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).

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


Deliberate secondary fires are typically of wheelie bins, rubbish, grassland, derelict property, etc. Rates tend to be higher in years with drier summers, and have been substantially higher than the England average for a long time. Deliberate 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.

The local deliberate primary fire rate tends to be below or similar to the West Yorkshire average, but higher than the England average.

Deliberate fires. Source: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The trend in accidentally started fires has been fairly static in recent years. The accidental dwelling fire rate was 31% lower than the England average in 2019/20.

Accidental fires. Source: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

In 2020/21 were three fire-related fatalities and 45 people injured, 16 of whom went to hospital.

Fire-related fatalities and casualties.