Bradford Crime Overview

Bradford is the most dangerous city in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bradford in 2020 was 133 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bradford is the third most dangerous city, and the 194th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Bradford had the worst crime rate in West Yorkshire for other crime, with 162 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.45 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Bradford residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 227 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Bradford recorded 495 reports of vehicle crime during June 2017, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for vehicle crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bradford are violence and sexual offences, with 21,607 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 0.65% higher than 2019's figure of 21,466 offences and a difference of 0.40 from 2019's crime rate of 60. Bradford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 172 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1.2% from 2019's figure of 174 crimes.

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Crime in Bradford Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bradford This Year

 BradfordWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8,62324.2148,24020.6815% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1720.481,7620.7658% safer
Burglary2,9268.2115,1026.4721% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5,04514.1625,48710.9323% more dangerous
Drugs2,0275.698,3433.5837% more dangerous
Other Crime1,5094.246,6132.8433% more dangerous
Other Theft2,8367.9616,3707.0212% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4111.152,1200.9121% more dangerous
Public Order5,84616.4130,32813.0021% more dangerous
Robbery5051.422,4431.0526% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,6734.7011,6474.996% safer
Theft From the Person3671.032,0400.8716% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,4616.9113,6605.8615% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences21,60760.66107,15745.9424% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bradford

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Bradford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour33262224Safer
Bicycle Theft0.730.650.490.48Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171614Safer
Drugs2.63.84.66Getting worse
Other Crime3. worse
Other Theft1212118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.881.11.11.2Getting worse
Public Order11141616Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime1313117Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42576061Getting worse

Changes In Bradford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bradford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bradford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bolton Villas Cricket Field-----43.5
Bradford Moor Park423-933.6
Bradford Park Avenue Cricket Ground----110.62
Girlington Recreation Ground--1-401.6
Harold Park1-4-320.56
King George V Memorial Playing Fields13--152.0
Knowles Park2-6-373.3
Lister Park1-351451.2
Myra Shay1--1100.31
Peel Park8281691.3
Victoria Park--1-100.52
Wibsey Park2-2-461.2

Comparing Bradford to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7196% safer
Coventry77.4172% safer
Croydon83.2260% safer
Sheffield85.8155% safer
Bristol86.2154% safer
Leicester97.4437% safer
Birmingham102.8729% safer
Liverpool107.2824% safer
Leeds137.103.0% more dangerous

Crime in Bradford's Neighbourhoods

Broomfields & East Bowling is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bradford, followed by Central Bradford & Barkerend West in second place, and Holme Wood as the third most dangerous area. Bradford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bolton Road & Kings Road, Calverley & Farsley North, and Queensbury.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barkerend East1,24411518th
Bierley & Tong1,777160Eighth
Bolton Road & Kings Road7349431st
Broomfields & East Bowling2,211335First
Brown Royd1,339168Seventh
Calverley & Farsley North4034933rd
Central Bradford & Barkerend West5,350327Second
Fairweather Green1,12612717th
Great Horton & Brackenhill1,379186Sixth
Haigh Fold65010725th
Holme Wood1,813221Third
Horton Bank89410327th
Laisterdyke & Bowling1,501194Fourth
Low Moor85710922nd
Manningham & Lister Park1,37114611th
Shearbridge & University2,02613416th
Toller Lane & Infirmary1,16511120th
Wibsey St Enoch's5919630th
Wrose & Bolton Woods8269729th

Bradford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWibsey St Enoch's (77)Ravenscliffe (410)
Bicycle TheftFairweather Green (1)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (24)
BurglaryGirlington (18)Laisterdyke & Bowling (139)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCalverley & Farsley North (28)Broomfields & East Bowling (231)
DrugsCalverley & Farsley North (9)Broomfields & East Bowling (291)
Other CrimeCalverley & Farsley North (10)Broomfields & East Bowling (57)
Other TheftCalverley & Farsley North (24)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (329)
Possession of WeaponsCalverley & Farsley North (3)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (82)
Public OrderCalverley & Farsley North (40)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (786)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Idle (4)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (88)
ShopliftingBarkerend East (3)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (595)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wibsey St Enoch's (1)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (128)
Vehicle CrimeBolton Road & Kings Road (29)Laisterdyke & Bowling (108)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCalverley & Farsley North (168)Broomfields & East Bowling (924)

Crime in Bradford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bradford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bradford saw a 91% increase in bicycle theft. Bradford saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 86% compared to December in 2019. Rates of robbery and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Bradford's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+29%-17%+17%+38%+8%+12%+21%-2%+16%+39%
Bicycle Theft-31%-24%-7%+36%-+46%+91%-35%-41%-86%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-34%-25%-8%-4%-7%-1%-9%-3%-12%
Other Crime+69%-1%+6%+27%+35%+22%+16%-26%-5%+14%
Other Theft-18%-46%-32%-34%-34%-17%-22%-23%-18%-22%
Possession of Weapons-36%-9%-19%-31%-23%+6%+3%+64%+11%+16%
Public Order+8%-9%+15%+32%+10%+14%+6%-7%-5%+1%
Theft From the Person-26%-46%-60%-58%-55%-14%+3%-48%-51%-40%
Vehicle Crime-44%-38%-40%-53%-51%-51%-26%-37%-49%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-10%-7%+1%+9%+21%+8%-3%-3%0%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bradford

What police force serves Bradford?
Bradford's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Bradford?
Bradford is the most dangerous city in West Yorkshire.
What is Bradford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bradford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bradford?
Bradford's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021