Halifax Crime Overview

Halifax is the most dangerous major town in West Yorkshire, and is the second most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Halifax in 2020 was 138 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Halifax is the most dangerous major town, and the 181st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Halifax was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 59 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.63 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Halifax residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for drugs, recording 50 crimes at a rate of 0.54 per 1,000 residents. Halifax recorded 35 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst major town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Halifax are violence and sexual offences, with 6,222 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 1.8% lower than 2019's figure of 6,335 offences and a difference of 1.21 from 2019's crime rate of 68. Halifax's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 47 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 23% from 2019's figure of 58 crimes.

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Crime in Halifax Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Halifax This Year

 HalifaxWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,41525.9948,24020.6820% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft470.511,7620.7649% safer
Burglary6016.4715,1026.470% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,21413.0625,48710.9316% more dangerous
Drugs4945.328,3433.5833% more dangerous
Other Crime3613.886,6132.8427% more dangerous
Other Theft9159.8516,3707.0229% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1031.112,1200.9118% more dangerous
Public Order1,56616.8530,32813.0023% more dangerous
Robbery1231.322,4431.0520% more dangerous
Shoplifting4925.2911,6474.996% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1121.212,0400.8728% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5455.8713,6605.860.17% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,22266.96107,15745.9431% more dangerous

Halifax Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield16,68997.1442% safer
Wakefield12,366114.9820% safer
Dewsbury8,166123.0812% safer
Halifax12,795137.69-

Crime Over Time in Halifax

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Halifax Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28232026Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.560.460.620.51Safer
Burglary111196Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16141413Safer
Drugs2.63.54.05Getting worse
Other Crime3.03.84.13.9Getting worse
Other Theft13131210Safer
Possession of Weapons0.851.21.11.1Getting worse
Public Order12171617Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.41.61.3Safer
Shoplifting99125Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.02.12.21.2Safer
Vehicle Crime9976Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47656867Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.71103% safer
Coventry77.4178% safer
Croydon83.2265% safer
Sheffield85.8160% safer
Bristol86.2160% safer
Leicester97.4441% safer
Birmingham102.8734% safer
Liverpool107.2828% safer
Bradford133.023.5% safer
Leeds137.100.43% safer
Halifax137.69-

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 Cross753110Fifth
Ovenden East838149Second
Pellon East1,202149Third
Pellon West & Highroad Well1,102125Fourth
Savile Park67395Seventh
Skircoat Green63690Eighth
Sowerby Bridge964103Sixth
Wheatley & Ovenden West1,270162First

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 BehaviourSowerby Bridge (148)Ovenden East (202)
Bicycle TheftPellon West & Highroad Well (1)Sowerby Bridge (7)
BurglarySavile Park (29)Wheatley & Ovenden West (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSkircoat Green (57)Ovenden East (97)
DrugsSowerby Bridge (23)Pellon East (56)
Other CrimeSkircoat Green (11)Ovenden East (39)
Other TheftSavile Park (29)Wheatley & Ovenden West (206)
Possession of WeaponsKing Cross (2)Wheatley & Ovenden West (9)
Public OrderSkircoat Green (75)Pellon East (167)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Skircoat Green (3)Pellon East (16)
ShopliftingKing Cross (6)Pellon East (51)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)King Cross (1)Ovenden East (6)
Vehicle CrimeKing Cross (24)Sowerby Bridge (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSavile Park (327)Ovenden East (463)

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021