Clayton Crime Overview

Clayton is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 39th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clayton in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 118% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clayton is the 374th safest small town, and the 3,300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Clayton are violence and sexual offences, with 194 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 219 offences and a difference of 2.97 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Clayton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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See how Clayton shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Clayton and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Clayton Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Clayton This Year

 ClaytonWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11113.2048,24020.6857% safer
Bicycle Theft10.121,7620.76533% safer
Burglary242.8615,1026.47126% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson344.0425,48710.93171% safer
Drugs60.718,3433.58404% safer
Other Crime91.076,6132.84165% safer
Other Theft232.7416,3707.02156% safer
Possession of Weapons40.482,1200.9190% safer
Public Order556.5430,32813.0099% safer
Robbery20.242,4431.05338% safer
Shoplifting91.0711,6474.99366% safer
Theft From the Person50.592,0400.8747% safer
Vehicle Crime364.2813,6605.8637% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19423.08107,15745.9499% safer

Clayton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alwoodley23126.7379% safer
Ripponden30438.8323% safer
Crigglestone40541.3616% safer
Denby Dale71742.8911% safer
Ackworth37847.550.57% safer
Clayton40247.82-
Ilkley73349.493.4% more dangerous
Silsden42751.096% more dangerous
Garforth73951.096% more dangerous
Otley70651.237% more dangerous
Kippax56059.5120% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Clayton

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Clayton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2010913Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.120.120.12Safer
Burglary954.82.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6864.0Safer
Drugs0.711.21.40.71Safer
Other Crime1.92.41.81.1Safer
Other Theft52.72.62.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.120.120.48Getting worse
Public Order3.3677Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.710.360.24Safer
Shoplifting84.81.91.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.24-0.120.59Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8664.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14272623Getting worse

Changes In Clayton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Clayton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Clayton47.82-
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Clayton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Clayton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Clayton saw a 400% increase in burglary. Clayton saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+60%-13%+300%+133%+88%+14%+300%-50%+50%-33%
Burglary-+25%---+400%-75%-33%-+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-83%-83%+200%-40%+25%-33%+75%-40%-75%-43%
Drugs-----50%-----
Other Crime+67%-------+100%-
Other Theft-75%+250%---67%-----
Public Order-50%+60%+200%+350%+300%-38%-67%--63%-50%
Shoplifting--33%---75%-67%----
Vehicle Crime+50%--33%-40%-50%+300%-50%+100%-57%-71%
Violence and Sexual Offences+36%+64%-22%-12%--27%-38%-6%-45%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Clayton

What police force serves Clayton?
Clayton's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Clayton?
Clayton is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Clayton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Clayton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Clayton?
Clayton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021