Crime

The rate of low-level violence (violence against the person without injury) is significantly higher than the regional average at the moment. The rate of violence with injury is slightly higher than the regional rate, but problems such as domestic burglary and robbery rates have been lower than average over the past year (see table below).

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Recorded crime rates, 12 months to the end of . Source: ONS (LG Inform API)

Burglary

Domestic burglary (burglary dwelling) has fallen over the past five years, although stricter adherence to crime recording rules has led the offence rate increasing over the past couple of years. The rate of other types of burglary (e.g. of businesses, schools, shed and garages) is slightly higher than the regional average, but has been falling steadily over the past five years.

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

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

Vehicle crime

These offences include thefts of vehicles; thefts from vehicles; and offences where a vehicle has been interfered with in an attempt to steal the vehicle or its contents. The number of offences has increased over the past year, as they have across the region as a whole. Combined with burglar and robbery, serious acquisitive crime is a key priority for the Wakefield district Community Safety Partnership.

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

Violent crime

Violence against the person with injury has increased over the past couple of years, and the offence rate is currently around 16% higher than the regional rate. Some of the increases have been due to improved adherence to crime recording rules, but this type of offence is another key priority of the Wakefield district Community Safety Partnership.

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

Other Resources

Counting rules for recorded crime
Home Office documents detailing the rules that help to ensure that crimes are recorded consistently and accurately.
A Community Safety Plan for Wakefield 2017 - 2019
Plan setting out the priorities for the Wakefield district Community Safety Partnership and details of how they will lead on the district Outcomes Framework objectives to ensure reductions in ‘priority’ crimes and that the most vulnerable are protected.
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