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Crime and Safety in York

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York is the most dangerous major town in North Yorkshire, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in York in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.3% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, York is the 32nd safest major town, and the 1,424th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, York had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for York residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. York recorded 126 reports of shoplifting during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.77 the worst for shoplifting in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in York are violence and sexual offences, with 5,142 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 4,289 offences and a difference of 5.19 from 2020's crime rate of 26. York's least common crime is theft from the person, with 84 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 17% from 2020's figure of 70 crimes.

York 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, North Yorkshire

34% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

5% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in York is 34% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 5% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

York Crime Rate Over Time

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York Crime Map

Incidents mapped in York 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 York

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217311,921
20206510,629
20197712,736
20187311,930
20176410,582
20166410,493

Crime in York Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in York This Year

 YorkNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,68340.6639,79734.12 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6924.211,3371.15 73% more dangerous
Burglary4852.954,4883.85 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3007.9111,6409.98 26% safer
Drugs4402.683,0422.61 2.6% more dangerous
Other Crime1560.951,9231.65 74% safer
Other Theft7754.726,1465.27 12% safer
Possession of Weapons880.546800.58 7% safer
Public Order1,1907.249,3398.01 11% safer
Robbery980.607130.61 1.7% safer
Shoplifting1,1346.905,9025.06 27% more dangerous
Theft From the Person840.514280.37 27% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3372.053,5243.02 47% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,14231.2839,12033.54 7% safer

York Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Harrogate4,68863.2215% safer
York11,92172.53-

Crime Over Time in York

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Recent Crimes in York

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Paver LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Nunnery LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bishopthorpe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Thanet RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dale StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Martin'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Moat FieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Lowther StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sandcroft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Fourth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ancroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Clay PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Dennison StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Alexandra CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Martin Cheeseman CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kathryn AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dodsworth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gale LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heslington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

York Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43364541 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.64.03.74.2 Safer
Burglary5.04.82.93.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9878 Safer
Drugs2.82.82.72.7 Safer
Other Crime1.21.21.20.95 Safer
Other Theft784.64.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.490.540.54 Getting worse
Public Order4.1567 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.460.490.60 Getting worse
Shoplifting91077 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.50.430.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.12.92.62.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25282631 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.088% safer
York72.53-
Croydon82.4812% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0519% more dangerous
Bristol90.5220% more dangerous
Coventry102.2429% more dangerous
Leicester111.5935% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0641% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6444% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% 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 Clifton North as the third most dangerous area. York's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Acomb, Holgate East, and Tang Hall.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Acomb37836Tenth
Clifton North73985Third
Fulford Road & Clementhorpe71654Eighth
Heworth South & The Groves91080Fourth
Holgate East3073411th
Holgate West59864Sixth
New Earswick37064Fifth
Tang Hall60253Ninth
Westfield, Chapelfields & Foxwood924100Second
Woodthorpe & Acomb Park57461Seventh
York City Centre3,574265First

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 (191)York City Centre (2,018)
Bicycle TheftAcomb (3)York City Centre (240)
BurglaryNew Earswick (7)York City Centre (93)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHolgate East (33)York City Centre (297)
DrugsHolgate East (7)York City Centre (141)
Other CrimeFulford Road & Clementhorpe (7)York City Centre (35)
Other TheftAcomb (21)York City Centre (223)
Possession of WeaponsWoodthorpe & Acomb Park (2)York City Centre (25)
Public OrderHolgate East (22)York City Centre (424)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Acomb (1)York City Centre (44)
ShopliftingHolgate East (1)York City Centre (496)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Heworth South & The Groves (1)York City Centre (65)
Vehicle CrimeFulford Road & Clementhorpe (11)Woodthorpe & Acomb Park (40)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHolgate East (143)York City Centre (1,455)

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-3%+52%+38%+34%+21%+14%+15%+56%+28%+47%
Bicycle Theft+46%-37%-2%+41%-33%-60%-2%-53%+17%+8%
Burglary-58%-60%-23%-43%-49%-41%-36%-59%-53%-8%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-48%-32%-41%-25%+10%+8%+36%-1%+2%
Drugs-29%-10%+33%+2%-17%+16%-25%+13%-12%-23%
Other Crime+100%-23%-12%-7%+11%-40%+64%+38%+17%+6%
Other Theft-42%-63%-53%-35%-55%-48%-26%-35%-50%-15%
Possession of Weapons-43%--25%-13%-+200%-+57%+14%-20%
Public Order+31%-6%+21%-1%+1%-7%+3%+35%-14%+39%
Robbery-46%+33%+133%-20%+40%+67%+80%-25%-43%-60%
Shoplifting-33%-69%-56%-65%-44%-42%-26%-42%-10%-4%
Theft From the Person-55%--89%-84%-78%-67%-62%-86%--88%
Vehicle Crime+142%-6%+29%-21%-63%-48%+16%-33%-26%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-35%-15%+4%+5%-2%-6%+2%-14%-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).

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