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Crime and Safety in Wakefield

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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.

Wakefield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, West Yorkshire

27% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

42% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Wakefield Crime Rate Over Time

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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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Historical Crime Rates for Wakefield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202113314,258
202011712,633
201912913,822
201812513,466
201710511,333
20169410,101

Crime in Wakefield Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wakefield This Year

 WakefieldWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,95818.2137,27115.98 12% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1151.071,8150.78 27% more dangerous
Burglary5475.0911,8695.090% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,24311.5625,78711.06 4.3% more dangerous
Drugs4043.767,8663.37 10% more dangerous
Other Crime2952.746,2402.68 2.2% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0509.7617,2507.40 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1040.972,1340.91 6% more dangerous
Public Order2,14119.9137,73016.18 19% more dangerous
Robbery1060.992,2520.97 2.0% more dangerous
Shoplifting9839.1412,8335.50 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1241.152,2220.95 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5144.7813,2225.67 19% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences6,63261.67122,10552.35 15% more dangerous

Wakefield Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield17,370101.1031% safer
Dewsbury8,239124.187% safer
Wakefield14,258132.58-
Halifax13,650146.9010% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wakefield

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Recent Crimes in Wakefield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillside CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grange StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Russell AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Doncaster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albion StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barrass YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Jumbles LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Dewsbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Brook StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bolus CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Snow Hill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Calder Island WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Monckton Road Industrial EstateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Holly CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wharncliffe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wakefield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23212318 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.40.881.1 Safer
Burglary9875 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121112 Safer
Drugs1.92.43.43.8 Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.73.02.7 Getting worse
Other Theft1210910 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.910.941.10.97 Getting worse
Public Order14151520 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.10.970.99 Getting worse
Shoplifting121199 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.80.981.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime6764.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51555162 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0898% safer
Croydon82.4861% safer
Sheffield90.0547% safer
Bristol90.5246% safer
Coventry102.2430% safer
Leicester111.5919% safer
Liverpool123.068% safer
Birmingham129.642.3% safer
Bradford132.280.23% safer
Wakefield132.58-
Leeds150.9412% 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, Alverthorpe & Flanshaw, Outwood West, and Sandal.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Agbrigg & Belle Isle1,389154Fourth
Alverthorpe & Flanshaw1,213125Seventh
Eastmoor1,068132Sixth
Lupset1,451141Fifth
Outwood West75595Eighth
Sandal34456Ninth
Thornes1,236204Second
Wakefield Central3,361386First
Wakefield St John's1,405174Third

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 (75)Wakefield Central (407)
Bicycle TheftLupset (4)Wakefield Central (34)
BurglaryLupset (25)Wakefield Central (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSandal (33)Wakefield Central (221)
DrugsOutwood West (11)Wakefield Central (143)
Other CrimeSandal (5)Wakefield St John's (57)
Other TheftSandal (15)Wakefield Central (233)
Possession of WeaponsAlverthorpe & Flanshaw (4)Wakefield Central (33)
Public OrderSandal (32)Wakefield Central (550)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Alverthorpe & Flanshaw (3)Wakefield Central (42)
ShopliftingLupset (2)Wakefield Central (504)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Sandal (1)Wakefield Central (62)
Vehicle CrimeLupset (34)Wakefield Central (80)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSandal (142)Wakefield Central (1,328)

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 burglary, other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%-33%+19%+28%+40%+30%+21%+12%+1%+8%
Bicycle Theft-58%-29%-46%-33%-71%-31%-52%+200%--71%
Burglary-21%-39%-7%-2%-23%-37%-60%-28%+32%-39%
Criminal Damage and Arson+4%-30%-40%-37%+5%+10%-11%-12%-4%-8%
Drugs+16%+132%+36%+20%+106%+32%-14%+63%+29%+15%
Other Crime+22%-14%+43%+4%+43%+46%-7%-46%-32%-3%
Other Theft-21%-28%-28%-27%-18%-4%-39%-8%-19%+57%
Possession of Weapons-+50%+56%+8%+38%+150%-11%--+33%
Public Order-22%-16%+9%+22%-21%+21%+4%+18%+5%+20%
Robbery-31%+25%-71%-45%-8%-13%-47%+140%-31%-11%
Shoplifting+31%-46%-47%-53%-42%-31%-31%-8%-27%-21%
Theft From the Person-18%-20%-50%-67%-52%-27%-32%-74%-91%-57%
Vehicle Crime+17%-45%-16%-38%-36%-20%-47%-27%-41%-61%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-19%-9%-19%-1%+13%-13%--16%-14%

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 most dangerous 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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