York Crime Overview

York is the most dangerous major town in North Yorkshire, and is the 54th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in York in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, York is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,102nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, York had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for York residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 46 crimes at a rate of 0.28 per 1,000 residents. York recorded 20 reports of theft from the person during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for theft from the person in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in York are violence and sexual offences, with 4,019 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 4,333 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2019's crime rate of 26. York's least common crime is theft from the person, with 70 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 230% from 2019's figure of 231 crimes.

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See how York shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how York and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in York Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in York This Year

 YorkNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,85541.7048,67141.730.07% safer
Bicycle Theft5263.201,2521.0767% more dangerous
Burglary4372.665,1654.4367% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1066.7311,0069.4440% safer
Drugs4192.553,0872.653.9% safer
Other Crime1711.042,0451.7568% safer
Other Theft6864.176,0695.2025% safer
Possession of Weapons810.497480.6431% safer
Public Order8955.457,1326.1112% safer
Robbery770.475730.494.3% safer
Shoplifting9605.845,2944.5422% more dangerous
Theft From the Person700.433890.3323% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3932.393,7243.1933% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,01924.4533,44728.6717% safer

York Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate4,32358.302.7% safer
York9,84059.87-

Crime Over Time in York

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York Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42413442Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.24.43.83.2Safer
Burglary4.64.64.52.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8887Safer
Drugs2.52.62.82.6Safer
Other Crime0.861.01.11.0Getting worse
Other Theft6774.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.440.460.49Getting worse
Public Order2.34.055Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.490.440.47Getting worse
Shoplifting9896Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.891.31.40.43Safer
Vehicle Crime2.92.82.72.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18242624Getting worse

Changes In York's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in York's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in York that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Acomb Cricket1----00.50
St Margaret's Church Building10-4-4267

Comparing York to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
York59.87-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in York's Neighbourhoods

York City Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in York, followed by Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood in second place, and Heworth South & The Groves as the third most dangerous area. York's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Acomb, Holgate East, and New Earswick.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Acomb3843711th
Clifton North52160Fifth
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe71254Sixth
Heworth South & The Groves77768Third
Holgate East33937Tenth
Holgate West59263Fourth
New Earswick27848Ninth
Tang Hall61154Seventh
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood77083Second
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park49052Eighth
York City Centre3,022224First

York Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHolgate East (203)York City Centre (2,091)
Bicycle TheftAcomb (10)York City Centre (179)
BurglaryAcomb (17)York City Centre (99)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAcomb (48)York City Centre (229)
DrugsAcomb (10)York City Centre (182)
Other CrimeTang Hall (6)York City Centre (47)
Other TheftAcomb (21)York City Centre (257)
Possession of WeaponsFulford Road & Clementhorpe (3)York City Centre (32)
Public OrderHolgate East (22)York City Centre (353)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Acomb (1)York City Centre (30)
ShopliftingNew Earswick (3)York City Centre (440)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fulford Road & Clementhorpe (1)York City Centre (52)
Vehicle CrimeNew Earswick (8)Tang Hall (51)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHolgate East (144)York City Centre (1,076)

Crime in York During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in York change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when York saw a 200% increase in possession of weapons. York saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+51%+36%+31%+23%+14%+13%+55%+28%+43%
Bicycle Theft+32%-40%-7%+40%-39%-64%-7%-58%+23%-11%
Burglary-59%-59%-23%-38%-45%-45%-38%-64%-55%-2%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-48%-29%-37%-30%+21%+8%+47%+1%-3%
Drugs-33%-10%+31%+5%-23%+9%-28%+3%-19%-26%
Other Crime+82%-31%--38%+13%-43%+70%+55%+6%-
Other Theft-43%-67%-46%-35%-53%-47%-29%-37%-53%-21%
Possession of Weapons-20%+17%-25%-13%-14%+200%-11%+43%+14%-
Public Order+28%-4%+28%+1%-5%-13%+5%+41%-22%+40%
Robbery-46%+17%+133%-20%+40%+67%+100%-18%-20%-60%
Shoplifting-32%-69%-58%-65%-46%-46%-34%-40%-13%-5%
Theft From the Person-44%--89%-84%-78%-67%-60%-85%--88%
Vehicle Crime+136%-7%+26%-12%-61%-51%+14%-42%-36%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-37%-14%+2%+8%-4%-5%+1%-16%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in York

What police force serves York?
York's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is York?
York is the most dangerous major town in North Yorkshire.
What is York's most common crime?
The most common crimes in York are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in York?
York's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021