Leeds Crime Overview

Leeds is the most dangerous major city in West Yorkshire, and is the third most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leeds in 2020 was 137 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leeds is the most dangerous major city, and the 183rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Leeds had the worst crime rate in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 65 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Leeds residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 293 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Leeds recorded 549 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Leeds are violence and sexual offences, with 28,672 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 30,399 offences and a difference of 3.38 from 2019's crime rate of 59. Leeds's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 708 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 7% from 2019's figure of 757 crimes.

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Crime in Leeds Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Leeds This Year

 LeedsWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13,86427.1248,24020.6824% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft9641.891,7620.7660% more dangerous
Burglary4,2058.2315,1026.4721% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7,58314.8325,48710.9326% more dangerous
Drugs2,7595.408,3433.5834% more dangerous
Other Crime1,7683.466,6132.8418% more dangerous
Other Theft5,13910.0516,3707.0230% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons7081.392,1200.9135% more dangerous
Public Order8,31016.2630,32813.0020% more dangerous
Robbery9451.852,4431.0543% more dangerous
Shoplifting3,7667.3711,6474.9932% more dangerous
Theft From the Person9471.852,0400.8753% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4,3138.4413,6605.8631% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences28,67256.09107,15745.9418% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leeds

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Leeds Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30272327Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.62.62.01.9Safer
Burglary1414138Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17161615Safer
Drugs3.33.74.45Getting worse
Other Crime3.53.63.73.5Safer
Other Theft16151510Safer
Possession of Weapons0.981.41.51.4Getting worse
Public Order10141616Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.92.72.51.8Safer
Shoplifting1112117Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.94.03.81.8Safer
Vehicle Crime1212118Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43565956Getting worse

Changes In Leeds's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Leeds's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Armley Cemetery----100.21
Armley Park--2-210.39
Arthur Miller Stadium1----00.52
Bramley Recreation Ground--2-600.54
Cliff Park--1-120.29
East End Park1---410.30
Gotts Park4-12230.33
Halton Deans--2-650.38
Holbeck Moor23931378
Moortown Park-----20.68
New Farnley Park----178
Rodley Recreation Ground----200.50
Stanningley Park----110.19
Woodhouse Moor63565141.8
Wortley Recreation Ground--11-00.16

Comparing Leeds to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71102% safer
Coventry77.4177% safer
Croydon83.2265% safer
Sheffield85.8160% safer
Bristol86.2159% safer
Leicester97.4441% safer
Birmingham102.8733% safer
Liverpool107.2828% safer
Bradford133.023.1% safer
Leeds137.10-

Crime in Leeds's Neighbourhoods

Leeds City Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Leeds, followed by Armley & New Wortley in second place, and Beeston West & Cottingley as the third most dangerous area. Leeds's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Far Headingley & Weetwood, Primley Park & Wigton Moor, and Roundhay West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Armley & New Wortley2,284259Second
Beeston East1,01511933rd
Beeston Hill & Hunslet Moor1,359199Eighth
Beeston West & Cottingley2,031246Third
Belle Isle North1,13218711th
Belle Isle South79413925th
Bramley East1,06814024th
Bramley Fall81413029th
Bramley Park North4839443rd
Bramley Park South93116319th
Bramley South & Upper Armley1,24414222nd
Burley1,22914023rd
Burmantofts1,42717114th
Carr Manor4535953rd
Chapel Allerton North5938847th
Chapel Allerton South & Chapeltown1,23612131st
Cookridge & Holt Park4197550th
Cross Flats Park & Garnets1,500198Ninth
Cross Gates West & Killingbeck1,09117213th
East End Park & Richmond Hill1,42913227th
Far Headingley & Weetwood6255455th
Farnley East1,07816617th
Gipton North86911237th
Gipton South & Killingbeck Park1,10715220th
Gledhow5549442nd
Harehills North1,29016418th
Harehills South1,745203Seventh
Hawksworth & West Park1,01713128th
Headingley8128548th
Holbeck1,716195Tenth
Hollin Park & Fearnville1,25517115th
Hyde Park7218549th
Hyde Park Corner & Woodhouse Cliff9416851st
Kirkstall77111336th
Lady Wood & Oakwood7208945th
Lawnswood & Ireland Wood5869441st
Leeds City Centre6,863505First
Leeds Dock, Hunslet & Stourton1,45917312th
Lincoln Green & St James2,124230Fifth
Meanwood4476752nd
Meanwood South & Sugarwell73511932nd
Middleton Park Avenue1,29116816th
Middleton Town Street1,09413926th
Moor Allerton71311435th
Moortown3995454th
Osmondthorpe & Neville Hill90714821st
Primley Park & Wigton Moor3204257th
Pudsey North East6678946th
Rodley & Stanningley Park60710039th
Roundhay West2684556th
Seacroft North & Monkswood1,345236Fourth
Seacroft South1,212218Sixth
Tinshill5749840th
University & Little Woodhouse1,0499144th
Whinmoor96612430th
Woodhouse & Little London1,52911534th
Wortley69610538th

Leeds Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRoundhay West (32)Leeds City Centre (875)
Bicycle TheftPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (1)Leeds City Centre (257)
BurglaryBramley Fall (21)Leeds City Centre (296)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (15)Seacroft South (228)
DrugsPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (6)Beeston West & Cottingley (238)
Other CrimeRoundhay West (1)Armley & New Wortley (98)
Other TheftRoundhay West (13)Leeds City Centre (733)
Possession of WeaponsPudsey North East (2)Leeds City Centre (83)
Public OrderPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (23)Leeds City Centre (900)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Tinshill (1)Leeds City Centre (130)
ShopliftingBelle Isle North (1)Leeds City Centre (1,155)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Middleton Park Avenue (1)Leeds City Centre (480)
Vehicle CrimeCookridge & Holt Park (11)Leeds Dock, Hunslet & Stourton (189)
Violence and Sexual OffencesRoundhay West (94)Leeds City Centre (1,873)

Crime in Leeds During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leeds change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Leeds saw a 76% increase in drugs. Leeds saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 85% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-11%+5%+33%+25%+20%+18%+24%+40%+26%
Bicycle Theft-11%-39%-41%+13%-25%+32%+6%--5%+3%
Burglary-33%-50%-44%-43%-32%-31%-26%-38%-28%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%-29%-20%-1%+7%-3%+1%-4%-2%-22%
Drugs-12%+76%+58%+5%+9%+17%+30%+25%+16%+22%
Other Crime-24%-11%-23%-12%+9%-15%-+9%+7%+19%
Other Theft-29%-49%-48%-42%-34%-25%-25%-27%-35%-38%
Possession of Weapons-46%+3%-18%-4%-23%+3%+26%-16%+9%-7%
Public Order-2%-10%-6%+14%+12%+6%+20%+16%-6%-7%
Robbery-36%-52%-46%-29%-34%-20%-23%-40%-13%-12%
Shoplifting-15%-55%-57%-53%-42%-38%-36%-31%-49%-37%
Theft From the Person-50%-82%-85%-73%-54%-55%-49%-47%-74%-61%
Vehicle Crime-20%-47%-46%-36%-30%-23%-25%-21%-11%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-18%-17%-3%+4%+3%-2%-1%-8%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leeds

What police force serves Leeds?
Leeds's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Leeds?
Leeds is the most dangerous major city in West Yorkshire.
What is Leeds's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Leeds are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Leeds?
Leeds's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021