Harrogate Crime Overview

Harrogate is the safest major town in North Yorkshire, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harrogate in 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harrogate is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,237th 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 1,736 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 1,905 offences and a difference of 2.28 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Harrogate's least common crime is robbery, with 20 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 195% from 2019's figure of 59 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Harrogate This Year

 HarrogateNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,85238.4648,67141.739% safer
Bicycle Theft570.771,2521.0739% safer
Burglary2683.615,1654.4323% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5537.4611,0069.4427% safer
Drugs2212.983,0872.6511% more dangerous
Other Crime891.202,0451.7546% safer
Other Theft3244.376,0695.2019% safer
Possession of Weapons430.587480.6410% safer
Public Order3344.507,1326.1136% safer
Robbery200.275730.4981% safer
Shoplifting4075.495,2944.5417% more dangerous
Theft From the Person200.273890.3322% safer
Vehicle Crime2513.383,7243.196% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,73623.4133,44728.6722% safer

Crime in Harrogate Compared To North Yorkshire

Harrogate Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate4,32358.30-
York9,84059.872.6% more dangerous

Harrogate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42373438Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.11.91.60.77Safer
Burglary4.2553.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010107Safer
Drugs2.02.42.93.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.01.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft6764.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.590.510.58Getting worse
Public Order1.83.24.04.5Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.420.800.27Safer
Shoplifting101075Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.660.810.27Safer
Vehicle Crime2.84.43.33.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15202623Getting worse

Changes In Harrogate's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Harrogate to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate58.30-
Barnet67.7114% more dangerous
Coventry77.4125% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Harrogate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Harrogate1,141117First
Harrogate East75184Second
Harrogate West & Pannal39537Sixth
Saltergate48565Third
Starbeck56160Fourth
Stray45058Fifth

Harrogate Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Harrogate for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarrogate West & Pannal (177)Central Harrogate (742)
Bicycle TheftSaltergate (2)Harrogate East (18)
BurglarySaltergate (20)Central Harrogate (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarrogate West & Pannal (34)Harrogate East (120)
DrugsStarbeck (19)Central Harrogate (68)
Other CrimeStarbeck (7)Harrogate East (21)
Other TheftHarrogate West & Pannal (29)Central Harrogate (84)
Possession of WeaponsHarrogate West & Pannal (2)Central Harrogate (12)
Public OrderHarrogate West & Pannal (17)Central Harrogate (90)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Starbeck (1)Central Harrogate (10)
ShopliftingHarrogate West & Pannal (9)Central Harrogate (189)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Starbeck (1)Central Harrogate (11)
Vehicle CrimeStarbeck (9)Harrogate West & Pannal (80)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarrogate West & Pannal (127)Central Harrogate (423)

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%+46%+75%+21%-4%-6%+1%+6%-3%+18%
Bicycle Theft-38%-91%+57%-38%-43%-75%-67%-50%-75%-
Burglary--42%-57%-38%-15%-56%-49%-45%+18%-15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-48%+4%-42%-49%-22%+32%-21%-2%-12%
Drugs-43%-10%+93%-67%-6%+7%+22%+40%+35%-12%
Other Crime-57%+120%-30%+300%--55%-50%-89%+40%+50%
Other Theft+42%-69%-41%-55%+50%-14%-47%--45%-44%
Possession of Weapons-50%-33%+100%----33%+67%+50%-75%
Public Order+39%-50%+127%-22%+29%+7%+78%+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%--14%--6%-7%+5%-65%-54%+15%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-19%-17%-18%-2%+45%-20%-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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021