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Crime and Safety in Sheffield

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Sheffield is the most dangerous major city in South Yorkshire, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sheffield in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.1% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 94 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sheffield is the safest major city, and the 820th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Sheffield had the worst crime rate in South Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Sheffield residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 367 crimes at a rate of 0.66 per 1,000 residents. Sheffield recorded 509 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.92 the worst for criminal damage and arson in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sheffield are violence and sexual offences, with 19,204 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 17,190 offences and a difference of 3.65 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Sheffield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 468 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 1.5% from 2020's figure of 461 crimes.

Sheffield 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Cities, South Yorkshire

7% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

16% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sheffield is 7% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 16% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sheffield Crime Rate Over Time

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Sheffield Crime Map

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

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Sheffield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219150,301
20208748,048
20199552,442
20189049,700
20179351,397
20167139,379

Crime in Sheffield Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sheffield This Year

 SheffieldSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,11520.1327,46519.49 3.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4890.891,0020.71 20% more dangerous
Burglary3,7956.879,3476.63 3.5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5,83310.5615,61911.09 5% safer
Drugs1,7513.173,9502.80 12% more dangerous
Other Crime1,4072.554,5703.24 27% safer
Other Theft3,6376.599,3346.62 0.46% safer
Possession of Weapons6111.111,4551.03 7% more dangerous
Public Order5,70510.3314,91610.59 2.5% safer
Robbery5981.081,3970.99 8% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,8685.196,6454.72 9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person4680.858100.57 33% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3,9357.139,6956.88 3.5% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences19,20434.7853,63438.06 9% safer

Crime Over Time in Sheffield

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Recent Crimes in Sheffield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Public orderOn or near Plowright WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Halifax RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Adlington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Broomgrove RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near White LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022DrugsOn or near Totley Grange DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nuttall PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meersbrook RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liberty CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Manor Park WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Frith CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St John'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upperthorpe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maltravers PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Plowright WayUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maltravers TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Jenkin CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
June 2022Public orderOn or near Mather RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Sheffield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32242620 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.920.950.850.89 Safer
Burglary91077 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111011 Safer
Drugs1.72.33.23.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.12.52.6 Getting worse
Other Theft9967 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.941.21.21.1 Getting worse
Public Order891010 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.41.11.1 Safer
Shoplifting7765 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.31.80.830.85 Safer
Vehicle Crime91087 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28313135 Getting worse

Changes In Sheffield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sheffield's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bellhouse Road Playing Fields2---81216
City Road Cemetery and Crematorium1----00.04
Colley Park Recreation Ground5-1-401.3
Crookes Valley Park631-432.8
Ecclesfield Park6---110.71
Fox Hill Park Play Area1-115122
Gleadless Common1---100.16
Graves Park--2-200.05
Jaunty Park2-1-341.1
Longley Park15-1-310.70
Nottingham Cliff----202.4
The Ponderosa1----00.08
Wycliffe Congregational Church7-1-15103

Comparing Sheffield to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4810% safer
Sheffield91.10-
Bristol93.772.8% more dangerous
Coventry102.3711% more dangerous
Leicester111.7518% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9029% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1734% more dangerous
Bradford145.6037% more dangerous
Leeds153.0640% more dangerous

Crime in Sheffield's Neighbourhoods

Tinsley & Carbrook is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Sheffield, followed by Devonshire Quarter in second place, and Hillsborough, Owlerton & Wadsley Bridge as the third most dangerous area. Sheffield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bents Green & Millhouses, Ecclesall & Greystones, and Endcliffe & Ranmoor.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Arbourthorne68912417th
Bents Green & Millhouses2883057th
Birley9008129th
Brightside & Wincobank7958031st
Brincliffe & Sharrow Vale3404150th
Brinsworth6457236th
Broomhall6967634th
Broomhill & Lower Crookesmoor7068727th
Burngreave & Grimesthorpe2,424164Fourth
Cathedral & Kelham2,55712118th
Charnock & Basegreen3966538th
Crabtree & Fir Vale1,25112715th
Crookes2924746th
Darnall87210224th
Devonshire Quarter2,144191Second
Dore & Whirlow4033952nd
Ecclesall & Greystones3143455th
Ecclesfield South4095642nd
Endcliffe & Ranmoor3383456th
Firth Park1,06912616th
Gleadless4507137th
Greenhill & Lowedges5388228th
Hackenthorpe2895145th
Handsworth South5038130th
Heeley & Newfield Green86910622nd
Herdings & Gleadless Valley84613313th
Highfield & Lowfield2,053155Fifth
Hillsborough, Owlerton & Wadsley Bridge1,025168Third
Intake5707733rd
Malin Bridge & Wisewood4515840th
Meersbrook4355741st
Mosborough & Halfway4094648th
Nether Edge5325243rd
Norfolk Park99513214th
Norton & Norton Lees6507535th
Park Hill & Wybourn1,859137Tenth
Parson Cross1,33313711th
Richmond & Stradbroke87311320th
Sandygate & Crosspool2774449th
Sharrow1,18111519th
Sheffield Lane Top & Longley Park840139Ninth
Shirecliffe & Parkwood Springs1,001144Eighth
Shiregreen North5489325th
Shiregreen South6339126th
Sothall2134051st
Southey Green East87711221st
Southey Green West1,20013512th
Springvale & Steel Bank2223754th
Tinsley & Carbrook1,736245First
Totley & Bradway3935144th
Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe & Langsett1,16310323rd
Wadsley & Marlcliffe2203853rd
Walkley4304647th
Westfield & Waterthorpe6727832nd
Woodhouse West881146Seventh
Woodseats4606139th
Woodthorpe1,535151Sixth

Sheffield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourEndcliffe & Ranmoor (40)Park Hill & Wybourn (541)
Bicycle TheftMosborough & Halfway (1)Devonshire Quarter (57)
BurglaryMosborough & Halfway (19)Highfield & Lowfield (174)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBents Green & Millhouses (20)Woodhouse West (151)
DrugsDore & Whirlow (2)Tinsley & Carbrook (178)
Other CrimeWadsley & Marlcliffe (1)Shirecliffe & Parkwood Springs (44)
Other TheftBrincliffe & Sharrow Vale (14)Tinsley & Carbrook (158)
Possession of WeaponsDore & Whirlow (1)Devonshire Quarter (42)
Public OrderEndcliffe & Ranmoor (19)Cathedral & Kelham (483)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Walkley (1)Devonshire Quarter (59)
ShopliftingBents Green & Millhouses (1)Tinsley & Carbrook (342)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Endcliffe & Ranmoor (1)Devonshire Quarter (134)
Vehicle CrimeGreenhill & Lowedges (19)Tinsley & Carbrook (173)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBents Green & Millhouses (71)Devonshire Quarter (891)

Crime in Sheffield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sheffield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Sheffield saw a 104% increase in drugs. Sheffield saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 84% compared to May in 2019. Robbery saw a fall in every month of Sheffield's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+22%+37%+20%+9%+28%+23%+12%+3%+0%
Bicycle Theft-21%-32%-34%-31%+8%-25%+3%+19%-19%-24%
Burglary-32%-45%-46%-39%-20%-35%-36%-22%-20%-22%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-41%-24%-10%+12%+12%+1%-4%-1%-13%
Drugs+16%-4%+70%+49%+63%+27%+44%+57%+104%+68%
Other Crime+47%+16%+26%+19%+17%+37%-10%-+43%+36%
Other Theft-20%-46%-44%-45%-32%-30%-36%-41%-34%-33%
Possession of Weapons+16%-31%+11%-4%-11%-16%-3%+2%+54%-18%
Public Order+27%+14%+48%+19%-1%+3%+19%0%-1%-23%
Robbery-18%-62%-43%-48%-19%+58%-18%-39%-41%-24%
Shoplifting-2%-61%-41%-39%-24%-16%-10%-26%-24%-47%
Theft From the Person-20%-78%-84%-82%-69%-69%-49%-71%-80%-60%
Vehicle Crime-3%-43%-39%-46%-32%-25%-27%-20%-18%-14%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-7%+4%+4%+1%+4%+4%-5%-8%-17%

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 most dangerous major city in South Yorkshire.

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 (inc. pickpocketing).

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