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Crime and Safety in Harrogate

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Harrogate is the safest major town in North Yorkshire, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harrogate in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harrogate is the 24th safest major town, and the 1,977th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2018, Harrogate had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for possession of weapons, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Harrogate are violence and sexual offences, with 2,086 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 1,743 offences and a difference of 4.62 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Harrogate's least common crime is theft from the person, with 18 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 20 crimes.

Harrogate 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, North Yorkshire

53% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Harrogate is 53% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Harrogate Crime Rate Over Time

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Harrogate Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Harrogate represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Harrogate

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021634,688
2020594,347
2019705,158
2018664,896
2017564,174
2016503,703

Crime in Harrogate Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Harrogate This Year

 HarrogateNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,42132.6539,79734.12 4.5% safer
Bicycle Theft540.731,3371.15 58% safer
Burglary1942.624,4883.85 47% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6218.3711,6409.98 19% safer
Drugs2243.023,0422.61 14% more dangerous
Other Crime1001.351,9231.65 22% safer
Other Theft3184.296,1465.27 23% safer
Possession of Weapons350.476800.58 23% safer
Public Order4435.979,3398.01 34% safer
Robbery330.457130.61 36% safer
Shoplifting4055.465,9025.06 7% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.244280.37 54% safer
Vehicle Crime1572.123,5243.02 42% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,08628.1339,12033.54 19% safer

Harrogate Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate4,68863.22-
York11,92172.5313% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Harrogate

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Recent Crimes in Harrogate

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Strawberry DaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Crossways CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near King Edward'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Dorset CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parliament StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Norwich DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Haywra StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cold Bath PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Avenue TerraceOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Woodlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cambridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park EdgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Century WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fairfax WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Haywra CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cold Bath RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chestnut GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Durham WayFurther investigation is not in the public interest

Harrogate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37343933 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.60.770.73 Safer
Burglary553.62.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101088 Safer
Drugs2.52.93.03.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.11.21.4 Getting worse
Other Theft764.44.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.590.510.610.47No change
Public Order3.24.14.56 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.800.270.45 Safer
Shoplifting10755 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.810.270.24 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.53.33.42.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20262428 Getting worse

Changes In Harrogate's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Harrogate's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Harrogate that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Harrogate Cricket Club6---111.9

Comparing Harrogate to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate63.22-
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5230% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Harrogate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Harrogate1,076110First
Harrogate East77486Second
Harrogate West & Pannal35933Sixth
Saltergate56575Fourth
Starbeck71677Third
Stray43456Fifth

Harrogate Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarrogate West & Pannal (140)Central Harrogate (598)
Bicycle TheftHarrogate West & Pannal (2)Central Harrogate (21)
BurglaryHarrogate West & Pannal (16)Central Harrogate (41)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarrogate West & Pannal (55)Harrogate East (115)
DrugsHarrogate West & Pannal (20)Harrogate East (52)
Other CrimeStray (8)Harrogate East (28)
Other TheftHarrogate West & Pannal (23)Central Harrogate (88)
Possession of WeaponsStarbeck (2)Central Harrogate (13)
Public OrderHarrogate West & Pannal (22)Central Harrogate (110)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harrogate West & Pannal (1)Saltergate (8)
ShopliftingHarrogate West & Pannal (10)Central Harrogate (147)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Stray (3)Central Harrogate (11)
Vehicle CrimeStarbeck (15)Saltergate (23)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarrogate West & Pannal (164)Central Harrogate (441)

Crime in Harrogate During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Harrogate change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Harrogate saw a 300% increase in other crime. Harrogate saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Harrogate's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+47%+75%+20%-3%-7%-+8%-5%+17%
Bicycle Theft-38%-91%+57%-38%-43%-75%-67%-50%-75%-
Burglary--42%-58%-38%-15%-54%-51%-45%+18%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-48%+6%-40%-49%-24%+31%-21%-2%-7%
Drugs-43%-10%+93%-67%-11%+7%+22%+40%+35%-12%
Other Crime-57%+120%-20%+300%--55%-50%-89%+40%+50%
Other Theft+42%-69%-43%-55%+50%-14%-48%--45%-43%
Possession of Weapons-50%-33%+100%----33%+67%+50%-75%
Public Order+32%-50%+127%-22%+24%+7%+71%+7%+7%+30%
Robbery-75%-83%-67%--86%-50%-86%-+100%-75%
Shoplifting-4%-39%-59%-35%-29%-12%-20%-34%-23%-36%
Theft From the Person---80%--63%-80%-50%-50%-83%-67%
Vehicle Crime+95%--18%--12%-7%+5%-65%-54%+15%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-20%-16%-19%-2%+45%-21%-5%-25%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Harrogate

What police force serves Harrogate?
Harrogate's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Harrogate?
Harrogate is the safest major town in North Yorkshire.

What is Harrogate's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Harrogate are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Harrogate?
Harrogate's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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