Garforth Crime Overview

Garforth is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 43rd safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Garforth in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 104% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Garforth is the 415th safest small town, and the 2,924th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2017, Garforth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2016 was also a bad month for Garforth residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Garforth recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during July 2015, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Garforth are violence and sexual offences, with 325 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 381 offences and a difference of 3.87 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Garforth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Garforth Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Garforth This Year

 GarforthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24316.8048,24020.6823% safer
Bicycle Theft30.211,7620.76262% safer
Burglary634.3615,1026.4748% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson724.9825,48710.93119% safer
Drugs161.118,3433.58223% safer
Other Crime151.046,6132.84173% safer
Other Theft493.3916,3707.02107% safer
Possession of Weapons60.412,1200.91122% safer
Public Order936.4330,32813.00102% safer
Robbery10.072,4431.051400% safer
Shoplifting463.1811,6474.9957% safer
Theft From the Person40.282,0400.87211% safer
Vehicle Crime463.1813,6605.8684% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32522.47107,15745.94104% safer

Garforth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Denby Dale71742.8919% safer
Ackworth37847.557% safer
Clayton40247.827% safer
Ilkley73349.493.2% safer
Silsden42751.090% safer
Garforth73951.09-
Otley70651.230.27% more dangerous
Kippax56059.5114% more dangerous
Trident1,28161.1917% more dangerous
Meltham54861.2217% more dangerous
Guiseley81466.0723% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Garforth

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Garforth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1381017Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.070.210.140.21Getting worse
Burglary6654.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.465.05.0Safer
Drugs1.01.00.901.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.11.41.0Safer
Other Theft854.23.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.210.140.41Getting worse
Public Order4.2666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.210.350.07Safer
Shoplifting4.22.32.83.2Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.620.620.28Safer
Vehicle Crime3.663.93.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15192622Getting worse

Changes In Garforth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Garforth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Garforth51.09-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Garforth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Garforth East20630Second
Garforth West44474First

Crime in Garforth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Garforth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Garforth saw a 327% increase in anti-social behaviour. Garforth saw a large fall in burglary during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour--73%+71%+44%+67%+33%+67%+327%+200%+163%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-79%-56%-38%-67%-63%-33%+267%+143%-82%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-78%+20%--50%-67%-20%+20%+140%+150%
Drugs--+100%---+100%+50%-33%+100%
Other Crime-25%+100%-33%--25%-+100%---
Other Theft+100%-57%-83%-57%-+75%-33%-71%-50%-
Possession of Weapons--50%--------
Public Order+14%+83%-40%+33%+200%-33%-17%-44%-22%+29%
Shoplifting+100%+50%--25%+20%-+50%-64%+200%+75%
Theft From the Person-----50%-----
Vehicle Crime-25%+75%--75%-17%-25%+25%-+33%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-19%+12%-11%-38%-45%+37%-13%-11%-33%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Garforth

What police force serves Garforth?
Garforth's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Garforth?
Garforth is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Garforth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Garforth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Garforth?
Garforth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021