Wakefield is the second most dangerous major 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 Wakefield in 2021 was 133 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 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wakefield is among the top 10 most dangerous major town, and the 252nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In December 2021, Wakefield was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Wakefield residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 73 crimes at a rate of 0.68 per 1,000 residents. Wakefield recorded 30 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst major town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.
The most common crimes in Wakefield are violence and sexual offences, with 6,632 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 5,468 offences and a difference of 10.83 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Wakefield's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 104 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 18% from 2020's figure of 123 crimes.
Second Most Dangerous
Major Towns, West Yorkshire
27% higher, regional crime rate
Yorkshire and The Humber
42% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Wakefield is 27% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 42% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
|Yorkshire and The Humber|
|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Wakefield 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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,958||18.21||37,271||15.98||12% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||115||1.07||1,815||0.78||27% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||1,243||11.56||25,787||11.06||4.3% more dangerous|
|Drugs||404||3.76||7,866||3.37||10% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||295||2.74||6,240||2.68||2.2% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||1,050||9.76||17,250||7.40||24% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||104||0.97||2,134||0.91||6% more dangerous|
|Public Order||2,141||19.91||37,730||16.18||19% more dangerous|
|Robbery||106||0.99||2,252||0.97||2.0% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||983||9.14||12,833||5.50||40% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||124||1.15||2,222||0.95||17% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||514||4.78||13,222||5.67||19% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||6,632||61.67||122,105||52.35||15% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Hillside Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Grange Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Russell Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Robbery||On or near Doncaster Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Albion Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Barrass Yard||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Bus/Coach Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Jumbles Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other crime||On or near Dewsbury Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Pedestrian Subway||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near Brook Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Bolus Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Snow Hill Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Calder Island Way||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Monckton Road Industrial Estate||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Supermarket||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Parking Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Holly Court||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Wharncliffe Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||12||12||11||12||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.8||2.7||3.0||2.7||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.91||0.94||1.1||0.97||Getting worse|
|Public Order||14||15||15||20||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.2||1.1||0.97||0.99||Getting worse|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.5||1.8||0.98||1.2||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||51||55||51||62||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Wakefield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
Wakefield Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Wakefield, followed by Thornes in second place, and Wakefield St John's as the third most dangerous area. Wakefield's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Alverthorpe & Flanshaw, Outwood West, and Sandal.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Agbrigg & Belle Isle||1,389||154||Fourth|
|Alverthorpe & Flanshaw||1,213||125||Seventh|
|Wakefield St John's||1,405||174||Third|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Wakefield for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Sandal (75)||Wakefield Central (407)|
|Bicycle Theft||Lupset (4)||Wakefield Central (34)|
|Burglary||Lupset (25)||Wakefield Central (91)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Sandal (33)||Wakefield Central (221)|
|Drugs||Outwood West (11)||Wakefield Central (143)|
|Other Crime||Sandal (5)||Wakefield St John's (57)|
|Other Theft||Sandal (15)||Wakefield Central (233)|
|Possession of Weapons||Alverthorpe & Flanshaw (4)||Wakefield Central (33)|
|Public Order||Sandal (32)||Wakefield Central (550)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Alverthorpe & Flanshaw (3)||Wakefield Central (42)|
|Shoplifting||Lupset (2)||Wakefield Central (504)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Sandal (1)||Wakefield Central (62)|
|Vehicle Crime||Lupset (34)||Wakefield Central (80)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Sandal (142)||Wakefield Central (1,328)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wakefield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Wakefield saw a 200% increase in bicycle theft. Wakefield saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 91% compared to November in 2019. Wakefield saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||+4%||-30%||-40%||-37%||+5%||+10%||-11%||-12%||-4%||-8%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||+50%||+56%||+8%||+38%||+150%||-11%||-||-||+33%|
|Theft From the Person||-18%||-20%||-50%||-67%||-52%||-27%||-32%||-74%||-91%||-57%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-11%||-19%||-9%||-19%||-1%||+13%||-13%||-||-16%||-14%|