This is a question that needs to be asked because the UK’s approx. 2,500 postcode districts vary massively in size – from 2.33 hectares in London WC1A to 85,165 hectares in LD3 in Wales. And they vary just as hugely in residential and daytime population. For example, CR0 in Croydon, London has a residential population of 153,812 and UB11 in Hillingdon has just 2.
The answer – I would suggest – it to measure crime or type of crime total per hectare. That is a unique feature to UKCrimeStats. You can run a report and it will show you the top 100 highest/lowest , total crime, crime rate, crimes per hectare, crime rate per hectare between your choice of dates. To see more than 100 rows – actually all 2,500 postcode districts, just check the box “Export all results to Excel” and it will give you a csv file to look at. See our postcode district page here available with a subscription starting at £4.99 per month.
In the meantime, here are the results for calendar year 2022 – Top 10 postcode districts with the highest Total Crime and Asb count per hectare.
|Postcode District||Region||Area||Population||Land Area in Hectares||Total Crime & ASB|
|WC1A||Camden||New Oxford Street||911||2.33||492.2747|
|W1B||Westminster||Portland Street Regent Street||549||7.58||392.2164|
|W1S||Westminster||Hanover Square Savile Row||299||10.29||353.3528|
|W1F||Westminster||Soho (north west)||1584||19.45||320.8226|
|W1D||Westminster||Soho (south east); Chinatown Soho Square||1242||34.99||315.3758|
|L2||Liverpool||Liverpool city centre||935||14.93||161.286|
|B2||Birmingham||Birmingham City Centre Ladywood||655||23.3||129.6137|
|WC2B||Camden||Drury Lane Aldwych||1831||16.17||118.2437|
|W1T||Camden||Fitzrovia Tottenham Court Road||4304||35.49||113.1868|
It’s interesting that in the top 10, the only non-London place is in Birmingham City Centre. Only London across the UK has this kind of urban density.