Pontefract Crime Overview

Pontefract is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Pontefract in 2020 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.5% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Pontefract is the 36th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 481st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Pontefract was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for other theft, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Pontefract residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Pontefract recorded 5 reports of theft from the person during February 2020, 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 1,364 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 1,571 offences and a difference of 6.78 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Pontefract's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 8% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Pontefract Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Pontefract This Year

 PontefractWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour77725.4448,24020.6819% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.391,7620.7695% safer
Burglary1324.3215,1026.4750% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson37112.1525,48710.9310% more dangerous
Drugs1113.638,3433.581.4% more dangerous
Other Crime862.826,6132.840.71% safer
Other Theft1735.6616,3707.0224% safer
Possession of Weapons190.622,1200.9147% safer
Public Order42713.9830,32813.007% more dangerous
Robbery180.592,4431.0578% safer
Shoplifting2056.7111,6474.9926% more dangerous
Theft From the Person220.722,0400.8721% safer
Vehicle Crime1364.4513,6605.8632% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,36444.66107,15745.942.9% safer

Pontefract Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kirkburton82531.59219% safer
Holme Valley1,43252.0593% safer
Pudsey2,44772.4739% safer
Brighouse2,66878.7628% safer
Pontefract3,076100.71-
Morley3,178103.772.9% more dangerous
Castleford5,173120.3916% more dangerous
Keighley6,835120.9117% more dangerous
Shipley3,522122.3818% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Pontefract

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Pontefract Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25262425Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.650.820.360.39Safer
Burglary7764.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141412Safer
Drugs1.72.32.53.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.83.12.8Getting worse
Other Theft9986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.950.590.62Safer
Public Order8141414Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.690.720.59Safer
Shoplifting812127Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.11.00.72Safer
Vehicle Crime91074.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35485145Safer

Changes In Pontefract's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Pontefract to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7149% safer
Coventry77.4130% safer
Croydon83.2221% safer
Sheffield85.8117% safer
Bristol86.2117% safer
Leicester97.443.4% safer
Pontefract100.71-
Birmingham102.872.1% more dangerous
Liverpool107.286% more dangerous
Bradford133.0224% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% more dangerous

Crime in Pontefract's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pontefract North East60766First
Pontefract South West30543Second

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%-8%-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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021