It’s always nice for Liverpool to get a nod for something. Over the past year we’ve had an array of recognition thrust upon us: the UK’s friendliest city, best city for nightlife, fastest growing economy outside of London, best special effects. Oh, maybe we’re getting our awards confused there. Whatever. This one, though, feels really important.
The UK Statistics Authority last week, at the request of MP Philip Hollobone, released crime figures that spanned across the country’s police forces. Amongst other things, they confirm Liverpool’s the second safest UK city to live in, after Newcastle. You wouldn’t think it, reading the red-faced horror headlines every day in the local media, but it’s true, and the stats speak for themselves now: this place is a lot safer than it used to be.
The figures make some interesting reading. According to the 2011/12 stats, 10 people in every thousand here are burgled. Just six in a thousand are a victim of some sort of car crime – a break-in or stolen vehicle. When it comes to street crime, we’re half as likely to get mugged or beaten up as Londoners. We are, though, twice as likely to bump into Jimmy Corkhill at a theatre.
Compared to other cities is where it gets really interesting: in Birmingham, you’re 10% more likely to have your home burgled than in Liverpool. In Manchester and London, it’s 20%. In Leeds it goes up to 30%, and Sheffield it rises to a whopping 50%.
Of course, this only covers reported crimes. But it’s all encouraging reading, and something to move forward with. For a place that’s had an unfairly sticky reputation in the media for being unsafe, these official statistics are a pleasant surprise, and very welcome.