Wakefield Crime Overview

Wakefield is among the top 5 safest cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and the 38th safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Wakefield in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people.

In February 2016, Wakefield was the second-worst city in Yorkshire and The Humber for public order, with 140 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2015 was also a bad month for Wakefield residents, when it was Yorkshire and The Humber's second-most dangerous city for other crime, recording 40 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Wakefield are violence and sexual offences, with 10,108 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 11,424 offences and a difference of 3.78 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Wakefield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 150 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 48% from 2019's figure of 222 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wakefield This Year

 Wakefield
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,06314.54
Bicycle Theft1500.43
Burglary1,1963.43
Criminal Damage and Arson2,4296.97
Drugs6511.87
Other Crime6081.75
Other Theft1,6764.81
Possession of Weapons1890.54
Public Order2,9808.56
Robbery1640.47
Shoplifting1,5484.44
Theft From the Person1680.48
Vehicle Crime1,2513.59
Violence and Sexual Offences10,10829.02

Wakefield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151415Safer
Bicycle Theft0.830.790.640.43Safer
Burglary664.83.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8897Safer
Drugs1.01.21.41.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.91.81.8No change
Other Theft7764.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.550.510.54Getting worse
Public Order7999Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.660.660.47Safer
Shoplifting6774.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.740.800.48Safer
Vehicle Crime6653.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22313329Getting worse

Comparing Wakefield to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Wakefield66.37-
Coventry71.507% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9910% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2311% more dangerous
Croydon77.1814% more dangerous
Bradford79.1916% more dangerous
London80.7018% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0225% more dangerous
Bristol91.5728% more dangerous
Leeds91.9028% more dangerous
Leicester102.5135% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Wakefield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wakefield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Wakefield saw a 134% increase in drugs. Wakefield saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 69% compared to November in 2019. Wakefield saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-16%-30%+14%+38%+38%+13%+7%+22%+21%
Bicycle Theft-58%-35%-30%-22%-41%-35%-44%+125%-47%
Burglary-11%-37%-14%-16%-28%-34%-49%-33%-4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-38%-30%-27%-10%+3%-9%-2%-16%
Drugs+12%+134%+74%+45%+95%+28%-+24%+39%
Other Crime-11%+9%+38%+6%+33%+68%-11%-47%-16%
Other Theft-8%-33%-11%-32%-35%-10%-22%-3%-13%
Possession of Weapons-+40%+43%-21%+64%+42%+36%+36%-37%
Public Order-14%-2%+2%+12%-11%+29%+2%-6%+0%
Robbery-26%+33%-33%-12%-36%-18%-39%-35%-35%
Shoplifting-6%-58%-43%-53%-43%-46%-45%-26%-37%
Theft From the Person-14%-27%-25%-62%-47%-33%-18%-39%-69%
Vehicle Crime+35%-40%-43%-41%-32%-28%-26%-35%-53%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-5%-14%-12%+5%+9%-5%-5%-12%

Wakefield's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Wakefield
Ackworth3524450% safer
Crigglestone655670.76% more dangerous
Featherstone1,84510638% more dangerous
Hemsworth1,49110537% more dangerous
Normanton1,9639127% more dangerous
South Elmsall79710637% more dangerous
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,17010134% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wakefield

What police force serves Wakefield?
Wakefield's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Wakefield?
Wakefield is among the top 5 safest cities in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is Wakefield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wakefield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Wakefield?
Wakefield's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021