Shipley Crime Overview

Shipley is the most dangerous medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shipley in 2020 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shipley is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 251st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Shipley was the worst medium-sized town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Shipley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Shipley recorded 45 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2020, making its crime rate of 1.6 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Shipley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,453 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 4.7% lower than 2019's figure of 1,521 offences and a difference of 2.36 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Shipley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 21 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 76% from 2019's figure of 37 crimes.

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Crime in Shipley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Shipley This Year

 ShipleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour68123.6648,24020.6813% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft301.041,7620.7627% more dangerous
Burglary33311.5715,1026.4744% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson40314.0025,48710.9322% more dangerous
Drugs1154.008,3433.5810% more dangerous
Other Crime963.346,6132.8415% more dangerous
Other Theft2016.9816,3707.020.57% safer
Possession of Weapons351.222,1200.9125% more dangerous
Public Order49717.2730,32813.0025% more dangerous
Robbery250.872,4431.0521% safer
Shoplifting1445.0011,6474.990.20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person210.732,0400.8719% safer
Vehicle Crime1695.8713,6605.860.17% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,45350.49107,15745.949% more dangerous

Shipley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brighouse2,66878.7655% safer
Pontefract3,076100.7122% safer
Morley3,178103.7718% safer
Castleford5,173120.391.7% safer
Keighley6,835120.911.2% safer

Crime Over Time in Shipley

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Shipley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour33222324Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.00.631.0Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson16131514Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime3.
Other Theft1312117Safer
Possession of Weapons0.561.01.11.2Getting worse
Public Order9131717Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime131196Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35465350Getting worse

Changes In Shipley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shipley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7181% safer
Coventry77.4158% safer
Croydon83.2247% safer
Sheffield85.8143% safer
Bristol86.2142% safer
Leicester97.4426% safer
Birmingham102.8719% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Shipley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Frizinghall & Heaton Grove71193Third
Saltaire & Baildon West73683Fourth
Shipley Town1,598217First

Shipley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSaltaire & Baildon West (133)Shipley Town (278)
Bicycle TheftWindhill (4)Shipley Town (17)
BurglaryFrizinghall & Heaton Grove (50)Shipley Town (140)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSaltaire & Baildon West (63)Shipley Town (172)
DrugsSaltaire & Baildon West (23)Shipley Town (48)
Other CrimeSaltaire & Baildon West (15)Shipley Town (40)
Other TheftFrizinghall & Heaton Grove (36)Shipley Town (79)
Possession of WeaponsFrizinghall & Heaton Grove (3)Shipley Town (23)
Public OrderSaltaire & Baildon West (104)Shipley Town (244)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Saltaire & Baildon West (5)Shipley Town (11)
ShopliftingSaltaire & Baildon West (8)Shipley Town (133)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Saltaire & Baildon West (2)Shipley Town (14)
Vehicle CrimeFrizinghall & Heaton Grove (33)Shipley Town (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSaltaire & Baildon West (324)Shipley Town (618)

Crime in Shipley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shipley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Shipley saw a 500% increase in bicycle theft. Shipley saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019. Rates of other theft and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Shipley's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+33%-18%+42%+5%-1%-19%+25%-15%-24%-16%
Bicycle Theft+500%+200%+300%+100%-+200%-75%--75%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%+4%+3%-24%-24%+10%-25%-28%-13%-33%
Other Crime-31%+167%+200%--8%-10%--50%-60%-55%
Other Theft-63%+10%-27%-8%-33%-32%-38%-16%-33%-48%
Possession of Weapons-67%--20%+50%+400%-67%+500%-25%--
Public Order+71%-5%-9%+21%-12%+123%--22%-16%-38%
Theft From the Person-33%-75%---60%--33%-80%+50%-
Vehicle Crime+4%-57%-54%-32%-71%-62%-46%-48%-47%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-11%-7%-12%-19%-19%+4%-18%-1%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shipley

What police force serves Shipley?
Shipley's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Shipley?
Shipley is the most dangerous medium-sized town in West Yorkshire.
What is Shipley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Shipley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Shipley?
Shipley's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021