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Crime and Safety in Huddersfield

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Huddersfield is the safest major town in West Yorkshire, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Huddersfield in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 12% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Huddersfield is the 32nd most dangerous major town, and the 568th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Huddersfield was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 88 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.51 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Huddersfield residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 142 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Huddersfield recorded 45 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst major town for drugs in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Huddersfield are violence and sexual offences, with 8,629 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 7,597 offences and a difference of 6.00 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Huddersfield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 77 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 6% from 2020's figure of 82 crimes.

Huddersfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, West Yorkshire

4.0% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Huddersfield is 4.0% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Huddersfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Huddersfield Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Huddersfield 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 Huddersfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110117,370
20209516,279
201911219,197
201810517,961
20179315,904
20168514,568

Crime in Huddersfield Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Huddersfield This Year

 HuddersfieldWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,15812.5637,27115.98 27% safer
Bicycle Theft770.451,8150.78 73% safer
Burglary7094.1311,8695.09 23% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5919.2625,78711.06 19% safer
Drugs5463.187,8663.37 6% safer
Other Crime3782.206,2402.68 22% safer
Other Theft1,1826.8817,2507.40 8% safer
Possession of Weapons1771.032,1340.91 12% more dangerous
Public Order2,59915.1337,73016.18 7% safer
Robbery1300.762,2520.97 28% safer
Shoplifting6013.5012,8335.50 57% safer
Theft From the Person1060.622,2220.95 53% safer
Vehicle Crime6453.7513,2225.67 51% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,62950.22122,10552.35 4.2% safer

Huddersfield Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield17,370101.10-
Dewsbury8,239124.1819% more dangerous
Wakefield14,258132.5824% more dangerous
Halifax13,650146.9031% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Huddersfield

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Recent Crimes in Huddersfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oxford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Calton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Annie Smith WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SouthgateFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Taylor Hill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Disney CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willow LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenhead CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beast MarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near BrooklandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Riddings CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Huddersfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18141813 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.510.520.480.45 Safer
Burglary874.54.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101199 Safer
Drugs2.74.03.43.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.21.92.2 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.40.881.0 Safer
Public Order12121215 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.51.10.76 Safer
Shoplifting774.63.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.40.740.62 Safer
Vehicle Crime784.63.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41474450 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0851% safer
Croydon82.4823% safer
Sheffield90.0512% safer
Bristol90.5212% safer
Huddersfield101.10-
Coventry102.241.1% more dangerous
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6422% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% 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, Golcar, Longwood & Quarmby, and Moldgreen & Ravensknowle Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Almondbury & Waterloo5419212th
Aspley, Longley & University1,426130Fourth
Birkby957113Fifth
Cowlersley & Milnsbridge738108Ninth
Crosland Moor6538713th
Dalton Long Lane5799811th
Deighton & Brackenhall827113Sixth
Edgerton & Marsh1,187172Second
Golcar5087815th
Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown2,604344First
Lockwood82098Tenth
Longwood & Quarmby4537016th
Moldgreen & Ravensknowle Park5148614th
Oakes & South Lindley739112Seventh
Paddock & Greenhead1,075152Third
Rawthorpe697111Eighth

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 BehaviourLockwood (72)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (254)
Bicycle TheftCrosland Moor (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (18)
BurglaryAlmondbury & Waterloo (15)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonGolcar (36)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (186)
DrugsGolcar (4)Aspley, Longley & University (139)
Other CrimeLongwood & Quarmby (8)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (38)
Other TheftLongwood & Quarmby (24)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (210)
Possession of WeaponsDalton Long Lane (2)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (37)
Public OrderMoldgreen & Ravensknowle Park (52)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (442)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Oakes & South Lindley (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (34)
ShopliftingMoldgreen & Ravensknowle Park (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (301)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Deighton & Brackenhall (1)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (41)
Vehicle CrimeDalton Long Lane (9)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (69)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLongwood & Quarmby (244)Huddersfield Leeds Road & Fartown (1,068)

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, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+13%+19%+46%+22%+37%+35%+24%+28%+31%
Bicycle Theft-14%-44%+36%+25%-40%-89%+180%-88%+100%-43%
Burglary-34%-52%-35%-53%-33%-29%-53%-30%-32%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-44%-17%-4%-26%-1%-19%-15%-5%-28%
Drugs-2%-36%-8%-6%-9%+2%-9%+4%+6%-3%
Other Crime-7%-4%-27%+7%+3%-33%-12%-29%-66%-13%
Other Theft-12%-39%-45%-22%+6%-15%-24%-37%-41%-22%
Possession of Weapons--71%-61%-42%-64%+64%-47%-40%+17%+33%
Public Order-4%-16%+11%-1%+25%+32%+2%+2%-16%-19%
Robbery-27%-27%-56%-35%-46%+7%+6%+63%-48%-39%
Shoplifting-30%-62%-49%-63%-62%-49%-43%+14%-37%-4%
Theft From the Person+21%-63%-56%-67%+22%-47%-20%-68%-75%-56%
Vehicle Crime-1%-49%-51%-59%-44%-51%-45%-52%-37%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-13%-18%-4%-2%-7%+0%-15%-10%-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.

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