Brighouse Crime Overview

Brighouse is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brighouse in 2020 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brighouse is the 89th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,039th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Brighouse was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for robbery, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Brighouse residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Brighouse recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Brighouse are violence and sexual offences, with 1,199 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 1,344 offences and a difference of 4.28 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Brighouse's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 18% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Brighouse Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Brighouse This Year

 BrighouseWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60417.8348,24020.6816% safer
Bicycle Theft110.321,7620.76138% safer
Burglary1444.2515,1026.4752% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2808.2725,48710.9332% safer
Drugs601.778,3433.58102% safer
Other Crime902.666,6132.847% safer
Other Theft1715.0516,3707.0239% safer
Possession of Weapons240.712,1200.9128% safer
Public Order38211.2830,32813.0015% safer
Robbery180.532,4431.0598% safer
Shoplifting1023.0111,6474.9966% safer
Theft From the Person160.472,0400.8785% safer
Vehicle Crime1715.0513,6605.8616% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,19935.40107,15745.9430% safer

Brighouse Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkburton82531.59149% safer
Holme Valley1,43252.0551% safer
Pudsey2,44772.479% safer
Brighouse2,66878.76-
Pontefract3,076100.7122% more dangerous
Morley3,178103.7724% more dangerous
Castleford5,173120.3935% more dangerous
Keighley6,835120.9135% more dangerous
Shipley3,522122.3836% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brighouse

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Brighouse Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18141418Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.300.270.32Getting worse
Burglary111174.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10888Safer
Drugs0.831.11.51.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.42.51.62.7Getting worse
Other Theft7775Safer
Possession of Weapons0.560.440.320.71Getting worse
Public Order681011Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.860.970.53Safer
Shoplifting84.63.43.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.940.650.530.47Safer
Vehicle Crime774.95Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23374035Getting worse

Changes In Brighouse's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brighouse to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7116% safer
Coventry77.411.7% safer
Brighouse78.76-
Croydon83.225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.818% more dangerous
Bristol86.219% more dangerous
Leicester97.4419% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2827% more dangerous
Bradford133.0241% more dangerous
Leeds137.1043% more dangerous

Crime in Brighouse's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
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Crime in Brighouse During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brighouse change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Brighouse saw a 333% increase in other crime. Brighouse saw a large fall in robbery during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Brighouse's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%-9%+69%+10%+85%+54%-6%+47%+30%+25%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%---67%-
Burglary-35%-67%-8%-48%-52%-80%-12%-71%-36%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-18%-33%-5%+6%+32%-40%+6%+74%-50%
Drugs+150%+100%+20%-40%-+50%+60%-38%--
Other Crime-43%+250%+100%+225%+75%-67%-50%+333%+50%-20%
Other Theft-19%-11%-29%-29%-50%-7%+38%-42%-38%-77%
Possession of Weapons------+100%+100%+100%+25%
Public Order+7%+24%+48%+72%+48%+17%+38%-13%+23%-48%
Robbery---75%--50%----75%-83%
Shoplifting-53%+17%-44%-27%--20%+43%+67%-38%-40%
Theft From the Person-------+50%-67%-
Vehicle Crime+6%+8%-61%+23%-40%--21%+11%--33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-24%-19%-23%+11%+9%-6%-29%-29%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brighouse

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021