Is Portsmouth one of the UK’s least safe cities? Our readers have their say on new study

Portsmouth has been named one of the UK’s least safe cities to live in.

A survey from Compare the Market analysed factors like crime, property damage, local medical services and weather.

Women's groups across the Portsmouth area can apply for the funding. Picture Shaun Roster

Women's groups across the Portsmouth area can apply for the funding. Picture Shaun Roster

Portsmouth ranked as number 24 out of 30, while Birmingham was voted as the safest at number one.

The story drew a lot of reaction from our readers on Facebook, with many pouring cold water on the survey and saying that Portsmouth was not as unsafe as the figures suggested.

What do you think? You can have your say on Facebook or on our comments section below.

Here are some of the comments posted to our Facebook page:

Pauline Piper: Get real! Yes it has its problems but really? Just avoid the wrong places as in any heavily populated city.

Chris Overthrow: This is odd. I have never felt unsafe in Portsmouth ever. Yes there are youths that might occasionally get lairy but they're all talk. In terms of crime are we saying all crime is unsafe? That's just not true.

Liam Bailey: Load of rubbish! London is the most unsafe city. Got a bigger murder rate than New York!

Chris Dowling: What about living in London with all the knife crime and increase in deaths? Acid attacks, scooter thefts, attacks happen daily in London. Portsmouth is no different than many other cities. Unfortunately our society is out of control in parts.

Joe Sweeney: I totally disagree. Portsmouth is one of top worse place to live, and probably the second worst with London the biggest. There is still people getting mugged, stabbed, also there is fights and robbery going on. How is that safe?

Pat Mulvihill: I have been to Portsmouth a few times and have never felt threatened in all my time there, it's a beautiful city, crime is not confined to just one town, let alone a city.

David Terry: Pompey safe as houses. 100x better than when I was a kid.

Ian Christopher Yates: I now live and work in Portsmouth and feel perfectly safe.

Stu Ford: If there hadn't been cuts of 20,000 coppers since 2010, and to youth programmes all around the country, every city would be safer!

Debbie Upchurch: I find it hard to believe that it’s worse than Manchester or Birmingham. I haven’t lived in Portsmouth for some years but growing up It was very safe. I even felt safe walking home late at night on my own even when a lot of sailors were in port.

Kerry Feast: Every city has its bad areas, I’ve travelled around the country watching Pompey and I’ve seen some far worse, scarier places than Portsmouth!