Knaresborough Crime Overview

Knaresborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 119th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Knaresborough in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 57% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Knaresborough is the 303rd safest small town, and the 3,817th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Knaresborough was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Knaresborough residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Knaresborough recorded 1 report of theft from the person during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for theft from the person in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Knaresborough are violence and sexual offences, with 272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 3.3% lower than 2019's figure of 281 offences and a difference of 0.59 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Knaresborough's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Knaresborough Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Knaresborough This Year

 KnaresboroughNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45729.7348,67141.7340% safer
Bicycle Theft50.331,2521.07224% safer
Burglary553.585,1654.4324% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson875.6611,0069.4467% safer
Drugs221.433,0872.6585% safer
Other Crime181.172,0451.7550% safer
Other Theft462.996,0695.2074% safer
Possession of Weapons40.267480.64146% safer
Public Order473.067,1326.11100% safer
Robbery10.075730.49600% safer
Shoplifting704.555,2944.540.22% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.333890.330% safer
Vehicle Crime392.543,7243.1926% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27217.6933,44728.6762% safer

Knaresborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haxby18722.3096% safer
Huntington22722.9390% safer
Ingleby Barwick71231.6638% safer
Sherburn in Elmet30538.8312% safer
Newby and Scalby41943.191.1% safer
Knaresborough67143.65-
Yarm41546.767% more dangerous
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske90047.228% more dangerous
Ripon77747.378% more dangerous
Norton-on-Derwent41348.9211% more dangerous
Skipton86156.1722% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Knaresborough

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Knaresborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25252230Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.850.590.33Safer
Burglary2.94.173.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6776Safer
Drugs1.41.11.51.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.851.21.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft4.34.14.23.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.200.460.26Safer
Public Order1.01.72.03.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)--0.330.07Safer
Shoplifting53.884.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.650.390.33Safer
Vehicle Crime1.7652.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11171818Getting worse

Changes In Knaresborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Knaresborough's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Knaresborough that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St John the Baptist's Church1----00.62

Comparing Knaresborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Knaresborough43.65-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Knaresborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Knaresborough Central41159First

Crime in Knaresborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Knaresborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Knaresborough saw a 600% increase in burglary. Knaresborough saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+107%+183%-5%-21%+13%+80%+68%+6%+20%
Bicycle Theft---+200%------
Burglary+600%-86%-89%-71%-+17%-50%-69%-70%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-40%-40%-38%-60%-17%+22%-25%-31%-10%
Drugs-67%+100%+200%-+100%---33%+300%-
Other Crime----33%+100%-----
Other Theft-20%-20%-83%-50%-40%-22%--33%--50%
Possession of Weapons---------+100%
Public Order+67%+400%+33%-33%-40%+125%--50%+33%-33%
Robbery-------50%---
Shoplifting-56%-71%+50%-11%+38%+167%-54%-70%-67%-82%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-75%--75%-57%-54%+133%-40%--43%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-37%-14%+9%+91%-8%+25%+5%+13%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Knaresborough

What police force serves Knaresborough?
Knaresborough's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Knaresborough?
Knaresborough is among the top 10 safest small towns in North Yorkshire.
What is Knaresborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Knaresborough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Knaresborough?
Knaresborough's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021