Morley Crime Overview

Morley is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morley in 2020 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 0.42% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morley is the 32nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 440th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Morley was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.91 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Morley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Morley recorded 4 reports of robbery during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Morley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,422 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 1,331 offences and a difference of 2.97 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Morley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 14 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Morley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Morley This Year

 MorleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour55618.1648,24020.6814% safer
Bicycle Theft140.461,7620.7665% safer
Burglary2146.9915,1026.477% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2648.6225,48710.9327% safer
Drugs752.458,3433.5846% safer
Other Crime772.516,6132.8413% safer
Other Theft1926.2716,3707.0212% safer
Possession of Weapons230.752,1200.9121% safer
Public Order38812.6730,32813.002.6% safer
Robbery230.752,4431.0540% safer
Shoplifting2197.1511,6474.9930% more dangerous
Theft From the Person210.692,0400.8726% safer
Vehicle Crime2468.0313,6605.8627% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,42246.43107,15745.941.1% more dangerous

Morley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkburton82531.59228% safer
Holme Valley1,43252.0599% safer
Pudsey2,44772.4743% safer
Brighouse2,66878.7632% safer
Pontefract3,076100.713.0% safer
Morley3,178103.77-
Castleford5,173120.3914% more dangerous
Keighley6,835120.9114% more dangerous
Shipley3,522122.3815% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morley

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Morley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18181818Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.230.390.590.46Getting worse
Burglary1111107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson810109Safer
Drugs1.51.72.02.4Getting worse
Other Crime2.03.22.42.5Safer
Other Theft89106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.560.720.75Getting worse
Public Order691313Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.690.590.720.75Getting worse
Shoplifting8897Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.781.10.910.69Safer
Vehicle Crime910108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28424346Getting worse

Changes In Morley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Morley's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hembrigg Park2-1-322.2
Scatcherd Park13-3-735

Comparing Morley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7153% safer
Coventry77.4134% safer
Croydon83.2225% safer
Sheffield85.8121% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.87% safer
Morley103.77-
Liverpool107.283.3% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1024% more dangerous

Crime in Morley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Churwell944154Second
Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk62583Fourth
Morley Central1,142177First
Morley East73689Third

Morley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChurwell (85)Morley Central (165)
Bicycle TheftMorley East (3)Morley Central (4)
BurglaryChurwell (36)Morley Central (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (52)Morley Central (77)
DrugsMorley East (14)Morley Central (22)
Other CrimeMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (15)Churwell (27)
Other TheftMorley East (32)Morley Central (66)
Possession of WeaponsMorley East (5)Churwell (9)
Public OrderMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (59)Morley Central (148)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Morley East (5)Morley Central (9)
ShopliftingMorley East (7)Churwell (315)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Morley East (1)Churwell (15)
Vehicle CrimeMorley East (45)Churwell (88)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (250)Morley Central (513)

Crime in Morley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Morley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Morley saw a 500% increase in drugs. Morley saw a large fall in bicycle theft during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%-52%-11%+37%+18%+15%+48%+26%-24%-3%
Bicycle Theft-----83%--+100%-50%-
Burglary-51%-38%-50%-19%+47%+57%-59%-75%-70%-5%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-38%-38%+4%-13%+28%+67%-18%+25%-41%
Drugs+80%-33%-+43%+25%-17%-+233%-43%+500%
Other Crime-83%---33%-+14%+40%-77%+167%+120%
Other Theft-33%-31%-36%-54%-48%-32%-39%-19%-25%-43%
Possession of Weapons--+100%-50%-+33%-67%--25%-33%
Public Order-6%+29%+45%+4%+17%-2%-27%+6%-9%-7%
Robbery---+100%---50%+200%--33%
Shoplifting-39%-7%-64%+5%-63%-50%+79%+127%-25%-15%
Theft From the Person-67%-33%-75%+33%-+200%---75%-75%
Vehicle Crime-13%+10%+25%-30%+36%-66%-13%+17%-54%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-20%-2%-12%+60%+40%+28%-1%+4%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Morley

What police force serves Morley?
Morley's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Morley?
Morley is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Morley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Morley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Morley?
Morley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021