The Fall of Manchesters Crime

Written by regionadmin

23rd July 2021

♦ Updated Mar 19, 2021

All information gathered from with the data collected being from March 2019 – February 2020.

Manchester has long been a controversial area when it comes to crime, being one of the largest cities in England, it is understandable that it may have some issues dealing with criminal activity.

We have decided to take a look into some of the statistics and found that between March 2019 – February 2020, there has been a stark drop off in crime and criminal activity in the Manchester area.

We have sorted this data by how it relates to the national average amount of crime. Let’s take a look at the statistics.

Theft From The Person – 93% of the national average

Theft from the person is defined as any activity which steals someone of their possessions which does not explicitly use or threaten any kind of force.

An example of this might be pickpocketing, the interesting thing to note here is that this is Manchester’s highest crime rate in relation to the rest of the country and it is still below average.

This is after seeing a massive 63.7% drop when compared year on year, so whilst this may have been a large issue in the past, it hasn’t been as of late.

Possession Of Weapons – 85% of the national average

A weapon is very broadly defined as any object which are designed to kill or inflict serious injury, this can include knives, swords, guns, and knuckledusters.

This is typically a problem in larger cities as knife crime has long been an issue Britain has battled with but again, this is below average in Manchester with another large drop off of 59.6% when comparing year on year statistics.

Robbery – 82% of the national average

Robbery is, in essence, theft with force, any type of stealing from someone whilst threatening or using force can be deemed as robbery. Once again, this is lower than the national average, with another drop off of 70.8%.

Public Order Crime – 75% of the national average

Public order crime is a little complicated to put an exact definition on but is, in essence, any activities which disrupt or prevent the efficient running of society on any scale. The drop this time is 69%, seeing yet more progress being made in comparison to the rest of the country.

Other Crime – 59% of the national average

Other crime is simply the term used to define crime that isn’t strictly categorised by any other category. The drop here was 64.9%, another large drop off.

Vehicle Crime – 54% of the national average

Vehicle crime can be considered in a number of ways but mainly involves the illicit trafficking, sales and reselling of vehicles or vehicle parts. This has dropped by another 67.2% in comparison to last year, leaving it at just over half the national average.

Burglary – 51% of the national average

Burglary is stealing specifically from someone’s property; this can be whilst they are or aren’t present and it could be from a business or residence. This has seen a large drop of 71.5%

Criminal Damage and Arson – 46% of the national average

Criminal damage and arson are defined as any damage caused to a property with malicious intent, be it through the use of fire or other means.

This is often times one of the most worrying statistics for businesses and so is something we study heavily; this has dropped off by 68.8% in comparison to last year.

Other Theft Crime – 46% of the national average

This is any kind of theft that doesn’t strictly fall into the category of robbery, theft from the person or burglary. This has had an annual drop off of 65.7%

Drugs – 46% of the national average

Drug crime can relate to either the consumption, possession or resale of drugs with different punishments available for the different crimes. The annual change has dropped by 43.6%

Bicycle Theft Crime – 45% of the national average

Something that isn’t often thought about but definitely prevalent is bicycle theft specifically, this has dropped by a huge 71.5% over the last year.

Violent Crime – 44% of the national average

Violent crime is a very broad topic and covers aspects from assault to murder, anything which inflicts some form of harm on anyone else or causes them to be harmed by anything else would be considered a violent crime. This has dropped by 66.4%

Antisocial Behaviour Crime – 38% of the national average

This is another term not easily defined but the gist is continuous behaviour which is done to distress or alarm people of another household.

This could be playing music very loud after being warned not to, or something like public indecency. Fortunately, this is very rare as you can see with another big drop off of 65%

Shoplifting Crime – 38% of the national average

Shoplifting is just the act of taking items from a shop without paying for them, a worry for shopkeepers but with it nearly being only a third of what the rest of the nation experiences, it isn’t too much to worry about. The drop off is 62.7%

So as you can see, Manchester has in the past had to deal with a lot more crime but has seen some massive drop offs, primarily due to COVID-19 but it is up to the police and security forces to ensure this number stays down well after COVID-19 is no longer an issue.

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