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Crime in Greater Manchester has the second-highest incidence in England and Wales after Greater London.[improper synthesis? (See discussion.)][1][failed verification] Crime in Greater Manchester is the responsibility of the GMP (Greater Manchester Police and its chief constable Ian Hopkins).[dubious ] Its PCC was abolished in May 2017.[not verified in body]

Bamfurlong police station in November 2005
Bamfurlong police station in November 2005


Greater Manchester is the second-largest metropolitan area in the UK outside of London. The area had around 334,000 recorded crimes in 2018, compared to around 165,000 for Lancashire and around 134,000 for Merseyside.[2] 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.[citation needed]

Criminal damage

Criminal damage accounts for 10% of total crime.[citation needed]


Burglary accounts for 8% of crime.[citation needed]


Around 124,000 speeding motorists were caught from 2018 to 2019, the most in the UK, and around 2,600 more than London.[citation needed]

Nexus House, the headquarters of GMP in 2011
Nexus House, the headquarters of GMP in 2011


Manchester was bombed by the IRA in 1992 and 1996 and by an Islamist suicide bomber in 2017.


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.[citation needed]


The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), known as the Northern NABIS Hub,[3] is in Manchester, where the organisation works with the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS).[relevant?]

See also