Leeds Crime Overview

Leeds is the most dangerous major city in Yorkshire and The Humber, and among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Leeds in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Leeds had the worst crime rate in Yorkshire and The Humber for burglary, with 462 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Leeds residents, when it was Yorkshire and The Humber's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 823 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Leeds recorded 259 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for drugs in Yorkshire and The Humber that month.

The most common crimes in Leeds are violence and sexual offences, with 29,978 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 34,242 offences and a difference of 5.37 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Leeds's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 719 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 14% from 2019's figure of 821 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Leeds This Year

 Leeds
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour15,35519.36
Bicycle Theft9681.22
Burglary4,6005.80
Criminal Damage and Arson7,7949.83
Drugs2,7203.43
Other Crime1,8532.34
Other Theft5,3026.68
Possession of Weapons7190.91
Public Order8,78611.08
Robbery9211.16
Shoplifting3,7084.68
Theft From the Person9011.14
Vehicle Crime4,6415.85
Violence and Sexual Offences29,97837.80

Leeds Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23201719Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.81.31.2Safer
Burglary1111106Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121110Safer
Drugs2.32.63.13.4Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.62.72.3Safer
Other Theft1111117Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.991.00.91Getting worse
Public Order7101111Getting worse
Robbery1.31.81.71.2Safer
Shoplifting8874.7Safer
Theft From the Person2.62.62.61.1Safer
Vehicle Crime9996Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31404338Safer

Comparing Leeds to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5029% safer
Sheffield73.9924% safer
Kirklees74.2324% safer
Croydon77.1819% safer
Bradford79.1916% safer
London80.7014% safer
Birmingham89.023.2% safer
Bristol91.570.36% safer
Leeds91.90-
Leicester102.5110% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9413% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leeds

What police force serves Leeds?
Leeds's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Leeds?
Leeds is the most dangerous major city in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is Leeds's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Leeds are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Leeds?
Leeds's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021