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Wakefield: Community Safety

There were 20,936 crimes recorded across the district in 2014/15. This is a rate of 64 offences per 1,000 population, very close to the England & Wales rate (63)

26% of people say there are problems with drug use and drug dealing in their local area (December 2015)

There were 527 deliberately started secondary fires in 2014/15. This is a rate of 16 fires per 10,000 population. The England rate is 9.4.


  • Crime can have a very negative impact on local communities and society as a whole, with areas of high crime becoming isolated. Significant progress has been made in Wakefield over the past decade to make the district a safer place to live. Reducing domestic abuse is a key priority and local people continue to rank anti-social behavior as the biggest problem in their local area.

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  • There were 22,448 crimes recorded by the police in the 12 months to the end of June 2015. This was a 7% increase on the total for the year to March. Most of this increase is due to stricter crime recording rules implemented towards the end of 2014. (ONS, 15th October 2015)

  • The latest data on proven re-offending shows 24.3% of adult offenders and 33.1% of juvenile offenders re-offend. Across England & Wales the rates are 25.4% and 37.9% respectively. (MoJ, 29th October 2015)
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