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Crime and Safety in Keighley

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Keighley is the third most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Keighley in 2021 was 135 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Keighley is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 227th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Keighley was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 56 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.99 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Keighley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Keighley recorded 21 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Keighley are violence and sexual offences, with 3,777 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 3,226 offences and a difference of 9.75 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Keighley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 73% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Keighley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Yorkshire

28% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Keighley is 28% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Keighley Crime Rate Over Time

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Keighley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Keighley 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 Keighley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211357,657
20201216,835
20191287,227
20181337,507
20171076,065
2016884,992

Crime in Keighley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Keighley This Year

 KeighleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,13420.0637,27115.98 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.191,8150.78 311% safer
Burglary3516.2111,8695.09 18% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson73613.0225,78711.06 15% more dangerous
Drugs2243.967,8663.37 15% more dangerous
Other Crime1893.346,2402.68 20% more dangerous
Other Theft3776.6717,2507.40 11% safer
Possession of Weapons400.712,1340.91 28% safer
Public Order1,16420.5937,73016.18 21% more dangerous
Robbery581.032,2520.97 6% more dangerous
Shoplifting3906.9012,8335.50 20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person400.712,2220.95 34% safer
Vehicle Crime3005.3113,2225.67 7% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,77766.82122,10552.35 22% more dangerous

Keighley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holme Valley1,37850.09170% safer
Brighouse2,69479.5370% safer
Pudsey2,87385.0959% safer
Shipley3,361116.7916% safer
Pontefract3,624118.6614% safer
Keighley7,657135.45-
Morley4,365142.545.0% more dangerous
Castleford6,218144.716% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Keighley

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Recent Crimes in Keighley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greystones DriveAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Low Fell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Huntsmans CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ivy StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cartmel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Airey StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Great Northern RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Nile StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near North Dean AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Crescent ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bankfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Frederick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Granby LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spring PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Stonehaven CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Back Cromer GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakbank AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Keighley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24192320 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.300.340.19 Safer
Burglary11876 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121313 Getting worse
Drugs2.02.93.34.0 Getting worse
Other Crime3.13.73.53.3 Getting worse
Other Theft11877 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.760.880.71 Safer
Public Order14161621 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.880.881.0 Getting worse
Shoplifting101167 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.30.850.500.71 Safer
Vehicle Crime8755 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56565767 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.08102% safer
Croydon82.4864% safer
Sheffield90.0550% safer
Bristol90.5250% safer
Coventry102.2432% safer
Leicester111.5921% safer
Liverpool123.0610% safer
Birmingham129.644.5% safer
Bradford132.282.4% safer
Keighley135.45-
Leeds150.9410% 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 & East2,744231First
Keighley Exley Head790107Fourth
Keighley Oakworth Road & West Lane1,519157Third
Keighley South1,146185Second
Keighley Utley61389Fifth
Oakworth & Laycock41766Sixth
Riddlesden & East Morton38850Seventh

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 BehaviourRiddlesden & East Morton (52)Keighley South (198)
Bicycle TheftKeighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (1)Keighley Central & East (5)
BurglaryRiddlesden & East Morton (26)Keighley Central & East (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonOakworth & Laycock (31)Keighley South (132)
DrugsRiddlesden & East Morton (5)Keighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (59)
Other CrimeRiddlesden & East Morton (9)Keighley South (35)
Other TheftOakworth & Laycock (21)Keighley Central & East (140)
Possession of WeaponsKeighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (2)Keighley Central & East (17)
Public OrderRiddlesden & East Morton (47)Keighley Central & East (455)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Keighley Exley Head (1)Keighley Central & East (29)
ShopliftingKeighley Oakworth Road & West Lane (2)Keighley Central & East (327)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Riddlesden & East Morton (1)Keighley Central & East (22)
Vehicle CrimeRiddlesden & East Morton (20)Keighley South (47)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRiddlesden & East Morton (197)Keighley Central & East (1,213)

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 third 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.

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