Wakefield Crime Overview

Wakefield is the second safest major town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wakefield in 2020 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wakefield is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 315th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Wakefield was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Wakefield residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for shoplifting, recording 77 crimes at a rate of 0.72 per 1,000 residents. Wakefield recorded 51 reports of drugs during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst major town for drugs in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wakefield are violence and sexual offences, with 5,375 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 5,766 offences and a difference of 3.63 from 2019's crime rate of 54. Wakefield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 90 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 64% from 2019's figure of 148 crimes.

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Crime in Wakefield Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wakefield This Year

 WakefieldWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,39622.2848,24020.687% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft900.841,7620.7610% more dangerous
Burglary6596.1315,1026.476% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,17210.9025,48710.930.28% safer
Drugs3573.328,3433.588% safer
Other Crime3092.876,6132.841.0% more dangerous
Other Theft9088.4416,3707.0217% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1211.132,1200.9119% more dangerous
Public Order1,59414.8230,32813.0012% more dangerous
Robbery1030.962,4431.059% safer
Shoplifting9909.2111,6474.9946% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1040.972,0400.8710% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5845.4313,6605.868% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,37549.98107,15745.948% more dangerous

Wakefield Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield16,68997.1418% safer
Dewsbury8,166123.087% more dangerous
Halifax12,795137.6916% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wakefield

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Wakefield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24222022Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson11121211Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1111108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.710.890.931.1Getting worse
Public Order11141515Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.611.21.10.96Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime8675Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34505450Getting worse

Changes In Wakefield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wakefield's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Wakefield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Thornes Park3426-19181.8
Wrenthorpe Park21-3-1361.3

Comparing Wakefield to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7170% safer
Coventry77.4149% safer
Croydon83.2238% safer
Sheffield85.8134% safer
Bristol86.2133% safer
Leicester97.4418% safer
Birmingham102.8712% safer
Liverpool107.287% safer
Bradford133.0214% more dangerous
Leeds137.1016% more dangerous

Crime in Wakefield's Neighbourhoods

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, Eastmoor, Outwood West, and Sandal.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Agbrigg & Belle Isle1,235137Fourth
Alverthorpe & Flanshaw1,090112Sixth
Outwood West53367Eighth
Wakefield Central2,867329First
Wakefield St John's1,241154Third

Wakefield Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSandal (85)Wakefield Central (485)
Bicycle TheftOutwood West (1)Wakefield Central (24)
BurglaryOutwood West (19)Thornes (92)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSandal (30)Wakefield Central (200)
DrugsOutwood West (8)Wakefield Central (111)
Other CrimeSandal (6)Wakefield Central (53)
Other TheftSandal (28)Wakefield Central (206)
Possession of WeaponsSandal (2)Wakefield Central (37)
Public OrderSandal (45)Wakefield Central (377)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eastmoor (2)Wakefield Central (40)
ShopliftingLupset (2)Wakefield Central (571)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Outwood West (1)Wakefield Central (56)
Vehicle CrimeEastmoor (14)Wakefield Central (81)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSandal (112)Wakefield Central (1,018)

Crime in Wakefield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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 other theft, shoplifting, vehicle crime, and violence and sexual offences.

Anti-Social Behaviour-4%-36%+21%+24%+39%+25%+16%+11%-3%+5%
Bicycle Theft-55%-43%-54%-44%-71%-31%-57%+200%--71%
Criminal Damage and Arson--30%-39%-37%+5%+9%-12%-10%-3%-7%
Other Crime+17%-14%+43%-+43%+38%-8%-46%-33%+4%
Other Theft-18%-24%-26%-26%-18%-8%-38%-10%-19%+54%
Possession of Weapons-+50%+75%+8%+38%+150%-11%--20%+33%
Public Order-20%-14%+5%+22%-24%+21%+5%+16%+8%+18%
Theft From the Person-18%-11%-43%-67%-52%-27%-32%-74%-91%-57%
Vehicle Crime+19%-45%-7%-39%-38%-20%-47%-24%-42%-61%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-19%-9%-19%0%+15%-14%-2%-16%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wakefield

What police force serves Wakefield?
Wakefield's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Wakefield?
Wakefield is the second safest major town in West Yorkshire.
What is Wakefield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wakefield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Wakefield?
Wakefield's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021