UK city gets unwanted title of ‘most dangerous in Europe’ and another comes second

The UK city of Bradford is the most dangerous in Europe, according to Expatriate Consultancy.

The study helps people moving abroad, according to data from Numbeo’s Crime Index and is published twice a year.

The index looks at increases in crime over the past three years, alongside issues such as thefts, robberies and attacks.

Every city in the world is given a crime index value, according to several sources from the country, with a figure of less than 20 meaning a low prevalence of crime.

According to the list, the most dangerous city in Europe is Bradford in West Yorkshire, which has a crime index value of a whopping 71.24.

This also makes it the 26th most dangerous city in the world.

Furthermore, the second most dangerous city in Europe is another UK location; Coventry in the West Midlands.

It scored 68.35 on the crime index.

Both cities have relatively high crime rates, compared with many others in the UK.

In 2021, the overall rate for Bradford was 146 crimes per 1,000 people, the most common being violence and sexual offences.

For the same year, Coventry’s rate was 102 crimes per 1,000 people.

Yet some people have questioned the survey and whether its sources are valid, especially given that other UK cities have higher crime rates.

Birmingham, for example, had a rate of nearly 137 crimes per 1,000 people in 2021.

The study was dismissed by Bradford’s District Commander, chief superintendent Rob McCoubrey, who did not believe that Bradford was first place.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: ” West Yorkshire Police do not recognise this data and do not accept how any methodology can provide a credible comparison across continents, countries, and cities.

“Bradford is a safe place to live, work and visit. Like any city where deprivation and poverty exist there are of course challenges.

“However, we work closely with partner agencies and communities to effectively tackle issues as they emerge.

“For example, over the last three years knife crime in Bradford has fallen by 19 percent and residential burglaries by 57 percent.

“It is disappointing that this survey fails to recognise many of the attributes that make Bradford such a fantastic city.”

He added that the service’s crime data is set by the Home Office, and the West Yorkshire Police force adhere to strict rules.

He continued: “We are rated as ‘outstanding’ by [Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services] in respect of how we record crimes.

“People in Bradford can have confidence that when they report crime it will be properly recorded and acted upon.”