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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 5 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bradford in 2021 was 146 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 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bradford is the third most dangerous city, and the 200th 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 170 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 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 230 crimes at a rate of 0.65 per 1,000 residents. Bradford recorded 57 reports of robbery during February 2017, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst for robbery in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bradford are violence and sexual offences, with 25,193 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 71. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 22,522 offences and a difference of 7.49 from 2020's crime rate of 63. Bradford's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 170 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 4.7% from 2020's figure of 178 crimes.

Bradford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, West Yorkshire

33% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

48% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bradford is 33% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 48% 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 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 Bradford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202114651,864
202013849,249
201915053,443
201815354,356
201713347,536
201611340,247

Crime in Bradford Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bradford This Year

 BradfordWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,25620.3737,27115.98 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1700.481,8150.78 62% safer
Burglary1,9465.4611,8695.09 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5,40715.1825,78711.06 27% more dangerous
Drugs1,9115.367,8663.37 37% more dangerous
Other Crime1,3443.776,2402.68 29% more dangerous
Other Theft3,1488.8417,2507.40 16% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4581.292,1340.91 29% more dangerous
Public Order7,15820.0937,73016.18 19% more dangerous
Robbery4411.242,2520.97 22% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,6304.5812,8335.50 20% safer
Theft From the Person4321.212,2220.95 21% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,6267.3713,2225.67 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences25,19370.72122,10552.35 26% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bradford

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Recent Crimes in Bradford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Salem StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Newburn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Waverley TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jesse StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near Beckside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Scoresby StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Middlebrook ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022BurglaryOn or near James GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crystal TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alcester GarthUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Jacana WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Upper PiccadillyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Other theftOn or near Lesmere GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Salem StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Rooks CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Dyehouse RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near City RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bradford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28232520 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.660.520.500.48 Safer
Burglary131195 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17161515 Safer
Drugs3.94.765 Getting worse
Other Crime4.44.04.43.8 Safer
Other Theft121189 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.21.21.3 Getting worse
Public Order15161720 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.42.11.51.2 Safer
Shoplifting874.74.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.61.11.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime131277 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59636371 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
Barnet67.08117% safer
Croydon82.4877% safer
Sheffield91.1060% safer
Bristol93.7755% safer
Coventry102.3742% safer
Leicester111.7530% safer
Liverpool127.9014% safer
Birmingham137.176% safer
Bradford145.60-
Leeds153.064.9% 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 75% increase in bicycle theft. Bradford saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Bradford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%-18%+17%+37%+8%+10%+22%-4%+18%+35%
Bicycle Theft-29%-32%-13%+33%-+19%+75%-30%-44%-80%
Burglary-37%-37%-26%-27%-36%-18%+7%+1%-23%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-34%-25%-8%-4%-6%-1%-10%-3%-13%
Drugs+33%+63%+67%+29%+21%-15%+54%+36%-17%-
Other Crime+63%-4%+5%+27%+38%+17%+11%-27%-2%+14%
Other Theft-20%-45%-32%-34%-35%-17%-20%-23%-17%-23%
Possession of Weapons-32%-3%-21%-30%-25%+3%+3%+73%+15%+20%
Public Order+8%-8%+13%+30%+11%+12%+3%-8%-5%+0%
Robbery-26%-11%-59%-51%-15%-12%-13%-2%-51%-32%
Shoplifting-7%-57%-67%-56%-46%-28%-45%-30%-53%-50%
Theft From the Person-27%-46%-59%-59%-53%-8%+6%-47%-52%-43%
Vehicle Crime-41%-36%-41%-53%-51%-50%-28%-37%-50%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-9%-6%+1%+7%+21%+6%-3%-2%+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.

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