UK city named ‘most dangerous in Europe’ in new survey – and it’s not London

The most dangerous city in Europe is in the UK – but it's not the nation's capital London.

According to a new survey from Expatriate Consultancy, the most dangerous city in Europe is actually Bradford.

Using data from Numbeo's Crime Index, which focuses on the increase in crime over the last three years – including thefts, robberies and attacks – it found that the 2025 UK City of Culture was the most dangerous place to visit.

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And it also came 26th in the list of most dangerous cities in the entire world.

According to the data, Bradford has 146 crimes per 1,000 people. The most common crimes are violence and sexual offences.

Coventry was second, with 102 crimes per 1,000 people.

The study adds: “For a few years, the city was a hotspot for rapes and sexual assaults, particularly in Keighley, a Bradford district that was also home to one of the many child grooming gangs operating in the UK at the time.”

The results of the survey have outraged some in the city.

Bradford District Commander, Chief Superintendent Rob McCoubrey, 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.

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“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."

The rankings are produced every six months, with Bradford topping the list for the first time.

It replaced Coventry, which topped it last time round.

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