Huddersfield Crime Overview

Huddersfield is the safest major town in West Yorkshire, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Huddersfield in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Huddersfield is the 34th most dangerous major town, and the 544th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Huddersfield was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 111 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.65 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Huddersfield residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 83 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Huddersfield recorded 67 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst major town for drugs in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Huddersfield are violence and sexual offences, with 7,779 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 8,244 offences and a difference of 2.70 from 2019's crime rate of 48. Huddersfield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 88 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1.1% from 2019's figure of 89 crimes.

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Crime in Huddersfield Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Huddersfield This Year

 HuddersfieldWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,10318.0648,24020.6815% safer
Bicycle Theft880.511,7620.7649% safer
Burglary8124.7315,1026.4737% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6569.6425,48710.9313% safer
Drugs5803.388,3433.586% safer
Other Crime3401.986,6132.8443% safer
Other Theft1,1506.6916,3707.024.9% safer
Possession of Weapons1570.912,1200.910% safer
Public Order2,17812.6830,32813.002.5% safer
Robbery1941.132,4431.057% more dangerous
Shoplifting7964.6311,6474.998% safer
Theft From the Person1300.762,0400.8714% safer
Vehicle Crime8294.8313,6605.8621% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,77945.28107,15745.941.5% safer

Huddersfield Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield16,68997.14-
Wakefield12,366114.9816% more dangerous
Dewsbury8,166123.0821% more dangerous
Halifax12,795137.6929% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Huddersfield

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Huddersfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21181518Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.510.520.51Safer
Burglary7874.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101110Safer
Drugs2.82.74.03.4Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.02.22.0Safer
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.41.40.91Safer
Public Order9121213Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.81.51.1Safer
Shoplifting8874.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.41.40.76Safer
Vehicle Crime8784.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33424845Getting worse

Changes In Huddersfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Huddersfield's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Huddersfield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mark Fisher's Two Furrows Recreation Ground----317
Newsome Road Playing Fields----2410
Norman Park5-4-8811
Ravensknowle Park4-2-702.7
Standiforth Playing Fields--1-110.55
Yorkshire Lions Football Club1-1--00.91

Comparing Huddersfield to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2217% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2113% safer
Huddersfield97.14-
Leicester97.440.31% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.289% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Huddersfield's Neighbourhoods

Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Huddersfield, followed by Edgerton & Marsh in second place, and Paddock & Greenhead as the third most dangerous area. Huddersfield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Lockwood, Longwood & Quarmby, and Moldgreen & Ravensknowle Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Almondbury & Waterloo5008511th
Aspley, Longley & University1,428130Fourth
Birkby948112Sixth
Cowlersley & Milnsbridge698102Seventh
Crosland Moor64086Tenth
Dalton Long Lane4818113th
Deighton & Brackenhall887121Fifth
Edgerton & Marsh1,108161Second
Golcar5478412th
Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown2,307305First
Lockwood6597915th
Longwood & Quarmby4507016th
Moldgreen & Ravensknowle Park4778014th
Oakes & South Lindley56986Ninth
Paddock & Greenhead959136Third
Rawthorpe56490Eighth

Huddersfield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Huddersfield for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourOakes & South Lindley (63)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (428)
Bicycle TheftLockwood (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (13)
BurglaryOakes & South Lindley (18)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (104)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongwood & Quarmby (43)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (172)
DrugsGolcar (4)Aspley, Longley & University (132)
Other CrimeLongwood & Quarmby (3)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (30)
Other TheftGolcar (13)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (163)
Possession of WeaponsOakes & South Lindley (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (25)
Public OrderLongwood & Quarmby (52)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (331)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Longwood & Quarmby (2)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (45)
ShopliftingBirkby (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (364)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Crosland Moor (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (44)
Vehicle CrimeDeighton & Brackenhall (21)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (75)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLongwood & Quarmby (230)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (876)

Crime in Huddersfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Huddersfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Huddersfield saw a 180% increase in bicycle theft. Huddersfield saw a large fall in bicycle theft during August, when it fell by 89% compared to August in 2019. Huddersfield saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, shoplifting, vehicle crime, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+30%+9%+17%+47%+22%+36%+36%+22%+33%+31%
Bicycle Theft-14%-44%+36%+38%-13%-89%+180%-88%+100%-29%
Burglary-33%-50%-30%-53%-34%-37%-55%-34%-30%+28%
Criminal Damage and Arson-12%-44%-16%-9%-26%-1%-18%-13%-9%-26%
Drugs-2%-36%-6%-6%-9%+2%-15%+4%+6%-3%
Other Crime-11%-7%-22%+13%+10%-35%-12%-26%-66%-10%
Other Theft-8%-39%-43%-17%+6%-12%-24%-36%-40%-22%
Possession of Weapons--71%-61%-42%-57%+73%-41%-38%+15%+44%
Public Order-4%-16%+12%-+25%+32%+4%+1%-16%-19%
Robbery-27%-27%-56%-35%-48%+7%-+63%-48%-30%
Shoplifting-28%-61%-50%-62%-63%-49%-43%+12%-37%-4%
Theft From the Person+21%-63%-56%-67%+33%-47%-20%-64%-69%-56%
Vehicle Crime+2%-42%-53%-60%-45%-51%-47%-52%-39%-66%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-13%-18%-5%-1%-7%+1%-14%-8%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Huddersfield

What police force serves Huddersfield?
Huddersfield's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Huddersfield?
Huddersfield is the safest major town in West Yorkshire.
What is Huddersfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Huddersfield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Huddersfield?
Huddersfield's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021