Halifax is the most dangerous major town 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 Halifax in 2021 was 147 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Halifax is the second most dangerous major town, and the 179th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In June 2021, Halifax was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 51 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Halifax residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for drugs, recording 44 crimes at a rate of 0.47 per 1,000 residents. Halifax recorded 38 reports of other crime during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst major town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.
The most common crimes in Halifax are violence and sexual offences, with 6,782 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 73. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 6,222 offences and a difference of 6.03 from 2020's crime rate of 67. Halifax's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 41 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 15% from 2020's figure of 47 crimes.
Major Towns, West Yorkshire
34% higher, regional crime rate
Yorkshire and The Humber
48% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Halifax is 34% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 48% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
|Yorkshire and The Humber|
|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Halifax 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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,897||20.41||37,271||15.98||22% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||41||0.44||1,815||0.78||77% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,414||15.22||25,787||11.06||27% more dangerous|
|Drugs||459||4.94||7,866||3.37||32% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||302||3.25||6,240||2.68||18% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||890||9.58||17,250||7.40||23% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||123||1.32||2,134||0.91||31% more dangerous|
|Public Order||1,973||21.23||37,730||16.18||24% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||523||5.63||12,833||5.50||2.3% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||102||1.10||2,222||0.95||14% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||482||5.19||13,222||5.67||9% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||6,782||72.99||122,105||52.35||28% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Trafalgar Square||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Elmfield Terrace||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Upper Fountain Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Canal Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Darnes Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Rushworth Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Lea Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Tower Hill||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Herbert Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Beverley Terrace||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Upper Bolton Brow||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Savile Royd||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Bath Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Chestnut Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Clare Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Sion Hill||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Drugs||On or near Phoebe Lane||Local resolution|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Shay Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Church Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||14||14||13||15||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||1.2||1.1||1.1||1.3||Getting worse|
|Public Order||17||16||17||21||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.4||1.6||1.3||0.93||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||2.1||2.2||1.2||1.1||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||65||68||67||73||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Halifax that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
Wheatley & Ovenden West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Halifax, followed by Ovenden East in second place, and Pellon East as the third most dangerous area. Halifax's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Savile Park, Skircoat Green, and Sowerby Bridge.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Pellon West & Highroad Well||1,142||129||Fourth|
|Wheatley & Ovenden West||1,400||179||First|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Halifax for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Savile Park (50)||Ovenden East (270)|
|Bicycle Theft||Wheatley & Ovenden West (2)||Pellon East (5)|
|Burglary||Pellon West & Highroad Well (18)||Skircoat Green (45)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Savile Park (40)||Ovenden East (152)|
|Drugs||Sowerby Bridge (16)||Pellon East (56)|
|Other Crime||Skircoat Green (7)||Ovenden East (25)|
|Other Theft||Skircoat Green (28)||Wheatley & Ovenden West (182)|
|Possession of Weapons||Sowerby Bridge (3)||Pellon East (17)|
|Public Order||Savile Park (79)||Ovenden East (156)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Ovenden East (1)||Pellon East (13)|
|Shoplifting||Ovenden East (3)||Wheatley & Ovenden West (70)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Savile Park (2)||Ovenden East (7)|
|Vehicle Crime||King Cross (20)||Wheatley & Ovenden West (55)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Savile Park (325)||Ovenden East (512)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Halifax change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Halifax saw a 250% increase in bicycle theft. Halifax saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Halifax's lockdown.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-21%||-3%||-31%||+1%||-11%||+1%||+6%||+2%||+22%||-21%|
|Possession of Weapons||-31%||+38%||+20%||-42%||+150%||-44%||+200%||-57%||-42%||+38%|
|Theft From the Person||-31%||-80%||-64%||-50%||-65%||-22%||-47%||-53%||-86%||-56%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+5%||-16%||-6%||+4%||-5%||+19%||+11%||+6%||-1%||-16%|