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Crime and Safety in Morley, West Yorkshire

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Morley is the second 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 Morley in 2021 was 143 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morley is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 195th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Morley was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.03 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Morley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 41 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Morley recorded 12 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Morley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,833 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 60. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 1,486 offences and a difference of 11.34 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Morley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 7% from 2020's figure of 16 crimes.

Morley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Yorkshire

32% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

46% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Morley is 32% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 46% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Morley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Morley 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 Morley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211434,365
20201213,718
20191344,107
20181273,878
20171013,097
20161013,080

Crime in Morley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Morley This Year

 MorleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour49316.1037,27115.98 0.75% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft150.491,8150.78 59% safer
Burglary2327.5811,8695.09 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson32910.7425,78711.06 3.0% safer
Drugs762.487,8663.37 36% safer
Other Crime1143.726,2402.68 28% more dangerous
Other Theft2949.6017,2507.40 23% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons351.142,1340.91 20% more dangerous
Public Order56818.5537,73016.18 13% more dangerous
Robbery210.692,2520.97 41% safer
Shoplifting55218.0312,8335.50 69% more dangerous
Theft From the Person331.082,2220.95 12% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2638.5913,2225.67 34% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,83359.86122,10552.35 13% more dangerous

Morley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brighouse2,69479.5379% safer
Pudsey2,87385.0968% safer
Shipley3,361116.7922% safer
Pontefract3,624118.6620% safer
Keighley7,657135.455% safer
Morley4,365142.54-
Castleford6,218144.711.5% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morley

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Recent Crimes in Morley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Harwill CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hunger HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Denshaw GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ibbetson CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Elmfield CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Rydal DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chantry CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harwill AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hunger HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Bantam CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sandringham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clifford PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tingley CommonUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tingley CommonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Little LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near California StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fountain StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Morley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19181916 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.420.690.520.49 Getting worse
Burglary111078 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110911 Getting worse
Drugs2.12.32.62.5 Getting worse
Other Crime4.23.43.03.7 Getting worse
Other Theft1012810 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.750.911.1 Getting worse
Public Order9141419 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.590.820.750.69 Safer
Shoplifting20221718 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.51.51.21.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime111199 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43454960 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.08112% safer
Croydon82.4873% safer
Sheffield90.0558% safer
Bristol90.5257% safer
Coventry102.2439% safer
Leicester111.5928% safer
Liverpool123.0616% safer
Birmingham129.6410% safer
Bradford132.288% safer
Morley142.54-
Leeds150.946% more dangerous

Crime in Morley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Churwell1,089178Second
Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk808107Fourth
Morley Central1,196186First
Morley East1,001121Third

Morley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (90)Morley East (165)
Bicycle TheftMorley Central (3)Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (5)
BurglaryChurwell (34)Morley Central (71)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (60)Morley Central (91)
DrugsMorley East (15)Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (24)
Other CrimeChurwell (19)Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (36)
Other TheftMorley East (57)Churwell (78)
Possession of WeaponsMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (6)Morley Central (10)
Public OrderMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (116)Churwell (145)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (4)Morley Central (7)
ShopliftingMorley East (3)Churwell (358)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Morley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (2)Churwell (15)
Vehicle CrimeMorley Bruntcliffe & Woodkirk (50)Churwell (68)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChurwell (280)Morley Central (538)

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 theft from the person during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Morley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%-50%-13%+43%+18%+22%+41%+28%-16%-5%
Bicycle Theft-----83%--+200%-50%-
Burglary-51%-38%-50%-19%+47%+57%-59%-76%-70%-9%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-31%-36%-3%-22%+26%+64%-21%+32%-30%
Drugs+50%-45%-40%+57%+25%-29%-+100%-29%+500%
Other Crime-67%-22%-38%-60%-25%---80%+157%+75%
Other Theft-33%-32%-51%-50%-44%-28%-43%--27%-38%
Possession of Weapons--+200%-50%-+33%-67%--25%-33%
Public Order+3%+29%+43%+10%+24%+9%-23%+9%-5%-7%
Robbery---+100%---50%+200%--50%
Shoplifting-34%-50%-75%-41%-61%-37%+4%-13%+19%-28%
Theft From the Person-83%--80%-20%-67%+100%---86%-33%
Vehicle Crime-9%+5%+25%-43%+36%-69%-22%+13%-54%-66%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-24%+1%-11%+63%+44%+22%+5%-1%-9%

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 the second most dangerous medium-sized town 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.

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