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If you’re thinking about buying your first home or are considering relocating to a different part of the UK, be it for your career or family, living in a place where you feel safe is more than likely at the top of your wish list.

Well, thanks to a study conducted for a true-crime documentary series, the safest cities in the UK (and the most dangerous) have been revealed!

If homeowners are looking to feel as safe as possible Edinburgh has been crowned as the safest place to live in the UK. Poll results found that 90% of people in the Scottish capital feel perfectly safe both in their homes and whilst they’re out and about, with just 16% of the population experiencing some sort of criminal activity.

 

“Edinburgh has been crowned as the safest place to live in the UK”

 

At the opposite end of the scale, Birmingham has been voted as the most unsafe and dangerous city in the UK, with a massive 42% of residents feeling at risk, even during the day. Research from the poll revealed that even a third of people living in the city worry when they are in their own home.

A spokesman for the crime documentary stated that “the results of the study offer a fascinating insight into how safe we as Britons feel in our cities and towns.”

Approximately 56% of people living Birmingham said in the poll that they would recommend the major UK city as somewhere safe to live, whereas 82% would recommend Edinburgh – a huge difference.

Following Birmingham in the list of the most dangerous places to live in the UK was Leicester, Manchester, London and Sheffield. Following Edinburgh, on the other hand, was the safest UK cities as Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Southampton and Cambridge.

The study which polled around 2,000 Brits revealed that 31% have felt unsafe in their homes at one point or another, with nearly 25% experiencing or hearing of break-ins or attacks in their local area. Just under half of those polled have known a victim of crime, with a home break-in being the most commonly experienced offence.

 

“Birmingham has been voted as the most unsafe and dangerous city in the UK”

 

Over a third know someone who has been the target of car theft and nearly a quarter are friends with someone who has experienced a mugging. It has also emerged that nearly 25% of people in the UK have been a victim of crime in the town or city in which they live. Half would like to see an increase in police patrolling the streets with a third saying more CCTV cameras would help ease their worries.

As a result of feeling so anxious, nearly a quarter of residents have either moved from their homes or have considered moving to an entirely different town or city altogether in a bid to feel safer. In fact, 60% of people polled believed towns and rural areas are generally safer than larger cities, with around half under the impressions they have become more worried about their safety as they got older.

One-third of those who took part in the study felt less safe now where they currently live than they did 10 years ago.

Safest Places to Live in the UK

  1. Edinburgh
  2. Bristol
  3. Brighton & Hove
  4. Southampton
  5. Cambridge

Most Dangerous Places to Live in the UK

  1. Birmingham
  2. Leicester
  3. Manchester
  4. London
  5. Sheffield

If like many of the residents polled in the study, are worries about your safety or feel as if your home would benefit from added security measures, IDS Security Systems offer a range of fantastic home security solutions that can improve your safety and safety of your home. From CCTV cameras to intruder alarms, our range of home security systems enable you to protect your home in the most effective way possible. Even better, our range of home security systems can be integrated to create a truly bespoke security measure! To learn more about our security systems, click below.

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