Below you will find a general summary of the crime situation and what to expect when purchasing a property in the UK.
The United Kingdom is often regarded by foreigners and nationals as an over-policed state. With an unprecedented amount of speed cameras policing most roadways, rules and regulations are regularly enforced to keep public order.
Despite these measures, some parts of the country still suffer from drink/drug-related crime as well as the usual inner city crimes of theft, mugging and gang fights. It is important to avoid such places, particularly at night, while keeping a healthy perspective on the fact that both urban and rural England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are largely safe and civilised places to be. In fact, they often offer the best of polite behaviour that the British have been so famous for over the years.
As in every country, certain precautions need to be made to ensure your stay in the UK as crime-free as possible:
Law enforcement is undertaken by individual police forces within each local authority, ensuring a localised and immediate service to the community. The police are regulated by the policing laws of Great Britain under the Home Office, a government department that exercises control over the police force at a national level.
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