Keighley Crime Overview

Keighley is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Keighley in 2020 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Keighley is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 262nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Keighley was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 65 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Keighley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 46 crimes at a rate of 0.81 per 1,000 residents. Keighley recorded 20 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Keighley are violence and sexual offences, with 3,226 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 2.5% higher than 2019's figure of 3,144 offences and a difference of 1.45 from 2019's crime rate of 56. Keighley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 19 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 11% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Crime in Keighley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Keighley This Year

 KeighleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,30323.0548,24020.6810% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft190.341,7620.76124% safer
Burglary4117.2715,1026.4711% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson71512.6525,48710.9314% more dangerous
Drugs1853.278,3433.589% safer
Other Crime1963.476,6132.8418% more dangerous
Other Theft3766.6516,3707.026% safer
Possession of Weapons500.882,1200.913.4% safer
Public Order93016.4530,32813.0021% more dangerous
Robbery500.882,4431.0519% safer
Shoplifting3576.3211,6474.9921% more dangerous
Theft From the Person280.502,0400.8774% safer
Vehicle Crime2925.1713,6605.8613% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,22657.07107,15745.9420% more dangerous

Keighley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pudsey2,44772.4767% safer
Brighouse2,66878.7654% safer
Pontefract3,076100.7120% safer
Morley3,178103.7717% safer
Castleford5,173120.390.43% safer
Keighley6,835120.91-
Shipley3,522122.381.2% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Keighley

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Keighley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28241923Safer
Bicycle Theft0.640.440.300.34Safer
Burglary91187Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141213Safer
Drugs2.12.02.93.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.73.13.73.5Getting worse
Other Theft121187Safer
Possession of Weapons0.651.00.760.88Getting worse
Public Order9141616Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.850.870.880.88Getting worse
Shoplifting1010116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.851.30.850.50Safer
Vehicle Crime11875Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36565657Getting worse

Changes In Keighley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Keighley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Victoria Park-1--822.5
Whins Wood Recreation Ground4-1-237

Comparing Keighley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7179% safer
Coventry77.4156% safer
Croydon83.2245% safer
Sheffield85.8141% safer
Bristol86.2140% safer
Leicester97.4424% safer
Birmingham102.8718% safer
Liverpool107.2813% safer
Keighley120.91-
Bradford133.029% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% more dangerous

Crime in Keighley's Neighbourhoods

Keighley Central & East is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Keighley, followed by Keighley South in second place, and Keighley Oakworth Road & West Lane as the third most dangerous area. Keighley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Keighley Utley, Oakworth & Laycock, and Riddlesden & East Morton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Keighley Central & East2,246189First
Keighley Exley Head742101Fourth
Keighley Oakworth Road & West Lane1,374142Third
Keighley South1,108179Second
Keighley Utley54179Fifth
Oakworth & Laycock40263Sixth
Riddlesden & East Morton39651Seventh

Keighley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourOakworth & Laycock (59)Keighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (312)
Bicycle TheftKeighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (1)Keighley South (4)
BurglaryKeighley Utley (26)Keighley South (75)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRiddlesden & East Morton (28)Keighley South (132)
DrugsOakworth & Laycock (3)Keighley Central & East (74)
Other CrimeOakworth & Laycock (6)Keighley South (37)
Other TheftOakworth & Laycock (12)Keighley South (87)
Possession of WeaponsOakworth & Laycock (1)Keighley Central & East (18)
Public OrderRiddlesden & East Morton (49)Keighley Central & East (326)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Riddlesden & East Morton (2)Keighley Central & East (22)
ShopliftingKeighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (1)Keighley Central & East (279)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Keighley Exley Head (1)Keighley Central & East (15)
Vehicle CrimeKeighley Utley (23)Keighley South (45)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOakworth & Laycock (150)Keighley South (542)

Crime in Keighley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Keighley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Keighley saw a 400% increase in possession of weapons. Keighley saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Keighley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%-7%+46%-+33%+24%-25%+15%+52%+83%
Bicycle Theft-+100%-50%+300%+50%+50%-50%---
Burglary+39%-31%-32%-41%-27%-29%+119%-29%-16%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-20%+18%-2%+27%+34%-3%+14%+5%+33%
Drugs-10%-47%+50%+60%+78%+63%-7%+17%+21%+100%
Other Crime-5%-26%+18%+23%-9%+33%+18%-7%-6%-27%
Other Theft+28%-57%-17%-39%-18%+3%-19%--3%+9%
Possession of Weapons-33%-50%-60%+50%-+33%-67%+100%+400%-25%
Public Order+48%-+20%+23%-25%+34%+10%+19%-11%-
Robbery+150%+20%-57%+50%-44%-75%+67%+100%+100%-
Shoplifting+3%-69%-79%-75%-58%-33%-21%-53%-75%-61%
Theft From the Person+150%-86%-60%--20%-57%--33%-67%-80%
Vehicle Crime+13%-47%-44%-44%-58%-50%-10%-50%-50%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-19%-9%-5%+22%+18%-4%+24%+6%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Keighley

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021