How many possession of weapon crimes are reported in your area?

Tens of thousands of gun possession crimes are reported to the police every year, with some responders dealing with hundreds of incidents every month.

In the past three years (from October 2018 to September 2019) more than 124,000 gun crimes have been reported to police across England and Wales.

Analysis of official police figures shows, however, that some emergency services have to deal with far more incidents with gun possession than others.

Most of these crimes are handled by the Metropolitan Police, which investigated 17,303 over the three year period – the equivalent of 480 per month.

The second highest number of cases were handled by West Midlands Police, which handled an average of 219 cases each month.

Meanwhile, Dyfed-Powys police handled the fewest cases, at just 753 over three years, or 21 per month.

The map below shows all gun possession crimes reported to police in July, August and September 2021 in England and Wales. The borders represent each police area. Click on each marker to view more details about each crime.

But while the Met Police deal with far more gun ownership than any other police force, as their London officers they also cover an area where far more people live under their jurisdiction.

However, when you look at gun case ownership versus the number of residents in each area, the numbers look very different.

South Yorkshire Police handled the highest number of cases per person compared to the population in each area. On average, there were 117 gun cases for every 100,000 inhabitants each year.

The Met Police dealt with only 64 cases per 100,000 each year.

If you look at ownership cases, Cheshire is the safest place in England and Wales with an annual rate of only 34 cases per 100,000.

Greater Manchester Police Department had the second lowest annual rate at just 34.8 cases per 100,000.

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The numbers for each police force can be found below:

  • South Yorkshire Police – 117.5 cases per 100,000 population per year (1,655 per year)
  • Cleveland Police Department – 102.4 cases per 100,000 per year (583 per year)
  • West Yorkshire Police – 101.8 cases per 100,000 per year (2,373 per year)
  • Nottinghamshire Police – 100.3 cases per 100,000 per year (1,165 per year)
  • Sussex Police – 96.1 cases per 100,000 per year (1,646 per year)
  • West Midlands Police – 89.6 cases per 100,000 per year (2,625 per year)
  • Hampshire Police – 89.2 cases per 100,000 per year (1,776 per year)
  • Northamptonshire Police – 88.9 cases per 100,000 per year (670 per year)
  • Merseyside Police – 87.9 cases per 100,000 per year (1,256 per year)
  • Northumbria Police – 86.1 cases per 100,000 per year (1,261 per year)
  • Warwickshire Police – 80.6 cases per 100,000 per year (466 per year)
  • Essex Police Department – 78.0 cases per 100,000 per year (1,440 per year)
  • Derbyshire Police – 77.4 cases per 100,000 per year (820 per year)
  • Cambridgeshire Police – 75.4 cases per 100,000 per year (645 per year)
  • Kent Police – 74.6 cases per 100,000 per year (1,388 per year)
  • Lincolnshire Police – 72.84 cases per 100,000 per year (554 per year)
  • Lancashire Police Department – 72.0 cases per 100,000 per year (1,086 per year)
  • Leicestershire Police – 70.4 cases per 100,000 per year (774 per year)
  • Thames Valley Police – 69.0 cases per 100,000 per year (1,669 per year)
  • West Mercia Police – 68.3 cases per 100,000 per year (882 per year)
  • Norfolk Police – 67.3 cases per 100,000 per year (611 per year)
  • Devon and Cornwall Police – 65.7 cases per 100,000 per year (1,165 per year)
  • Metropolitan Police Service – 64.4 cases per 100,000 per year (5,768 per year)
  • Bedfordshire Police – 63.5 cases per 100,000 per year (428 per year)
  • Suffolk Police – 62.5 cases per 100,000 per year (476 per year)
  • Hertfordshire Police – 58.9 cases per 100,000 per year (701 per year)
  • Staffordshire Police – 56.2 cases per 100,000 per year (638 per year)
  • South Wales Police – 53.9 cases per 100,000 per year (721 per year)
  • Surrey Police – 52.4 cases per 100,000 per year (627 per year)
  • Cumbria Police – 51.7 cases per 100,000 per year (258 per year)
  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary – 51.6 cases per 100,000 per year (887 per year)
  • Humberside Police – 51.0 cases per 100,000 per year (475 per year)
  • Durham Police – 49.9 cases per 100,000 per year (318 per year)
  • Wiltshire Police – 49.6 cases per 100,000 per year (358 per year)
  • Dyfed-Powys Police – 48.3 cases per 100,000 per year (251 per year)
  • Gloucestershire Police – 46.1 cases per 100,000 per year (294 per year)
  • North Yorkshire Police – 43.4 cases per 100,000 per year (359 per year)
  • Gwent police – 43.0 cases per 100,000 per year (255 per year)
  • North Wales Police – 42.8 cases per 100,000 per year (299 per year)
  • Dorset Police Department – 39.7 cases per 100,000 per year (307 per year)
  • Greater Manchester Police – 34.8 cases per 100,000 per year (986 per year)
  • Cheshire Police – 33.7 cases per 100,000 per year (359 per year)

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