Heckmondwike Crime Overview

Heckmondwike is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Heckmondwike in 2020 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 2.3% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Heckmondwike is the 46th most dangerous small town, and the 402nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Heckmondwike was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for public order, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Heckmondwike residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Heckmondwike recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst small town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Heckmondwike are violence and sexual offences, with 637 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 590 offences and a difference of 3.73 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Heckmondwike's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Heckmondwike Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Heckmondwike This Year

 HeckmondwikeWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27922.1648,24020.687% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.161,7620.76375% safer
Burglary564.4515,1026.4745% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15812.5525,48710.9313% more dangerous
Drugs393.108,3433.5815% safer
Other Crime473.736,6132.8424% more dangerous
Other Theft826.5116,3707.028% safer
Possession of Weapons120.952,1200.914.2% more dangerous
Public Order19515.4930,32813.0016% more dangerous
Robbery161.272,4431.0517% more dangerous
Shoplifting332.6211,6474.9990% safer
Theft From the Person60.482,0400.8781% safer
Vehicle Crime604.7613,6605.8623% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences63750.59107,15745.949% more dangerous

Heckmondwike Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Baildon1,33680.3333% safer
Todmorden1,42789.0020% safer
Liversedge1,61489.2120% safer
Elland1,45389.3919% safer
Normanton2,14198.898% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,269109.272.4% more dangerous
Hemsworth1,592112.625% more dangerous
Cleckheaton1,271112.926% more dangerous
Featherstone1,980114.197% more dangerous
South Elmsall871115.848% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Heckmondwike

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Heckmondwike Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour36202122Safer
Bicycle Theft0.320.710.560.16Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141113Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1110117Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.30.950.95Safer
Public Order11131615Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.641.51.41.3Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.480.950.48Safer
Vehicle Crime9984.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33414751Getting worse

Changes In Heckmondwike's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Heckmondwike to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7158% safer
Coventry77.4138% safer
Croydon83.2228% safer
Sheffield85.8124% safer
Bristol86.2124% safer
Leicester97.449% safer
Birmingham102.873.7% safer
Liverpool107.280.58% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1022% more dangerous

Crime in Heckmondwike's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Heckmondwike North1,03388First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+11%-33%+100%+176%+88%-45%-13%-13%+10%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-17%+100%+157%+40%-8%+150%+11%-13%-58%
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%
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 10 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021