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Crime and Safety in Ilkley

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Ilkley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 42nd safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ilkley in 2021 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 103% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ilkley is the 407th safest small town, and the 2,667th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Ilkley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for shoplifting, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Ilkley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Ilkley recorded 5 reports of possession of weapons during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ilkley are violence and sexual offences, with 319 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 22% higher than 2020's figure of 250 offences and a difference of 4.66 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Ilkley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 450% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Ilkley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

75% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

38% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ilkley is 75% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 38% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ilkley Crime Rate Over Time

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Ilkley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ilkley 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 Ilkley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202156822
202049733
201966981
2018731,084
201761905
201646678

Crime in Ilkley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ilkley This Year

 IlkleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19313.0337,27115.98 23% safer
Bicycle Theft30.201,8150.78 290% safer
Burglary835.6011,8695.09 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson755.0625,78711.06 119% safer
Drugs130.887,8663.37 283% safer
Other Crime90.616,2402.68 339% safer
Other Theft513.4417,2507.40 115% safer
Possession of Weapons20.142,1340.91 550% safer
Public Order1097.3637,73016.18 120% safer
Robbery60.412,2520.97 137% safer
Shoplifting906.0812,8335.50 10% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.472,2220.95 102% safer
Vehicle Crime553.7113,2225.67 53% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31921.54122,10552.35 143% safer

Ilkley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ripponden35345.0923% safer
Silsden40548.4615% safer
Garforth74251.308% safer
Otley74954.352.1% safer
Ackworth43554.721.4% safer
Ilkley82255.50-
Meltham53559.767% more dangerous
Guiseley76261.8510% more dangerous
Kippax61265.0415% more dangerous
Horsforth1,32967.2417% more dangerous
Wetherby74167.8018% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ilkley

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Recent Crimes in Ilkley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stubham RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Brewery RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ashlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coutances WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mount PleasantInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bolton Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Springs LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Back Weston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Undercliffe RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Back Nelson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ryedale ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Brook StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cunliffe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ilkley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15101313 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.540.610.20 Safer
Burglary9956 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson874.85 Safer
Drugs0.470.881.40.88 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.21.40.61 Safer
Other Theft64.24.03.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.140.740.14 Safer
Public Order664.87 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.470.140.41 Getting worse
Shoplifting10966 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.540.610.270.47 Safer
Vehicle Crime11103.63.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18171722 Getting 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 2021.

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
Ilkley55.50-
Barnet67.0817% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0538% more dangerous
Bristol90.5239% more dangerous
Coventry102.2446% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6457% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% more dangerous

Crime in Ilkley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ilkley & Ben Rhydding71955First

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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