Insight: The most dangerous places in the UK revealed

9th January 2019

Though the UK is recognised as the 33rd safest country, there are certain counties, towns and cities that are associated with high crime rates – as is the case with every country. Looking at data from the Office of National Statistics (the year ending September 2018) we can reveal the 5 most dangerous places in England and Wales. 

  1. West Yorkshire (123.2)
  2. Greater Manchester (120.8)
  3. Northumbria (110.4)
  4. Cleveland (109.5)
  5. Kent (107.8)

West Yorkshire is made up of five metropolitan boroughs: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. With a population of 2,307,000 it is the fourth most populated county. Police recorded a total of 284,271 crimes here, giving it a rating of 123.2 per 1,000 people. Greater Manchester follows closely with

338,127 crimes among its population of 2,798,800. Northumbria is ranked 3rd but having looked deeper into these stats, we can see that Northumbria Police recorded a total of 159,904 crimes, comprising 13,283 violence against the person crimes – making it one of the most dangerous places to live and work. Cleveland and Kent not too far behind, but this list shows just some of the places that are considered as most dangerous in the UK. Whether these statistics are surprising or not, it shows just how important police data can be in terms of providing an overview of crime in various locations, and more organisations are now looking to utilise intelligence from the police to rank their locations or estates in terms of risk. 

What is organisational risk profiling?

Organisational risk profiling is the process of identifying threats to an organisation. The goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the risks by assigning numerical values to variables, signifying different types of threats and the dangers posed. For large enterprises with multiple locations, it’s not only essential to discover the biggest risks to the company at large, but to narrow down on each location, analysing the likelihood of occurrence, low severity risks, high severity risks, singular risk and everything in between. 

How can Zinc Systems help?

With Synapse, our Incident Reporting, Analysis & Risk Management Platform, you’re able to collate reported data, analyse intelligence and enable resources and actions to be deployed in a fast, smooth and efficient manner. By combining data feeds from the police, white-labelled risk data sources, environmental impacts and demographics, we can provide a full picture of threats and risks, whilst including intelligence from proactive security briefings on upcoming events and protests, major incident and debrief reports, tactical and strategic assessments, hot topics, and asset risk profiles. With a user-friendly mobile app presenting all of the crucial data in a simple and intuitive dashboard, Synapse leads the way, offering critical and timely information.

Below are just a few of the key features.

  • Intelligence gathering - Reported data is automatically processed with in-built algorithms calculating priority and severity levels.
  • Real-time alerting - for a more effective use of intelligence, such as alarm activations, burglary, theft, fraud, arson, break-ins, assault and criminal damage among other incidents. 
  • Incident reporting - Allows for rapid self-reporting of incidents from multiple locations, leading to greater success in investigation, action and closure.
  • Critical communications - Easily able to send notifications to relevant contacts using the preferred communication methods whilst also acting as a central operational management system for day-to-day activities.
  • People Tracking / Geo-fencing - Responses can be automatically triggered when a mobile device enters or leaves a particular area, allowing for improved strategic decision making, boosting the safety of your people.

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