Safer & Stronger

Safer & Stronger

Introduction

This chapter considers crime trends, the communities these most impact on and how Bradford District residents are contributing to the District as active citizens, both as individuals and collectively, tackling issues that affect their neighbourhoods and communities. The chapter also looks at how diverse communities get on together and where this varies across the District. An analysis of equalities issues is provided in the People and Place introductory chapter.

Crime

Total crime increased by 30% (an additional 11,780 offences) between 2014/15 and 2015/16. In 2015/16 there were 51,325 offences recorded by the Police.  This increase is largely due to stricter adherence to the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS), which means that all reported crime is now recorded, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary. Since April 2016 this increase in recorded crime has been slowing, for the year to 30th September 2016 there was a 22% increase compared to the same period the previous year. West Yorkshire Police conducted an analysis which suggests that, of the 15.4% increase for West Yorkshire the April – August 2016, 11.2% relates to improved compliance with NCRS, 0.4% relates to proactivity (drugs and offender management) and 3.9% relates to an increase in risk.  The offence types with increased risk are largely acquisitive crime (domestic burglary, vehicle crime, shoplifting and bicycle theft).

In 2015/16 burglary of dwellings increased by 26% (an additional 772 offences) however, unlike the figures for total recorded crime, the rate of increase has been continuing since April 2016. There was an increase of 31% for the 12 months to 30 September 2016 compared to the same period the previous year (an additional 1,003 offences).

Key messages

  • Overall crime levels in the District increased by 30% between 2014/15 and 2015/16. This is largely due to stricter adherence to the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS), which means that all reported crime is now recorded, unless there is compelling evidence to the contrary.
  • Reporting of hate crime and domestic abuse has improved compared to previous years.
  • Traffic issues and rubbish and litter lying around are the top anti-social behaviour related issues for residents in the District.
  • The total number of Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) casualties has fallen after a rise the previous year.
  • Satisfaction with local areas and identity with neighbourhoods is strong. Over 60% of the population agree that people from different backgrounds get on well together and 70% of Bradford District’s residents were satisfied with their local area as a place to live in.

External Links

Police.uk has information about the police force in your area. Look up emergency and non-emergency contact details, find out how well your force is performing compared with others, and explore maps of crime data.

 

Contact details

Understanding Bradford District
5th Floor, Britannia House
Hall Ings
Bradford
BD1 1HX

Phone : 01274 434565 - Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)
Email : observatory@bradford.gov.uk

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