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Crime and Safety in Bradford, West Yorkshire

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Bradford is the most dangerous city in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bradford in 2021 was 132 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bradford is the third most dangerous city, and the 247th 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 157 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2017 was also a bad month for Bradford residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 476 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Bradford recorded 29 reports of possession of weapons during September 2015, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst for possession of weapons in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bradford are violence and sexual offences, with 22,870 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 64. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 20,345 offences and a difference of 7.09 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Bradford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 155 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 8% from 2020's figure of 168 crimes.

Bradford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, West Yorkshire

27% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

45% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bradford is 27% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 45% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bradford Crime Rate Over Time

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Bradford Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bradford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202113247,119
202012544,507
201913648,433
201813849,263
201712243,380
201610336,783

Crime in Bradford Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bradford This Year

 BradfordWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,58218.4837,27115.98 14% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1550.441,8150.78 77% safer
Burglary1,7244.8411,8695.09 5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4,88813.7225,78711.06 19% more dangerous
Drugs1,6234.567,8663.37 26% more dangerous
Other Crime1,2353.476,2402.68 23% more dangerous
Other Theft2,8638.0417,2507.40 8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4031.132,1340.91 19% more dangerous
Public Order6,50118.2537,73016.18 11% more dangerous
Robbery4061.142,2520.97 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,5924.4712,8335.50 23% safer
Theft From the Person4111.152,2220.95 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,4486.8713,2225.67 17% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22,87064.20122,10552.35 18% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bradford

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Recent Crimes in Bradford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Farringdon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Albert WayLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sugden StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Walker DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LeafswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Brearton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Moulson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Higher Intake RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near East ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cottam TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022RobberyOn or near Chapel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alma PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Moor Top RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grange TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burras RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Spinners GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper Rushton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sugden StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westminster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bradford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25212318 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.630.470.470.44 Safer
Burglary121084.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16151314 Safer
Drugs3.13.84.84.6 Getting worse
Other Crime4.03.54.03.5 Safer
Other Theft111078 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.01.11.1 Getting worse
Public Order14141518 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.11.91.31.1 Safer
Shoplifting874.64.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.50.991.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime121177 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54575764 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93231% safer
Birmingham49.60167% safer
Barnet67.0897% safer
Croydon82.4860% safer
Sheffield90.0347% safer
Bristol90.5246% safer
Leicester111.5919% safer
Liverpool123.067% safer
Bradford132.28-
Leeds150.9412% more dangerous

Crime in Bradford's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allerton1,12311221st
Bankfoot89014116th
Barkerend East1,18010923rd
Bierley & Tong1,879169Seventh
Bolton Road & Kings Road7759930th
Broomfields & East Bowling2,282346Second
Brown Royd1,481186Fifth
Buttershaw1,931159Ninth
Calverley & Farsley North4395333rd
Canterbury1,06210826th
Central Bradford & Barkerend West5,906361First
Clayton85111122nd
Eccleshill1,25015511th
Fairweather Green1,24614017th
Girlington86410527th
Great Horton & Brackenhill1,05314214th
Haigh Fold66510924th
Holme Wood1,984241Third
Horton Bank89710328th
Idle1,62413318th
Laisterdyke & Bowling1,377178Sixth
Low Moor91411720th
Manningham & Lister Park1,500160Eighth
Queensbury9378532nd
Ravenscliffe1,445206Fourth
Scholemoor1,43010925th
Shearbridge & University2,387158Tenth
Thornbury1,34414713th
Toller Lane & Infirmary1,36213019th
Undercliffe1,53015112th
Wibsey St Enoch's5879531st
Wrose & Bolton Woods87610229th
Wyke1,32714215th

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 BehaviourLow Moor (84)Ravenscliffe (301)
Bicycle TheftManningham & Lister Park (1)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (47)
BurglaryGirlington (13)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (179)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCalverley & Farsley North (36)Holme Wood (345)
DrugsCalverley & Farsley North (11)Broomfields & East Bowling (237)
Other CrimeCalverley & Farsley North (9)Broomfields & East Bowling (61)
Other TheftCalverley & Farsley North (15)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (435)
Possession of WeaponsWibsey St Enoch's (1)Broomfields & East Bowling (33)
Public OrderCalverley & Farsley North (49)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (965)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wyke (2)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (95)
ShopliftingCalverley & Farsley North (1)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (567)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Calverley & Farsley North (1)Central Bradford & Barkerend West (124)
Vehicle CrimeCanterbury (27)Low Moor (103)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCalverley & Farsley North (198)Broomfields & East Bowling (982)

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 110% 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 criminal damage and arson and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Bradford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%-17%+16%+39%+9%+13%+20%-2%+19%+39%
Bicycle Theft-38%-19%-+36%-+46%+110%-40%-29%-86%
Burglary-39%-42%-25%-26%-35%-22%+5%+3%-17%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-34%-27%-8%-3%-6%+1%-8%-3%-13%
Drugs+29%+70%+73%+38%+24%-23%+72%+45%-19%+3%
Other Crime+87%+2%+11%+27%+33%+17%+24%-24%-+18%
Other Theft-19%-46%-36%-32%-32%-19%-20%-23%-18%-22%
Possession of Weapons-30%-15%-23%-31%-22%--8%+59%+8%+26%
Public Order+6%-7%+9%+34%+11%+15%+8%-7%-5%+1%
Robbery-31%--59%-49%-15%-19%-14%+6%-51%-44%
Shoplifting-7%-56%-65%-55%-45%-28%-45%-30%-51%-49%
Theft From the Person-24%-43%-59%-59%-57%-16%--55%-50%-40%
Vehicle Crime-45%-39%-39%-52%-50%-53%-28%-37%-47%-53%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-10%-7%+1%+8%+21%+8%-4%-2%-2%

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.

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