Crime is soaring across England and Wales with a surge of violence in peaceful suburbs now becoming the norm for many residents.
Data from the Home Office has revealed where the most dangerous areas of England and Wales are and where you could become a victim of crime.
Despite a surge in knife crimes and acid attacks across the capital this year, West Yorkshire remains the police force area where residents are most at risk of falling prey to crimes.
Crime in the area has remained high, in 2017 it soared by 40 per cent and this year residents in the area have been the most at risk across England and Wales when it comes to victim-based crime categories such as violent crime, robbery, sex offences, damage to property and theft of property.
The UK’s most dangerous places to live (above) include West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester
Crime in West Yorkshire rose by 9 per cent this year. Officers at a house in Leeds (pictured above) searched a property after a man died following a fight which broke out on Boxing Day morning
Where are the most dangerous places to live? According to how many victims of crime per 1,000 people in each area
1. West Yorkshire 101.7
2. Greater Manchester 98.6
3. Cleveland 95.1
4. South Yorkshire 88.4
5. Northumbria 88.4
6. Kent 87.6
7. Humberside 87.0
8. Durham 84.9
9. Lancashire 84.1
10. London (Met) 81.4
11. Nottinghamshire 76.3
12. Merseyside 75.5
13. West Midlands
14. Gwent 73.3
15. Leicestershire 69.4
16. Hampshire 69.2
17. Northamptonshire 68.7
18. Cambridgeshire 68.6
19. Avon and Somerset 68.0
20. North Wales 67.6
21. Staffordshire 67.2
22. South Wales 66.0
23. Bedfordshire 66.7
24. Essex 66.0
25. Warwickshire 65.6
26. Cheshire 65.3
27. Hertfordshire 61.0
28. Suffolk 59.5
29. West Mercia 59.0
30. Dorset 58.6
31. Thames Valley 58.6
32. Sussex 56.5
33. Wiltshire 54.4
34. Cumbria 53.8
35. Norfolk 52.9
36. Devon and Cornwall 52.0
37. Surrey 52.2
38. Lincolnshire 50.1
39. Gloucestershire 49.6
40. Derbyshire 48.4
41. North Yorkshire 44.4
42. Dyfed-Powys 43.1
Source: Home Office
This year crime in the area has risen once again by 9 per cent with West Yorkshire having come top of the list with 101.7 victim-based crimes per 1,000 people living there in the year up to June 2018.
This is while London is just 10th in the blacklist. However the spread of London gangs into the outer suburbs has meant that criminal networks continue to move into untapped territories, pushing up violence across the rest of the country.
According to the Home Office, the findings are proportional to the amount of people living in each police force’s area.
London was listed as the 10th most dangerous place. On Boxing Day a police cordon was places around flats in Clacton, East London, after a man’s body was discovered
This is while the data found that Kent is the most dangerous area for violent crime as youth crime in the area nearly doubled last year with knife crime soaring by more than 40 per cent.
The region has seen an increase in homegrown gangs and ‘county lines’ networks, with children as young as 10 having being found to have been involved in gang activity.
Elsewhere areas in the north of England such as Greater Manchester, Cleveland, South Yorkshire and Northumbria made up the rest of the top five regions.
Kent was found to be the area which suffered from the most violent crime. Police cordoned off a street in West Maling, Kent (pictured above) after a 65 year old woman died in a house fire. A 51-year-old man was arrested following the incident
If you’re looking to relocate to a safer area then Dyfed-Powys in Wales is your best bet. The data revealed the area is the safest place to live with just 43.1 offences per 1,000 people.
Which means that residents in West Yorkshire are more likely to be victims of crime than anyone else in the UK.
Other areas such as Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire were also among the least crime hit, while it was revealed that people living in London are more than twice more likely to be robbed than almost anywhere else in the country.
Areas such as Derbyshire (pictured above) were among the least hit by crime. Forensic staff (pictured above) examine and search a tented off area of Caxton Park
Over the last year the capital has been hit by a surge in violent moped thefts with 19,000 attacks.
Robbery offences in mid Wales were more than 35 times lower than the English capital.
One blackspot for both theft and criminal arson offences in Cleveland in the north east of England. This is while the region continues to slash local police in the area with forces such as Hartlerpool have to content with 10 officers to cover around 90,000 people.
In relation to areas which have been hit most by sexual offences, North Wales is top of the list, followed by Kent and West Yorkshire.
Crime across England and Wales increased by 10 percent over the last year compared to that of the previously year, while Police Scotland figures are published separately by the Scottish government and are not comparable to Home Office data.
Police blame budget cuts for soaring crime rates
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster of West Yorkshire Police, said budget cuts had put officers on the back foot and had left them unable to deal with violent crime.
He said: ‘In West Yorkshire we promote a culture of ethical crime recording and have made significant improvements to enhance the integrity of our crime statistics which has influenced an increase in recorded crime.
‘We as a force have experienced real rises in some areas of crime affecting our communities such as violence, burglary and robbery, similar to other forces nationally. Conversely we have seen a reduction in other areas of crime including vehicle crime and theft from the person. ‘
‘We have experienced some of the worst cuts to our budgets when compared to other forces nationally at a time when criminality is not only increasing, but evolving in terms of seriousness and complexity and at a time when we have seen unprecedented increases in calls for service to our 999 and 101 system,’ he told The Sun.