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Crime and Safety in Horsforth

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Horsforth is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 54th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Horsforth in 2021 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 68% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Horsforth is the 279th most dangerous small town, and the 1,709th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Horsforth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for other theft, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.71 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Horsforth residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Horsforth recorded 16 reports of vehicle crime during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.81 the worst small town for vehicle crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Horsforth are violence and sexual offences, with 581 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 472 offences and a difference of 5.51 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Horsforth's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 71% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Horsforth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

44% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

14% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Horsforth is 44% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 14% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Horsforth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Horsforth 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 Horsforth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021671,329
2020671,333
2019641,261
2018711,409
2017631,251
2016591,170

Crime in Horsforth Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Horsforth This Year

 HorsforthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26613.4637,27115.98 19% safer
Bicycle Theft120.611,8150.78 28% safer
Burglary1095.5111,8695.09 8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1206.0725,78711.06 82% safer
Drugs221.117,8663.37 204% safer
Other Crime221.116,2402.68 141% safer
Other Theft1366.8817,2507.40 8% safer
Possession of Weapons110.562,1340.91 62% safer
Public Order1869.4137,73016.18 72% safer
Robbery70.352,2520.97 177% safer
Shoplifting321.6212,8335.50 240% safer
Theft From the Person90.462,2220.95 107% safer
Vehicle Crime824.1513,2225.67 37% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58129.39122,10552.35 78% safer

Horsforth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ackworth43554.7223% safer
Ilkley82255.5021% safer
Meltham53559.7613% safer
Guiseley76261.859% safer
Kippax61265.043.4% safer
Horsforth1,32967.24-
Wetherby74167.800.83% more dangerous
Yeadon1,37674.4810% more dangerous
Bingley1,66674.8710% more dangerous
Baildon1,28177.0213% more dangerous
Ossett1,70477.4413% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Horsforth

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Recent Crimes in Horsforth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wood LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Featherbank MountInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near South ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Manor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Jackman DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broadgate DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Salmon CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Green LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rose AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Victoria AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Broadgate CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Knoll Wood ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Newlaithes GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Newlay Wood FoldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hall Park MountInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westbrook LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St James AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Low Hall RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Horsforth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14101613 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.610.510.760.61 Safer
Burglary111086 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7676 Safer
Drugs0.711.12.01.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.01.61.1 Safer
Other Theft10887 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.350.350.56 Getting worse
Public Order4.8679 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.761.00.610.35 Safer
Shoplifting1.92.12.31.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.660.400.46 Safer
Vehicle Crime10664.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22212429 Getting worse

Changes In Horsforth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Horsforth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Horsforth Hall Park81--251.1
Yarnbury Rugby Football Club1---331.3

Comparing Horsforth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.080.24% safer
Horsforth67.24-
Croydon82.4818% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0525% more dangerous
Bristol90.5226% more dangerous
Coventry102.2434% more dangerous
Leicester111.5940% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6448% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Horsforth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Horsforth East58073First
Horsforth West32253Second

Crime in Horsforth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Horsforth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Horsforth saw a 500% increase in other crime. Horsforth saw a large fall in other crime during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+60%-53%+67%+154%+25%+76%+160%+106%+167%+6%
Bicycle Theft---+50%-+300%---+100%
Burglary-74%-59%-30%+56%-56%+142%+58%+67%+10%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-50%+80%+50%+50%-50%+57%+10%+38%-31%
Drugs---40%-+300%+33%-+400%+200%+25%
Other Crime---89%--40%+200%+150%+500%--75%
Other Theft-31%-40%-58%+89%-25%-6%+18%+58%-48%+11%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-14%+129%+40%+29%-25%-13%+83%+33%-+27%
Robbery------50%-80%---67%
Shoplifting+100%-+50%+150%-75%-50%----57%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+144%-15%-85%+14%-63%-64%+125%-47%+367%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%+4%+35%+23%-6%+3%+30%+92%+52%+12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Horsforth

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

How dangerous is Horsforth?
Horsforth is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Horsforth?
Horsforth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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