Horsforth Crime Overview

Horsforth is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 58th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Horsforth in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 55% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Horsforth is the 226th most dangerous small town, and the 1,577th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Horsforth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.96 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 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 10 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst small town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Horsforth are violence and sexual offences, with 472 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 413 offences and a difference of 2.99 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Horsforth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Horsforth Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Horsforth This Year

 HorsforthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31115.7348,24020.6831% safer
Bicycle Theft150.761,7620.760% safer
Burglary1638.2515,1026.4722% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1346.7825,48710.9361% safer
Drugs402.028,3433.5877% safer
Other Crime311.576,6132.8481% safer
Other Theft1537.7416,3707.029% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.352,1200.91160% safer
Public Order1427.1830,32813.0081% safer
Robbery120.612,4431.0572% safer
Shoplifting452.2811,6474.99119% safer
Theft From the Person80.402,0400.87118% safer
Vehicle Crime1115.6213,6605.864.3% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47223.88107,15745.9492% safer

Horsforth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kippax56059.5113% safer
Trident1,28161.1910% safer
Meltham54861.2210% safer
Guiseley81466.072.1% safer
Ossett1,45966.301.7% safer
Horsforth1,33367.44-
Mirfield1,34967.640.30% more dangerous
Horbury72068.141.0% more dangerous
Bingley1,53468.942.2% more dangerous
Rothwell1,34169.753.3% more dangerous
Hebden Royd68271.406% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Horsforth

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Horsforth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18141016Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.810.610.510.76Getting worse
Burglary1111108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8767Safer
Drugs0.460.711.12.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.62.01.6Safer
Other Theft81088Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.100.350.35Getting worse
Public Order4.04.867Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.761.00.61Safer
Shoplifting2.21.92.12.3Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.610.660.40Safer
Vehicle Crime101066Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16222124Getting 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 2020.

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
Horsforth67.44-
Barnet67.710.40% more dangerous
Coventry77.4113% more dangerous
Croydon83.2219% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2122% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Horsforth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Horsforth East54669First
Horsforth West36560Second

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021