York Crime Overview

York is the safest city in Yorkshire and The Humber, and among the top 20 safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in York in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people.

In March 2016, York had the worst crime rate in Yorkshire and The Humber for bicycle theft, with 100 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in York are violence and sexual offences, with 3,409 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 4,020 offences and a difference of 2.90 from 2019's crime rate of 19. York's least common crime is theft from the person, with 64 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 252% from 2019's figure of 225 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in York This Year

 York
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,80027.54
Bicycle Theft4252.02
Burglary3461.64
Criminal Damage and Arson9164.35
Drugs3671.74
Other Crime1370.65
Other Theft5752.73
Possession of Weapons740.35
Public Order7553.58
Robbery700.33
Shoplifting7133.39
Theft From the Person640.30
Vehicle Crime3391.61
Violence and Sexual Offences3,40916.19

York Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30302528Safer
Bicycle Theft3.13.22.82.0Safer
Burglary3.23.23.11.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6664.4Safer
Drugs1.92.02.01.7Safer
Other Crime0.570.690.750.65Safer
Other Theft4.24.94.82.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.300.350.35Getting worse
Public Order1.73.03.83.6Getting worse
Robbery0.230.350.340.33Getting worse
Shoplifting6563.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.700.991.10.30Safer
Vehicle Crime2.12.01.91.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13171916Safer

Comparing York to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
York38.89-
Coventry71.5046% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9947% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2348% more dangerous
Croydon77.1850% more dangerous
Bradford79.1951% more dangerous
London80.7052% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0256% more dangerous
Bristol91.5758% more dangerous
Leeds91.9058% more dangerous
Leicester102.5162% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9463% more dangerous

Crime in York During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in York change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when York saw a 200% increase in possession of weapons. York saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 90% compared to May in 2019. York saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+52%+37%+28%+25%+15%+13%+55%+28%
Bicycle Theft+14%-40%-15%+25%-36%-65%-17%-65%+16%
Burglary-62%-59%-26%-33%-48%-47%-44%-61%-58%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-50%-31%-43%-26%+26%+15%+43%-
Drugs-27%-15%+6%+16%-15%+10%-20%--11%
Other Crime+40%-10%--42%+13%-50%+60%+78%+38%
Other Theft-42%-66%-43%-36%-43%-46%-29%-36%-59%
Possession of Weapons-20%--25%-13%-14%+200%-11%+50%+14%
Public Order+20%-8%+27%-6%-6%-14%+2%+38%-26%
Robbery-46%+17%+133%-20%-+33%+100%-18%-20%
Shoplifting-36%-71%-56%-62%-52%-43%-23%-33%-13%
Theft From the Person-44%--90%-84%-82%-78%-64%-89%-
Vehicle Crime+159%-+9%-18%-57%-53%+12%-38%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-37%-16%+4%+9%-3%-6%+1%-20%

York's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from York
Haxby1672095% safer
Huntington5095124% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in York

What police force serves York?
York's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is York?
York is the safest city in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is York's most common crime?
The most common crimes in York are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in York?
York's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021