Ilkley Crime Overview

Ilkley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 40th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ilkley in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 111% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ilkley is the 394th safest small town, and the 3,107th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Ilkley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for possession of weapons, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2019 was also a bad month for Ilkley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Ilkley recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst small town for bicycle theft in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ilkley are violence and sexual offences, with 250 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 2.8% lower than 2019's figure of 257 offences and a difference of 0.47 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Ilkley's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Ilkley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ilkley This Year

 IlkleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19413.1048,24020.6858% safer
Bicycle Theft90.611,7620.7625% safer
Burglary795.3315,1026.4721% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson714.7925,48710.93128% safer
Drugs211.428,3433.58152% safer
Other Crime201.356,6132.84110% safer
Other Theft593.9816,3707.0276% safer
Possession of Weapons110.742,1200.9123% safer
Public Order714.7930,32813.00171% safer
Robbery20.142,4431.05650% safer
Shoplifting825.5411,6474.9910% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.272,0400.87222% safer
Vehicle Crime543.6513,6605.8661% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25016.88107,15745.94172% safer

Ilkley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ripponden30438.8327% safer
Crigglestone40541.3620% safer
Denby Dale71742.8915% safer
Ackworth37847.554.1% safer
Clayton40247.823.5% safer
Ilkley73349.49-
Silsden42751.093.1% more dangerous
Garforth73951.093.1% more dangerous
Otley70651.233.4% more dangerous
Kippax56059.5117% more dangerous
Trident1,28161.1919% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ilkley

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Ilkley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15151013Safer
Bicycle Theft0.541.20.540.61Safer
Burglary8995Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7874.8Safer
Drugs0.270.470.881.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.61.21.4Safer
Other Theft764.24.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.410.140.74Getting worse
Public Order2.8664.8Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.340.470.14Safer
Shoplifting91096Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.30.540.610.27Safer
Vehicle Crime1011103.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13181717Getting worse

Changes In Ilkley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ilkley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Middleton Sports Ground2---121.7
West View Park3----12.3

Comparing Ilkley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ilkley49.49-
Barnet67.7127% more dangerous
Coventry77.4136% more dangerous
Croydon83.2241% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8142% more dangerous
Bristol86.2143% more dangerous
Leicester97.4449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8752% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2854% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in Ilkley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ilkley & Ben Rhydding61047First

Crime in Ilkley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ilkley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Ilkley saw a 350% increase in criminal damage and arson. Ilkley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during August, when it fell by 96% compared to August in 2019. Rates of burglary and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Ilkley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+171%-42%+33%+169%-12%+26%+117%+22%+60%+14%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+25%-71%-77%-40%-81%-46%-56%-13%-60%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson-40%--40%-50%-11%-74%+80%-+350%-30%
Drugs+100%+100%+67%--33%-----
Other Crime--+50%--50%-+100%--+200%
Other Theft+150%-60%-40%-33%-13%-25%+60%+167%-40%-38%
Possession of Weapons--50%--------
Public Order+14%+60%-18%-67%+50%-55%-50%-17%+40%+100%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+125%-29%-36%-57%-69%-53%-85%-44%-63%-27%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-80%-67%-79%-53%-67%-96%-33%+17%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-27%-26%+53%-+62%+20%+5%-38%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ilkley

What police force serves Ilkley?
Ilkley's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Ilkley?
Ilkley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Ilkley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ilkley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ilkley?
Ilkley's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021