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Crime and Safety in Halifax

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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.

Halifax 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, West Yorkshire

34% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

48% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Halifax Crime Rate Over Time

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Halifax Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Halifax

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202114713,650
202013812,795
201915114,062
201815113,986
201712711,826
201611710,829

Crime in Halifax Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Halifax This Year

 HalifaxWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,89720.4137,27115.98 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft410.441,8150.78 77% safer
Burglary4735.0911,8695.090% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,41415.2225,78711.06 27% more dangerous
Drugs4594.947,8663.37 32% more dangerous
Other Crime3023.256,2402.68 18% more dangerous
Other Theft8909.5817,2507.40 23% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1231.322,1340.91 31% more dangerous
Public Order1,97321.2337,73016.18 24% more dangerous
Robbery860.932,2520.97 4.3% safer
Shoplifting5235.6312,8335.50 2.3% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1021.102,2220.95 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4825.1913,2225.67 9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,78272.99122,10552.35 28% more dangerous

Halifax Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield17,370101.1045% safer
Dewsbury8,239124.1818% safer
Wakefield14,258132.5811% safer
Halifax13,650146.90-

Crime Over Time in Halifax

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Recent Crimes in Halifax

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trafalgar SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elmfield TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper Fountain StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Canal RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Darnes AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rushworth StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lea AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Herbert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beverley TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Upper Bolton BrowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Savile RoydInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bath RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chestnut StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Clare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sion HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Phoebe LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shay LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Halifax Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23202620 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.460.620.510.44 Safer
Burglary11965 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141315 Getting worse
Drugs3.54.054.9 Getting worse
Other Crime3.84.13.93.2 Safer
Other Theft13121010 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.11.11.3 Getting worse
Public Order17161721 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.61.30.93 Safer
Shoplifting91256 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.12.21.21.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime9765 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences65686773 Getting worse

Changes In Halifax's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Halifax's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Halifax that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beechwood Park1----00.08
People's Park---4221.6
Shroggs Park1-1--00.57
Shroggs Park1-1--00.18

Comparing Halifax to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08119% safer
Croydon82.4878% safer
Sheffield90.0563% safer
Bristol90.5262% safer
Coventry102.2444% safer
Leicester111.5932% safer
Liverpool123.0619% safer
Birmingham129.6413% safer
Bradford132.2811% safer
Halifax146.90-
Leeds150.942.7% more dangerous

Crime in Halifax's Neighbourhoods

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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
King Cross747109Fifth
Ovenden East983175Second
Pellon East1,345166Third
Pellon West & Highroad Well1,142129Fourth
Savile Park58582Eighth
Skircoat Green62188Seventh
Sowerby Bridge943101Sixth
Wheatley & Ovenden West1,400179First

Halifax Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSavile Park (50)Ovenden East (270)
Bicycle TheftWheatley & Ovenden West (2)Pellon East (5)
BurglaryPellon West & Highroad Well (18)Skircoat Green (45)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSavile Park (40)Ovenden East (152)
DrugsSowerby Bridge (16)Pellon East (56)
Other CrimeSkircoat Green (7)Ovenden East (25)
Other TheftSkircoat Green (28)Wheatley & Ovenden West (182)
Possession of WeaponsSowerby Bridge (3)Pellon East (17)
Public OrderSavile Park (79)Ovenden East (156)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Ovenden East (1)Pellon East (13)
ShopliftingOvenden East (3)Wheatley & Ovenden West (70)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Savile Park (2)Ovenden East (7)
Vehicle CrimeKing Cross (20)Wheatley & Ovenden West (55)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSavile Park (325)Ovenden East (512)

Crime in Halifax During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%-20%+26%+124%+49%+25%+96%+36%+28%+31%
Bicycle Theft--88%+250%-56%-56%+17%-22%-67%--50%
Burglary+32%-64%-53%-42%-65%-10%-29%-33%-37%+3%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-3%-31%+1%-11%+1%+6%+2%+22%-21%
Drugs+21%+13%+35%+43%+19%-24%+52%+16%+54%+22%
Other Crime-4%-15%-8%-7%+89%+7%-21%-22%+25%-12%
Other Theft-7%+14%-41%-42%-23%-9%-13%-6%-18%-2%
Possession of Weapons-31%+38%+20%-42%+150%-44%+200%-57%-42%+38%
Public Order-7%-2%+24%+19%+6%+13%+23%-9%+1%-10%
Robbery-25%--50%-50%-37%+50%---62%-25%
Shoplifting-70%-79%-66%-57%-56%-47%-39%-13%-61%-31%
Theft From the Person-31%-80%-64%-50%-65%-22%-47%-53%-86%-56%
Vehicle Crime+18%-30%-2%-9%-36%-22%--43%-59%-57%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-16%-6%+4%-5%+19%+11%+6%-1%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Halifax

What police force serves Halifax?
Halifax's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Halifax?
Halifax is the most dangerous major town in West Yorkshire.

What is Halifax's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Halifax are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Halifax?
Halifax's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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