Crime and Safety in Ripon

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Ripon is among the top 10 safest small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 80th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ripon in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ripon is the 385th safest small town, and the 2,842nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Ripon was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.67 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Ripon residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Ripon recorded 1 report of robbery during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for robbery in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ripon are violence and sexual offences, with 411 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 334 offences and a difference of 4.69 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Ripon's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Ripon 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, North Yorkshire

80% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ripon is 80% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ripon Crime Rate Over Time

Yorkshire and The Humber
England, Wales & NI

Ripon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ripon represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Crime in Ripon Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ripon This Year

 RiponNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour59336.1539,79734.12 6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.371,3371.15 211% safer
Burglary422.564,4883.85 50% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1378.3511,6409.98 20% safer
Drugs271.653,0422.61 58% safer
Other Crime140.851,9231.65 94% safer
Other Theft694.216,1465.27 25% safer
Possession of Weapons60.376800.58 57% safer
Public Order734.459,3398.01 80% safer
Robbery100.617130.610% safer
Shoplifting623.785,9025.06 34% safer
Theft From the Person30.184280.37 106% safer
Vehicle Crime231.403,5243.02 116% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41125.0539,12033.54 34% safer

Ripon Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ingleby Barwick84137.3944% safer
Sherburn in Elmet30839.2237% safer
Knaresborough64541.9628% safer
Newby and Scalby46648.0412% safer
Yarm45050.706% safer
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske1,03054.050.41% more dangerous
Norton-on-Derwent47055.673.3% more dangerous
Skipton87757.216% more dangerous
Richmond49959.5610% more dangerous
Guisborough1,34172.1525% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ripon

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Recent Crimes in Ripon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash Bank CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wellington StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Long MeadowsOffender given a caution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Minster RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Holmfield CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near BondgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near StonebridgegateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near BondgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Old Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near FordgreenFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash Bank AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kingstonia PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near King Edward RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Long MeadowsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SkellbankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ripon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour36323936 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.490.490.37 Safer
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8898 Safer
Drugs0.981.82.01.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.80.370.85 Safer
Other Theft4.762.64.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.370.490.37 Getting worse
Public Order2. Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.430.430.61 Getting worse
Shoplifting884.03.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.370.300.18 Safer
Vehicle Crime2. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212025 Getting worse

Changes In Ripon's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ripon's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ripon that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hell Wath Playground3----00.72

Comparing Ripon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Ripon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ripon North & West22837Second
Ripon South & East65564First

Crime in Ripon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ripon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Ripon saw a 200% increase in burglary. Ripon saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+21%+23%-33%+4%+37%+57%+60%+97%+66%
Bicycle Theft--50%--+100%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-60%-13%-50%-31%+29%+58%+15%+64%-17%
Other Crime---67%-50%-83%-33%---67%-
Other Theft-29%-82%-90%-25%-33%-78%-40%-80%-33%-60%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-83%-50%-25%-25%-33%-17%+125%-60%-67%+150%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+50%+100%-+33%-+25%+200%-+33%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+14%-26%-19%+3%+8%--8%+50%-51%+37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ripon

What police force serves Ripon?
Ripon's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Ripon?
Ripon is among the top 10 safest small town in North Yorkshire.

What is Ripon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ripon are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Ripon?
Ripon's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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