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Crime and Safety in Pontefract, West Yorkshire

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Pontefract is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Pontefract in 2021 was 119 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.9% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Pontefract is the 24th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 355th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Pontefract was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Pontefract residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Pontefract recorded 5 reports of theft from the person during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Pontefract are violence and sexual offences, with 1,666 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 55. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 1,364 offences and a difference of 9.89 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Pontefract's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 14 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 36% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Pontefract 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Yorkshire

18% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

36% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Pontefract is 18% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 36% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Pontefract Crime Rate Over Time

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Pontefract Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Pontefract 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 Pontefract

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211193,624
20201013,076
20191203,661
20181213,689
2017962,922
2016932,855

Crime in Pontefract Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Pontefract This Year

 PontefractWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour52217.0937,27115.98 6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft260.851,8150.78 8% more dangerous
Burglary1304.2611,8695.09 19% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson38212.5125,78711.06 12% more dangerous
Drugs642.107,8663.37 60% safer
Other Crime1013.316,2402.68 19% more dangerous
Other Theft1815.9317,2507.40 25% safer
Possession of Weapons140.462,1340.91 98% safer
Public Order58319.0937,73016.18 15% more dangerous
Robbery230.752,2520.97 29% safer
Shoplifting2999.7912,8335.50 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person351.152,2220.95 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1203.9313,2225.67 44% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,66654.55122,10552.35 4.0% more dangerous

Pontefract Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkburton1,23147.14152% safer
Holme Valley1,37850.09137% safer
Brighouse2,69479.5349% safer
Pudsey2,87385.0939% safer
Shipley3,361116.791.6% safer
Pontefract3,624118.66-
Keighley7,657135.4512% more dangerous
Morley4,365142.5417% more dangerous
Castleford6,218144.7118% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Pontefract

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Recent Crimes in Pontefract

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LimetreesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Keats CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill Dam LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thackray LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dulverton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Avens CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near South AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Black WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Back StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eastbourne CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Colonel'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bramble CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Horse FairInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Celandine CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lime Tree AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ackworth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ashleigh AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Northgate LodgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Pontefract Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26242517 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.820.360.390.85 Getting worse
Burglary764.34.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141213 Safer
Drugs2.32.53.62.1 Safer
Other Crime2.83.12.83.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9866 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.590.620.46 Safer
Public Order14141419 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.690.720.590.75 Getting worse
Shoplifting1212710 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.00.721.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime1074.43.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48524555 Getting worse

Changes In Pontefract's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Pontefract to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0877% safer
Croydon82.4844% safer
Sheffield90.0532% safer
Bristol90.5231% safer
Coventry102.2416% safer
Leicester111.596% safer
Pontefract118.66-
Liverpool123.063.6% more dangerous
Birmingham129.648% more dangerous
Bradford132.2810% more dangerous
Leeds150.9421% more dangerous

Crime in Pontefract's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pontefract North East73780First
Pontefract South West34749Second

Crime in Pontefract During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Pontefract change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Pontefract saw a 333% increase in drugs. Pontefract saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 85% compared to December in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Pontefract's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%-57%-30%+56%+22%-2%-6%+24%+4%-7%
Bicycle Theft--+100%--+100%----
Burglary+17%-60%-33%-56%+13%-52%-7%-15%-63%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-47%-7%-27%+10%-24%-13%+18%-53%-37%
Drugs+11%+333%+75%+200%+44%+167%-13%+25%-33%+38%
Other Crime-23%---20%-20%+40%-33%-18%+50%-67%
Other Theft+32%-77%-19%-22%-83%-39%+19%-13%-35%-60%
Possession of Weapons+100%-67%----+100%--+100%
Public Order--4%-7%+59%+16%+46%-5%-41%-26%-23%
Robbery+100%-+300%--33%-50%----
Shoplifting-30%-69%-35%-65%-38%-26%-20%-48%-59%-59%
Theft From the Person----57%--33%---50%-67%
Vehicle Crime+7%-28%-54%-64%-44%-8%-14%-71%-79%-85%
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%-7%-14%-26%-7%-16%-3%-39%-23%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Pontefract

What police force serves Pontefract?
Pontefract's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Pontefract?
Pontefract is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire.

What is Pontefract's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Pontefract are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Pontefract?
Pontefract's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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