Castleford Crime Overview

Castleford is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Castleford in 2020 was 120 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Castleford is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Castleford was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Castleford residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Castleford recorded 13 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Castleford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,320 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 1.7% higher than 2019's figure of 2,280 offences and a difference of 0.93 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Castleford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 32 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 41% from 2019's figure of 45 crimes.

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Crime in Castleford Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Castleford This Year

 CastlefordWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,22228.4448,24020.6827% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft350.811,7620.766% more dangerous
Burglary2155.0015,1026.4729% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson57513.3825,48710.9318% more dangerous
Drugs1272.968,3433.5821% safer
Other Crime1333.106,6132.848% more dangerous
Other Theft3818.8716,3707.0221% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons410.952,1200.914.2% more dangerous
Public Order68515.9430,32813.0018% more dangerous
Robbery350.812,4431.0530% safer
Shoplifting3327.7311,6474.9935% more dangerous
Theft From the Person320.742,0400.8718% safer
Vehicle Crime2626.1013,6605.863.9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,32053.99107,15745.9415% more dangerous

Castleford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holme Valley1,43252.05131% safer
Pudsey2,44772.4766% safer
Brighouse2,66878.7653% safer
Pontefract3,076100.7120% safer
Morley3,178103.7716% safer
Castleford5,173120.39-
Keighley6,835120.910.43% more dangerous
Shipley3,522122.381.6% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Castleford

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Castleford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31242228Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.60.930.81Safer
Burglary101185Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14151313Safer
Drugs1.21.92.03.0Getting worse
Other Crime2.43.63.33.1Safer
Other Theft1213119Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.930.630.95Getting worse
Public Order11171516Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.671.01.30.81Safer
Shoplifting1217148Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.11.00.74Safer
Vehicle Crime1213106Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39535354Getting worse

Changes In Castleford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Castleford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Savile Park613-1153.6

Comparing Castleford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7178% safer
Coventry77.4156% safer
Croydon83.2245% safer
Sheffield85.8140% safer
Bristol86.2140% safer
Leicester97.4424% safer
Birmingham102.8717% safer
Liverpool107.2812% safer
Castleford120.39-
Bradford133.029% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% more dangerous

Crime in Castleford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Airedale68486Fourth
Castleford Town1,490176First
Castleford West1,237132Second
Glasshoughton963132Third

Castleford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAiredale (136)Castleford Town (347)
Bicycle TheftAiredale (2)Glasshoughton (11)
BurglaryAiredale (24)Castleford Town (70)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAiredale (80)Castleford Town (178)
DrugsAiredale (11)Glasshoughton (35)
Other CrimeAiredale (19)Castleford West (38)
Other TheftAiredale (40)Glasshoughton (163)
Possession of WeaponsAiredale (5)Castleford West (12)
Public OrderAiredale (77)Castleford Town (203)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Airedale (2)Castleford Town (16)
ShopliftingAiredale (4)Castleford Town (165)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Airedale (3)Castleford Town (16)
Vehicle CrimeAiredale (39)Glasshoughton (81)
Violence and Sexual OffencesGlasshoughton (289)Castleford Town (577)

Crime in Castleford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Castleford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Castleford saw a 300% increase in drugs. Castleford saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Castleford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%-12%+64%+43%+55%-14%-+92%+218%+67%
Bicycle Theft-25%-33%-33%-71%+50%-67%-33%-+50%+100%
Burglary-77%-22%-36%-32%-18%-52%-25%-76%-4%+64%
Criminal Damage and Arson+32%-35%-15%-33%-20%+18%+19%+7%+33%+33%
Drugs-+75%+125%-14%+100%+13%+50%+20%+25%+300%
Other Crime-70%-+10%+57%+67%+50%+30%-50%-18%-7%
Other Theft-13%-6%--56%-28%-17%-34%-29%+17%-17%
Possession of Weapons-67%-+50%-+200%+100%+300%+100%--
Public Order+2%+44%+2%-12%+11%-2%+7%-34%+38%+23%
Robbery+33%+20%-83%+67%-83%+50%--75%-67%+33%
Shoplifting-53%-74%-36%-67%-68%-68%-72%-44%-21%-15%
Theft From the Person-50%-50%--50%-20%-33%+100%+200%-33%-83%
Vehicle Crime+40%-32%-65%-53%-30%-66%-27%-62%-71%-76%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%+15%-22%+1%+15%+19%-+9%+5%-10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Castleford

What police force serves Castleford?
Castleford's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Castleford?
Castleford is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in West Yorkshire.
What is Castleford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Castleford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Castleford?
Castleford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021