Sheffield Crime Overview

Sheffield is the most dangerous major city in South Yorkshire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sheffield in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.4% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sheffield is the safest major city, and the 816th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, 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 2020 was also a bad month for Sheffield residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 331 crimes at a rate of 0.60 per 1,000 residents. Sheffield recorded 421 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst for criminal damage and arson in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Sheffield are violence and sexual offences, with 16,949 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 16,748 offences and a difference of 0.37 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Sheffield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 459 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 116% from 2019's figure of 990 crimes.

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Crime in Sheffield Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Sheffield This Year

 SheffieldSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14,01825.3934,85824.742.6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft4660.848860.6325% more dangerous
Burglary3,7496.7910,0317.124.9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5,3769.7414,69110.437% safer
Drugs1,7623.193,9992.8411% more dangerous
Other Crime1,3882.514,3183.0622% safer
Other Theft3,1745.759,0806.4412% safer
Possession of Weapons6381.161,5391.096% more dangerous
Public Order5,5029.9614,28310.141.8% safer
Robbery5861.061,3190.9411% more dangerous
Shoplifting3,0365.506,6874.7514% more dangerous
Theft From the Person4590.838430.6028% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4,2957.7810,1857.237% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences16,94930.7048,40334.3512% safer

Crime Over Time in Sheffield

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Sheffield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50322325Safer
Bicycle Theft1.30.910.950.84Safer
Burglary10997Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13111010Safer
Drugs1.51.72.23.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.82.12.5Getting worse
Other Theft10986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.931.21.2Getting worse
Public Order78910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.41.41.1Safer
Shoplifting8676Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.22.31.80.83Safer
Vehicle Crime109108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25283031Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7127% safer
Coventry77.4111% safer
Croydon83.223.1% safer
Sheffield85.81-
Bristol86.210.46% more dangerous
Leicester97.4412% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Sheffield's Neighbourhoods

Tinsley & Carbrook is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Sheffield, followed by Devonshire Quarter in second place, and Burngreave & Grimesthorpe 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
Arbourthorne813147Fifth
Bents Green & Millhouses3193355th
Birley9458630th
Brightside & Wincobank7167237th
Brincliffe & Sharrow Vale3814647th
Brinsworth7438331st
Broomhall6547138th
Broomhill & Lower Crookesmoor6467932nd
Burngreave & Grimesthorpe2,355159Third
Cathedral & Kelham2,23110520th
Charnock & Basegreen4527436th
Crabtree & Fir Vale1,03410521st
Crookes2664351st
Darnall85310023rd
Devonshire Quarter1,830163Second
Dore & Whirlow3453454th
Ecclesall & Greystones3003356th
Ecclesfield South4626340th
Endcliffe & Ranmoor2882957th
Firth Park93011018th
Gleadless4787535th
Greenhill & Lowedges6059227th
Hackenthorpe4007039th
Handsworth South5909425th
Heeley & Newfield Green7799524th
Herdings & Gleadless Valley74511716th
Highfield & Lowfield1,70112811th
Hillsborough, Owlerton & Wadsley Bridge893146Sixth
Intake5667633rd
Malin Bridge & Wisewood3584646th
Meersbrook4005244th
Mosborough & Halfway4114648th
Nether Edge5695542nd
Norfolk Park91312113th
Norton & Norton Lees6537634th
Park Hill & Wybourn1,63012014th
Parson Cross1,315135Seventh
Richmond & Stradbroke82410719th
Sandygate & Crosspool2524052nd
Sharrow1,15911317th
Sheffield Lane Top & Longley Park77112712th
Shirecliffe & Parkwood Springs931134Eighth
Shiregreen North5459326th
Shiregreen South6269028th
Sothall2534845th
Southey Green East93811915th
Southey Green West1,185134Ninth
Springvale & Steel Bank2414053rd
Tinsley & Carbrook1,512213First
Totley & Bradway4025343rd
Upperthorpe, Netherthorpe & Langsett1,13410022nd
Wadsley & Marlcliffe2584449th
Walkley4114450th
Westfield & Waterthorpe7779029th
Woodhouse West886147Fourth
Woodseats4275641st
Woodthorpe1,328130Tenth

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 (61)Woodhouse West (337)
Bicycle TheftDore & Whirlow (1)Devonshire Quarter (39)
BurglaryMalin Bridge & Wisewood (23)Devonshire Quarter (158)
Criminal Damage and ArsonEndcliffe & Ranmoor (13)Woodhouse West (164)
DrugsSandygate & Crosspool (2)Tinsley & Carbrook (185)
Other CrimeSpringvale & Steel Bank (1)Cathedral & Kelham (125)
Other TheftSandygate & Crosspool (8)Hillsborough, Owlerton & Wadsley Bridge (107)
Possession of WeaponsDore & Whirlow (1)Devonshire Quarter (39)
Public OrderEndcliffe & Ranmoor (24)Tinsley & Carbrook (157)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dore & Whirlow (1)Devonshire Quarter (57)
ShopliftingEndcliffe & Ranmoor (1)Tinsley & Carbrook (269)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dore & Whirlow (1)Devonshire Quarter (140)
Vehicle CrimeMalin Bridge & Wisewood (25)Tinsley & Carbrook (164)
Violence and Sexual OffencesEndcliffe & Ranmoor (62)Shirecliffe & Parkwood Springs (413)

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 99% 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%+8%+28%+24%+12%+3%+1%
Bicycle Theft-21%-32%-34%-33%+6%-23%+3%+19%-19%-24%
Burglary-30%-45%-46%-39%-21%-37%-36%-22%-21%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-41%-24%-9%+12%+11%+1%-5%-1%-12%
Drugs+21%-4%+70%+50%+61%+28%+44%+57%+99%+67%
Other Crime+46%+20%+29%+17%+18%+41%-11%-+44%+37%
Other Theft-21%-46%-44%-45%-33%-29%-36%-42%-34%-34%
Possession of Weapons+16%-29%+11%--11%-18%-3%+2%+54%-19%
Public Order+28%+14%+49%+17%0%+2%+16%-1%-1%-22%
Robbery-14%-63%-42%-47%-19%+56%-18%-39%-38%-22%
Shoplifting-2%-61%-42%-40%-24%-16%-10%-26%-24%-48%
Theft From the Person-21%-78%-84%-84%-69%-69%-49%-71%-80%-60%
Vehicle Crime0%-43%-40%-48%-33%-25%-27%-20%-18%-16%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-8%+4%+4%+1%+4%+4%-6%-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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021