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Crime and Safety in Castleford, West Yorkshire

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Castleford is the most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 Castleford in 2021 was 145 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, Castleford is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 189th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Castleford was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Castleford residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 0.54 per 1,000 residents. Castleford recorded 33 reports of other theft during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.77 the worst medium-sized town for other theft in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Castleford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,698 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 63. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 2,354 offences and a difference of 8.01 from 2020's crime rate of 55. Castleford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 29 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 41% from 2020's figure of 41 crimes.

Castleford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, West Yorkshire

33% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

47% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Castleford is 33% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 47% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Castleford Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Castleford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211456,218
20201225,253
20191375,881
20181496,388
20171175,039
2016994,235

Crime in Castleford Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Castleford This Year

 CastlefordWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour81418.9437,27115.98 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft431.001,8150.78 22% more dangerous
Burglary2044.7511,8695.09 7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson52812.2925,78711.06 10% more dangerous
Drugs1032.407,8663.37 40% safer
Other Crime1022.376,2402.68 13% safer
Other Theft4029.3617,2507.40 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons290.672,1340.91 36% safer
Public Order85619.9237,73016.18 19% more dangerous
Robbery310.722,2520.97 35% safer
Shoplifting90120.9712,8335.50 74% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.812,2220.95 17% safer
Vehicle Crime2866.6613,2225.67 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,69862.79122,10552.35 17% more dangerous

Castleford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pudsey2,87385.0970% safer
Shipley3,361116.7924% safer
Pontefract3,624118.6622% safer
Keighley7,657135.457% safer
Morley4,365142.541.5% safer
Castleford6,218144.71-

Crime Over Time in Castleford

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Recent Crimes in Castleford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hobart RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tarn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Carr LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Stansfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruskin CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Daisy WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bland'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Blossom WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Thomas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roundhill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crewe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Princess StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hobart RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Carr LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bryan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Castleford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25222919 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.60.930.811.0 Safer
Burglary11854.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141412 Safer
Drugs2.02.13.02.4 Getting worse
Other Crime3.63.33.12.4 Safer
Other Theft131199 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.930.630.950.67 Getting worse
Public Order17151620 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.30.810.72 Safer
Shoplifting1714821 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.00.740.81 Safer
Vehicle Crime131167 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54545563 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Savile Park613-1153.6

Comparing Castleford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08116% safer
Croydon82.4875% safer
Sheffield90.0561% safer
Bristol90.5260% safer
Coventry102.2442% safer
Leicester111.5930% safer
Liverpool123.0618% safer
Birmingham129.6412% safer
Bradford132.289% safer
Castleford144.71-
Leeds150.944.1% more dangerous

Crime in Castleford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Airedale67585Fourth
Castleford Town1,712203Second
Castleford West1,360146Third
Glasshoughton1,639224First

Castleford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAiredale (115)Castleford Town (202)
Bicycle TheftCastleford West (6)Castleford Town (17)
BurglaryAiredale (19)Castleford Town (63)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAiredale (58)Castleford Town (152)
DrugsAiredale (8)Castleford Town (36)
Other CrimeAiredale (10)Castleford Town (30)
Other TheftAiredale (42)Glasshoughton (298)
Possession of WeaponsCastleford West (5)Glasshoughton (7)
Public OrderAiredale (106)Castleford Town (261)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Airedale (2)Castleford Town (13)
ShopliftingAiredale (10)Glasshoughton (576)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Airedale (3)Castleford Town (15)
Vehicle CrimeAiredale (28)Glasshoughton (95)
Violence and Sexual OffencesGlasshoughton (340)Castleford Town (720)

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%-14%+66%+41%+59%-13%+1%+93%+204%+67%
Bicycle Theft-25%-33%-33%-71%+50%-67%-33%-+50%+100%
Burglary-77%-17%-36%-32%-25%-51%-25%-76%-12%+64%
Criminal Damage and Arson+32%-30%-18%-34%-23%+20%+17%+9%+33%+38%
Drugs-8%+75%+138%-14%+100%+13%+20%+20%+25%+300%
Other Crime-70%-+10%+57%+67%+50%+30%-43%-18%-
Other Theft-11%-6%+3%-56%-28%-17%-34%-29%+17%-17%
Possession of Weapons-67%-+50%-+200%+100%+300%+100%--
Public Order+3%+56%+2%-8%+10%-+5%-33%+38%+22%
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+45%-32%-67%-53%-36%-65%-19%-62%-67%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+16%-22%-1%+14%+20%-1%+9%+3%-11%

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 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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