Crime in Greater Manchester
Crime in Greater Manchester has the second-highest incidence in England and Wales after Greater London. Crime in Greater Manchester is the responsibility of GMP (Greater Manchester Police and its chief constable Ian Hopkins). Its PCC was abolished in May 2017.
Greater Manchester is the second-largest metropolitan area in the UK outside of London; it is Britain's third city, after Birmingham. The area had around 334,000 recorded crimes in 2018, compared to around 165,000 for Lancashire and around 134,000 for Merseyside. Similar to Greater Manchester's number of crimes are West Yorkshire (291,000 in 2018), West Midlands (252,000 in 2018) and Kent (197,000). The Metropolitan Police had 835,000 recorded crimes in 2018.
Types of crime
Violence against the person
Violence against the person accounts for 17% of total crime in the city.
Criminal damage accounts for 10% of total crime.
Burglary accounts for 8% of crime.
Around 124,000 speeding motorists were caught from 2018-19, the most in the UK, and around 2,600 more than London.
Of all the Greater Manchester boroughs, Manchester has the highest incidence of crime, followed by Rochdale and Oldham. Trafford has the lowest incidence of crime in Greater Manchester.
- Crime in Merseyside
- Gun crime in south Manchester
- Greater Manchester Police Museum
- Law enforcement in the United Kingdom