ASB and Fire

Anti-social behavior (ASB) is a collective term for a wide range of behaviours. Within Wakefield, statstics are created to monitor trends in ASB reported to the police, Council and WDH. Incidents include general nuisance behaviour, flytipping, graffiti, vandalism, noise nuisance and anti-social/illegal use of motorbikes, as well as other behaviours. In most years there is a strong seasonal pattern, with a marked drop in incidents in the autumn/winter months (Q3). The number of ASB incidents reported to local partners in 2016/17 fell 6% compared to the previous financial year.

ASB incidents reported to the police, Council and WDH, by quarter.


The trend in deliberately started secondary fires has been fairly stable over the past few years (see graph below). In 2016/17, the deliberate secondary fire rate in Wakefield district was slightly lower than the West Yorkshire average, but was still significantly higher than the rate seen across England as a whole These secondary fires are typically of wheelie bins, rubbish, grassland, derelict property, etc. Deliberate primary fires increased again in 2016/17, as did problems across West Yorkshire and England as a whole. Primary fires are generally more serious fires that harm people or cause damage to property. Primary fires are defined as fires that cause damage and meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • any fire that occurred in a (non-derelict) building, vehicle or (some) outdoor structures
  • any fire involving fatalities, casualties or rescues
  • any fire attended by five or more pumping appliances.

Deliberate fires. Source: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The trend in accidentally started fires has been fairly static in recent years but accidental primary fires rose in 2016/17. Typically, the accidental fire rates have been broadly in line with the West Yorkshire and England averages.

In 2016/17 there were three fire-related fatalities and 62 people injured, 20 of whom went to hospital. In 2015/16 there were two fire-related fatalities and 75 people injured, 46 of whom went to hospital.

Accidental fires. Source: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service