The map shows Christmas crime hotspots across England and Wales

MAP: Christmas crime hotspots this year

Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Merseyside are all identified in the new data (Image:

New research has revealed areas in England and Wales are increasingly at risk of crime this Christmas.

Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) was analyzed ahead of the holiday.

Hampshire took the top spot with the highest annual change in crime rate.

Comparing the crime rate in December 2020 to December 2021, the county recorded a 33.82% increase.

ADT, which conducted the research, says the numbers reflect an increase seen primarily during the festive period compared to other times of the year.

According to the data, Gloucestershire is also seeing an alarming rise in crime.

It ranks second on the list and saw a 32.32% increase in crime between December 2020 and December 2021.

The county, with a population of around 640,700, witnessed violence and theft.

Snowshill, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

Gloucestershire is among counties at risk of above-average crime rates this Christmas (Image: Getty Images)

In third place for the biggest year-on-year increase in crime was Merseyside, up 31.05%.

Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and North Wales narrowly avoided the top 3 hotspots when it came to areas identified in the data.

In Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire and Staffordshire crime has also risen sharply from year to year.

ADT has issued a range of advice for people wanting to stay safe this winter – especially if the house is empty while they visit loved ones.

People walk their dogs on Butser Hill in Hampshire. Much of the country has been warned of severe conditions over the weekend, with snow forecast for Scotland and south-east England. Picture date: Saturday December 10, 2022. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Hampshire saw crime rates up year-on-year (Image: PA)

Setting a burglar alarm, investing in a video doorbell or outdoor cameras, and opening doors and windows are important steps that can be taken.

They also advise keeping Christmas gifts and valuable items out of sight so as not to attract “unwanted” attention.

As part of the research, ADT also surveyed localized areas of England and Wales with the highest crime rates.

According to the research, the City of Westminster is the most dangerous part of London.

This region alone has a crime rate of 237.74, well above the Metropolitan Police average of 93.25.

Westminster is the area with the highest crime rate (Image: ADT)

Westminster is the area with the highest crime rate (Image: ADT)

Despite a drastic -12.68% year-on-year drop from December 2019 to 2021, this didn’t last long.

In just 12 months, the crime rate in the City of Westminster has seen a huge increase, with the number of criminal incidents increasing by 66.86% by December 2021.

Denbighshire in North Wales and Liverpool in Merseyside followed behind.

Names such as Southampton, Birmingham and Stoke on Trent also made the top ten list.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at

For more stories like this, Visit our news page. The map shows Christmas crime hotspots across England and Wales

Justin Scacco

InternetCloning is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button