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Right in the centre of England lies the East Midlands. With a population of over four million, it’s made up of five counties: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

We wanted to find out how dangerous the East Midlands is. As such, we’ve listed all five of the counties contained within in the East Midlands in terms of their respective crime rates per 1,000 people (excluding fraud). All figures are sourced from the Office of National Statistics (year ending December 2018).


5 Derbyshire – 56.4

With a population of 1,049,000, Derbyshire is a relatively large county. It holds historical significance as being the first place to have an operational silk mill and is often claimed to be the ‘birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.’

Derbyshire is also home to a significant portion of the Peak District National Park, as well as part of the National Forest. Derby and Chesterfield are – by far – the two most populous urban areas in Derbyshire. As such, these areas are where the majority of the 59,162 reported crimes committed in Derbyshire took place.

The crime rate in Derbyshire is 56.4 per 1,000 people. The county saw a total of 59,162 crimes reported to the year ending December 2018, including 16,562 violence against the person offences, 640 robberies and 25,753 thefts.


4 Lincolnshire – 64.7

At number four, we have Lincolnshire, which has a population of around 751,200. The county is home to many historical landmarks, including a medieval cathedral, Lincoln Castle and many well-preserved 12th century homes. Lincolnshire – specifically, Lincoln – was also the place where the first tanks were manufactured.

The Lincolnshire geography is fairly varied, containing the Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Whisby Nature Park Local Nature Reserve, Donna Nook National Nature reserve, RSPB Frampton Marsh and Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve. A relatively flat area of land, the highest point in the county is Wolds Top at only 168 metres, and some part of the Fens are actually below sea level.

The overall crime rate in Lincolnshire is 64.7 per 1,000 people. In the year ending December 2018, a total of 48,582 crimes were reported. This included 14,882 violence against the person offences, 334 robberies and 19,145 thefts.


3 Northamptonshire – 79.1

With a population of around 741,200, the county of Northamptonshire is home to many features of historical significance. These include Northampton Castle, the largest collection of shoes in the world and the Boughton House country residence.

Covering an area of 913 sq mi, Northamptonshire contains the watershed between the River Severn and The Walsh – as well as the source of the River Nene. The most populous towns in the region are Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough – with Northampton being both the most populous and the county town.

The total crime rate for Northampton is 79.1 per 1,000 people. Overall, 58,632 crimes were reported in Nottinghamshire in the year ending December 2018, including 30,954 violence against the person offences, 1,225 robberies and 24,560 thefts.


2 Leicestershire – 80.5

Renowned the world over for its famous cheese and for being home to one of the oldest cities in England (Leicester), Leicestershire has a population of approximately 1,042,800. It is the birthplace of TV sports presenter and former England footballer, Gary Lineker and also boasts the National Space Centre at Leicester University.

Leicestershire is the geographical centre of England, and a large portion of the north-west of the county forms part of the National Forest.

The number of crimes reported in Leicestershire was 25,327. Making the overall crime rate for Leicester 80.5 per 1,000 people. A total of 87,167 crimes were recorded in Leicestershire in the year ending December 2018. This included 25,327 violence against the person offences, 1,019 robberies and 36,999 thefts.


1 Nottinghamshire – 90.8

Known for being home to the city of the famous Robin Hood, Nottinghamshire has a population of around 1,147,100. The county town, Nottingham, was celebrated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015 – but it is also reportedly the eighth most deprived city in England.

Bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south and Derbyshire to the west, Nottinghamshire is a landlocked county which sits on extensive coal measures. Over half of the population live in the Greater Nottingham conurbation, which extends from Nottingham into Derbyshire.

Overall, the crime rate for Nottinghamshire is 90.8 per 1,000 people. In the year ending December 2018, a total of 104,112 crimes were reported in Nottinghamshire, including 30,954 violence against the person offences, 1,225 robberies and 42,926 thefts.

When compared to other regions, The East Midlands scores around average in terms of its total crime rate. In the year ending December 2019, a total of 357,665 crimes were recorded in the East Midlands. This gives the region a crime rate of 75 per 1,000 people.


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John Melling is a Director for Churchill Security Ltd. John is a highly motivated, determined and decisive security industry professional. Drawing on his extensive experience gained within the security industry whilst working on the coalface John has operated at all levels within the industry. He has a proven track record for motivating and leading high performance teams and has helped mentor and develop many people at Churchill who now hold key or senior positions within the business. John is committed to delivering only the finest services, exercising compelling leadership, maintaining good internal morale and striving to resolve any challenges efficiently and effectively.