Sheffield Crime Overview

Sheffield is the safest major city in Yorkshire and The Humber, and the second safest overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Sheffield in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people.

In May 2020, Sheffield had the worst crime rate in Yorkshire and The Humber for possession of weapons, with 59 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2017 was also a bad month for Sheffield residents, when it was Yorkshire and The Humber's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 80 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Sheffield recorded 118 reports of theft from the person during June 2017, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for theft from the person in Yorkshire and The Humber that month.

The most common crimes in Sheffield are violence and sexual offences, with 15,467 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 16,631 offences and a difference of 1.99 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Sheffield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 426 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 133% from 2019's figure of 992 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Sheffield This Year

 Sheffield
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,12422.44
Bicycle Theft4310.74
Burglary3,3825.78
Criminal Damage and Arson4,9098.39
Drugs1,5922.72
Other Crime1,2672.17
Other Theft2,8714.91
Possession of Weapons5901.01
Public Order5,1108.74
Robbery5320.91
Shoplifting2,8364.85
Theft From the Person4260.73
Vehicle Crime3,8586.60
Violence and Sexual Offences15,46726.45

Sheffield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47302222Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.870.890.74Safer
Burglary9996Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1210108Safer
Drugs1.41.62.12.7Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.71.92.2Getting worse
Other Theft9984.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.900.901.11.0Getting worse
Public Order7789Getting worse
Robbery1.51.31.30.91Safer
Shoplifting8674.8Safer
Theft From the Person2.02.11.70.73Safer
Vehicle Crime9897Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23262826Getting worse

Comparing Sheffield to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.503.5% safer
Sheffield73.99-
Kirklees74.230.32% more dangerous
Croydon77.184.1% more dangerous
Bradford79.197% more dangerous
London80.708% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0217% more dangerous
Bristol91.5719% more dangerous
Leeds91.9019% more dangerous
Leicester102.5128% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9430% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sheffield

What police force serves Sheffield?
Sheffield's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Sheffield?
Sheffield is the safest major city in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is Sheffield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Sheffield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Sheffield?
Sheffield's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021