Coventry is the most dangerous city in the UK and the 7th most dangerous in Europe according to a new ranking by the US-based geography website World Atlas.
The ranking is based on crime levels as well as a range of factors such as “perceived threat of being annoyed, harassed, insulted, or solicited by locals”. The data used was provided by Numbeo which identifies itself as: “the world’s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide”.
World Atlas states that Coventry: “suffers from a myriad of criminal activity. Anti-social behaviour, burglary, theft, drugs, robbery, sexual assault, and shop-lifting all cause insecurity in this city”.
It also pinpoints the areas Willenhall, Foleshill, Hillfield, and Wood End, whose crime rates are double the rest of the city’s, as ‘hot-spots’ of criminal activity.
On average, 900 to 1 000 crimes take place in Coventry each month, with anti-social behaviour and violence being the most common offences.
The only other British city to feature in the top ten is Glasgow, which takes 9th place, whilst Russian city Rostov-on-Don tops the ranking. The Italian cities Bari, Turin and Naples take 2nd, 3rd, and 4th position, respectively, and the French cities of Lille and Marseille come 5th and 6th.
However, according to the Coventry Telegraph there is: “a clear lack of any tangible or hard evidence to back up the claim that Coventry is the most dangerous city in the UK”. This is due to the facts that many of Numbeo’s crime indices are out of date and compiled from questionable sources such as tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail.