Community Safety

The overall crime rate in the Wakefield district is currently around 30% higher than the England and Wales average. The number of crimes being recorded in the district has grown significantly over the past couple of years (see graph below), in part because adherence to crime recording standards has been improved.

Source: ONS Recorded Crime Data (LG Inform API).

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The proportion of young offenders who re-offend is currently lower than the national average. Adult re-offending rates tend to change gradually, and have been very close to the national re-offending rate for some time (see charts below).

Proven re-offending, 12 months to March. Source: Ministry of Justice

Hate Crime

There were 922 hate incidents reported to the police in 2018, with the majority being racial incidents (see table below). This represented a 36% increase on the 2017 total.

Hate incidents reported to the police.

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