Barnsley Crime Overview

Barnsley is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in Yorkshire and The Humber, and the 36th most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Barnsley in 2020 was 78 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in Barnsley are violence and sexual offences, with 8,071 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 7,974 offences and a difference of 0.39 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Barnsley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 67 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 45% from 2019's figure of 97 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Barnsley This Year

 Barnsley
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour4,74619.23
Bicycle Theft670.27
Burglary1,3865.61
Criminal Damage and Arson2,57510.43
Drugs6262.54
Other Crime7703.12
Other Theft1,3525.48
Possession of Weapons2030.82
Public Order2,1998.91
Robbery1630.66
Shoplifting6982.83
Theft From the Person800.32
Vehicle Crime1,1024.46
Violence and Sexual Offences8,07132.69

Barnsley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36241819Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.480.390.27Safer
Burglary9776Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121210Safer
Drugs1.31.82.12.5Getting worse
Other Crime2.32.72.73.1Getting worse
Other Theft9985Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.710.890.82Getting worse
Public Order8899Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.810.660.770.66Safer
Shoplifting7752.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.720.530.32Safer
Vehicle Crime7674.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28323233Getting worse

Comparing Barnsley to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.509% safer
Sheffield73.996% safer
Kirklees74.235% safer
Croydon77.181.3% safer
Barnsley78.15-
Bradford79.191.3% more dangerous
London80.703.2% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0212% more dangerous
Bristol91.5715% more dangerous
Leeds91.9015% more dangerous
Leicester102.5124% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9426% more dangerous

Crime in Barnsley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barnsley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Barnsley saw a 150% increase in bicycle theft. Barnsley saw a large fall in bicycle theft during September, when it fell by 88% compared to September in 2019. Barnsley saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+22%+68%+36%+7%+38%+7%+7%+26%
Bicycle Theft--44%-36%-45%+14%-64%-88%+100%+150%
Burglary-5%-8%-42%-27%-47%-34%-41%+42%+26%
Criminal Damage and Arson--32%+1%-15%-4%+10%+37%-8%+23%
Drugs+14%-13%+59%+16%+103%+3%+27%+29%+21%
Other Crime-+20%+55%+76%+14%+13%+49%+2%+45%
Other Theft-18%-22%-50%-25%-13%-13%-21%-34%-25%
Possession of Weapons-6%-55%+50%-29%-19%-5%+21%-5%+67%
Public Order+3%+1%+65%+2%+20%+14%-2%-13%+14%
Robbery--27%--37%-32%-6%-28%+7%-35%
Shoplifting-24%-65%-70%-45%-26%-39%-38%-36%-53%
Theft From the Person+60%-71%-22%-31%-77%-67%-14%-64%-
Vehicle Crime-23%-54%-52%-46%-36%-49%-48%-25%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%-10%+14%+27%+20%+24%+13%-8%+6%

Barnsley's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Barnsley
Penistone46236117% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barnsley

What police force serves Barnsley?
Barnsley's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Barnsley?
Barnsley is among the top 5 most dangerous cities in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is Barnsley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barnsley are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Barnsley?
Barnsley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021