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Crime and Safety in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire

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Heckmondwike is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Heckmondwike in 2021 was 131 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Heckmondwike is the 29th most dangerous small town, and the 261st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Heckmondwike was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.56 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Heckmondwike residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Heckmondwike recorded 12 reports of vehicle crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.95 the worst small town for vehicle crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Heckmondwike are violence and sexual offences, with 802 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 64. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 637 offences and a difference of 13.10 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Heckmondwike's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Heckmondwike 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

26% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

41% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Heckmondwike is 26% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 41% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Heckmondwike Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Heckmondwike 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 Heckmondwike

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211311,645
20201071,343
20191181,490
20181091,378
20171011,268
2016871,093

Crime in Heckmondwike Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Heckmondwike This Year

 HeckmondwikeWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26020.6537,27115.98 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.241,8150.78 225% safer
Burglary493.8911,8695.09 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16613.1825,78711.06 16% more dangerous
Drugs393.107,8663.37 9% safer
Other Crime493.896,2402.68 31% more dangerous
Other Theft1179.2917,2507.40 20% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.872,1340.91 4.6% safer
Public Order25920.5737,73016.18 21% more dangerous
Robbery50.402,2520.97 142% safer
Shoplifting645.0812,8335.50 8% safer
Theft From the Person80.642,2220.95 48% safer
Vehicle Crime735.8013,2225.67 2.2% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences80263.69122,10552.35 18% more dangerous

Heckmondwike Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Featherstone1,814104.6225% safer
Clayton927110.2818% safer
South Elmsall837111.3217% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,383119.0910% safer
Hemsworth1,718121.537% safer
Heckmondwike1,645130.64-
Cleckheaton1,520135.043.3% more dangerous
Knottingley1,899136.114.0% more dangerous
Trident3,422163.4620% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Heckmondwike

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Recent Crimes in Heckmondwike

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Croft StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shelley AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Stonedene CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Green CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cannon GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Prospect RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near William Boyd LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Fairmoor WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elm GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cannon GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Batley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Commercial StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lonsbrough AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Heckmondwike Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20212221 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.710.560.160.24 Safer
Burglary7104.43.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14111313 Getting worse
Drugs1.91.93.13.1 Getting worse
Other Crime2.73.43.73.9 Getting worse
Other Theft101179 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.30.950.950.87 Safer
Public Order13161521 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.41.30.40 Safer
Shoplifting672.65 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.950.480.64 Safer
Vehicle Crime984.86 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41475164 Getting worse

Changes In Heckmondwike's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Heckmondwike to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0895% safer
Croydon82.4858% safer
Sheffield90.0545% safer
Bristol90.5244% safer
Coventry102.2428% safer
Leicester111.5917% safer
Liverpool123.066% safer
Birmingham129.640.77% safer
Heckmondwike130.64-
Bradford132.281.2% more dangerous
Leeds150.9413% more dangerous

Crime in Heckmondwike's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Heckmondwike North1,301111First

Crime in Heckmondwike During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Heckmondwike change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Heckmondwike saw a 700% increase in drugs. Heckmondwike saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%-33%+100%+176%+88%-45%-13%-13%+10%-56%
Burglary-86%-89%-91%-64%-71%-90%-75%-+50%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-17%+100%+157%+40%-8%+150%+11%-13%-58%
Drugs-+200%+700%-50%-50%+200%-+200%+33%-25%
Other Crime--80%-67%+300%-+100%-50%+100%+20%-50%
Other Theft-67%-72%-69%+233%+11%-50%-60%-77%-23%-20%
Possession of Weapons+100%-67%-------50%-
Public Order-50%+8%+13%+67%+19%-5%-33%-39%-37%+36%
Robbery----67%+100%-----
Shoplifting-71%-29%-86%-75%-90%-50%-50%-20%-88%-70%
Theft From the Person---+100%--+100%---
Vehicle Crime-33%-14%-83%+140%-75%-67%-80%-71%-44%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%+33%+19%+51%+17%-21%+41%-26%+16%+9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Heckmondwike

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

How dangerous is Heckmondwike?
Heckmondwike is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire.

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

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

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