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Crime and Safety in Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Leeds is the most dangerous major city in West Yorkshire, and is the second most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leeds in 2021 was 151 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leeds is the most dangerous major city, and the 159th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Leeds had the worst crime rate in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 60 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Leeds residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 389 crimes at a rate of 0.76 per 1,000 residents. Leeds recorded 692 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Leeds are violence and sexual offences, with 33,457 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 65. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 28,530 offences and a difference of 9.64 from 2020's crime rate of 56. Leeds's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 735 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 4.8% from 2020's figure of 700 crimes.

Leeds 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Cities, West Yorkshire

36% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

52% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leeds is 36% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 52% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leeds Crime Rate Over Time

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Leeds Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Leeds represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Leeds

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202115177,156
202013669,294
201915780,229
201815679,829
201713770,190
201612362,717

Crime in Leeds Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Leeds This Year

 LeedsWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10,44420.4337,27115.98 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,0702.091,8150.78 63% more dangerous
Burglary3,6787.2011,8695.09 29% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7,47114.6225,78711.06 24% more dangerous
Drugs2,5785.047,8663.37 33% more dangerous
Other Crime1,7503.426,2402.68 22% more dangerous
Other Theft5,43610.6317,2507.40 30% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons7351.442,1340.91 37% more dangerous
Public Order10,66420.8637,73016.18 22% more dangerous
Robbery9501.862,2520.97 48% more dangerous
Shoplifting3,9617.7512,8335.50 29% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1,0111.982,2220.95 52% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4,3958.6013,2225.67 34% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences33,45765.45122,10552.35 20% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leeds

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Recent Crimes in Leeds

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near West Grange GarthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Eyres Mill SideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ash Tree GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cottingley ApproachUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cecil GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Baileys CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Back Raynville MountUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cross Linden TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Easterly ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ring Road Beeston ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cardinal GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ridge TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harley RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Christ Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Heights DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Eyres Mill SideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Royal Park TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Leeds Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27232720 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.62.01.92.1 Safer
Burglary141387 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16161515 Safer
Drugs3.74.455 Getting worse
Other Crime3.53.63.43.4 Safer
Other Theft15151011 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.51.41.4 Getting worse
Public Order14161621 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.62.51.81.9 Safer
Shoplifting111078 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.93.81.82.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime121189 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56595665 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93278% safer
Birmingham49.60204% safer
Barnet67.08125% safer
Croydon82.4883% safer
Sheffield90.0368% safer
Bristol90.5267% safer
Leicester111.5935% safer
Liverpool123.0623% safer
Bradford132.2814% safer
Leeds150.94-

Crime in Leeds's Neighbourhoods

Leeds City Centre is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Leeds, followed by Armley & New Wortley in second place, and Lincoln Green & St James as the third most dangerous area. Leeds's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Moortown, Primley Park & Wigton Moor, and Roundhay West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Armley & New Wortley2,490283Second
Beeston East1,11213029th
Beeston Hill & Hunslet Moor1,583232Fifth
Beeston West & Cottingley1,947236Fourth
Belle Isle North1,262209Tenth
Belle Isle South68612039th
Bramley East1,27016720th
Bramley Fall80412832nd
Bramley Park North63312336th
Bramley Park South1,12919813th
Bramley South & Upper Armley1,35315424th
Burley1,24014228th
Burmantofts1,67420111th
Carr Manor4716153rd
Chapel Allerton North5998950th
Chapel Allerton South & Chapeltown1,32112931st
Cookridge & Holt Park5049049th
Cross Flats Park & Garnets1,51620112th
Cross Gates West & Killingbeck1,21519116th
East End Park & Richmond Hill1,73616122nd
Far Headingley & Weetwood6235454th
Farnley East1,26619515th
Gipton North93412040th
Gipton South & Killingbeck Park1,36118717th
Gledhow60110243rd
Harehills North1,20015325th
Harehills South1,936226Seventh
Hawksworth & West Park1,26516321st
Headingley96010144th
Holbeck1,893215Ninth
Hollin Park & Fearnville1,14615623rd
Hyde Park7969447th
Hyde Park Corner & Woodhouse Cliff1,1818551st
Kirkstall88813030th
Lady Wood & Oakwood7309048th
Lawnswood & Ireland Wood6089845th
Leeds City Centre9,038665First
Leeds Dock, Hunslet & Stourton1,65019614th
Lincoln Green & St James2,286248Third
Meanwood4777152nd
Meanwood South & Sugarwell77912633rd
Middleton Park Avenue1,43318618th
Middleton Town Street1,18015027th
Moor Allerton94815126th
Moortown3574855th
Osmondthorpe & Neville Hill1,05117219th
Primley Park & Wigton Moor2803757th
Pudsey North East85811441st
Rodley & Stanningley Park68011242nd
Roundhay West2704556th
Seacroft North & Monkswood1,306229Sixth
Seacroft South1,212218Eighth
Tinshill70812138th
University & Little Woodhouse1,0859546th
Whinmoor95012237th
Woodhouse & Little London1,63312335th
Wortley82412434th

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 BehaviourPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (30)Leeds City Centre (813)
Bicycle TheftGipton North (1)Leeds City Centre (340)
BurglaryCarr Manor (13)Leeds City Centre (269)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (15)Middleton Park Avenue (256)
DrugsPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (4)Beeston West & Cottingley (252)
Other CrimePrimley Park & Wigton Moor (3)Armley & New Wortley (97)
Other TheftRoundhay West (10)Leeds City Centre (924)
Possession of WeaponsBelle Isle South (1)Leeds City Centre (102)
Public OrderPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (30)Leeds City Centre (1,278)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Primley Park & Wigton Moor (1)Leeds City Centre (184)
ShopliftingBramley Fall (1)Leeds City Centre (1,177)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Lawnswood & Ireland Wood (1)Leeds City Centre (545)
Vehicle CrimeTinshill (18)Leeds City Centre (416)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPrimley Park & Wigton Moor (128)Leeds City Centre (2,977)

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%-12%+4%+32%+25%+19%+19%+24%+39%+27%
Bicycle Theft-11%-39%-41%+16%-24%+29%+7%-2%-5%+3%
Burglary-32%-50%-45%-42%-33%-31%-26%-37%-27%-39%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%-29%-20%-1%+7%-3%+1%-4%-2%-22%
Drugs-11%+76%+58%+5%+9%+18%+30%+26%+15%+21%
Other Crime-24%-10%-21%-9%+10%-16%+1%+11%+7%+20%
Other Theft-29%-49%-47%-42%-34%-25%-24%-28%-34%-38%
Possession of Weapons-47%+4%-18%-4%-23%+5%+22%-16%+9%-7%
Public Order-3%-10%-6%+13%+12%+5%+20%+16%-6%-7%
Robbery-36%-52%-46%-29%-34%-20%-22%-40%-13%-11%
Shoplifting-15%-53%-55%-51%-39%-39%-37%-30%-53%-37%
Theft From the Person-49%-83%-85%-73%-54%-56%-51%-48%-73%-63%
Vehicle Crime-20%-47%-47%-35%-29%-23%-25%-20%-11%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-17%-17%-3%+3%+3%-1%-1%-8%-11%

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.

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