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 grew significantly over the past few years (in part because adherence to crime recording standards has been improved), but have fallen again during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have nationally.

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

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COVID-19 NOTE: Proven reoffences are measured over a one-year follow-up period and a further six-month waiting period to allow for offences to be proven in court. For the July to September 2019 offender cohort (as well as the previous cohort), it is worth noting therefore that both the follow-up and waiting periods overlap with the phase when operational restrictions were implemented following the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Hate Crime

There were 944 hate incidents reported to the police in 2018, with the majority being racial incidents (see table below).

Hate incidents reported to the police.

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