Ripon Crime Overview

Ripon is among the top 10 safest small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 97th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ripon in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 45% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ripon is the 363rd safest small town, and the 3,345th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Ripon was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Ripon residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Ripon recorded 4 reports of robbery during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for robbery in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ripon are violence and sexual offences, with 334 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 3.6% lower than 2019's figure of 346 offences and a difference of 0.73 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Ripon's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Ripon Compared To North Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Ripon This Year

 RiponNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour64639.3848,67141.736% safer
Bicycle Theft80.491,2521.07118% safer
Burglary362.195,1654.43102% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1418.6011,0069.4410% safer
Drugs321.953,0872.6536% safer
Other Crime60.372,0451.75373% safer
Other Theft432.626,0695.2098% safer
Possession of Weapons80.497480.6431% safer
Public Order543.297,1326.1186% safer
Robbery70.435730.4914% safer
Shoplifting664.025,2944.5413% safer
Theft From the Person50.303890.3310% safer
Vehicle Crime372.263,7243.1941% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33420.3633,44728.6741% safer

Ripon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sherburn in Elmet30538.8322% safer
Newby and Scalby41943.1910% safer
Knaresborough67143.659% safer
Yarm41546.761.3% safer
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske90047.220.32% safer
Ripon77747.37-
Norton-on-Derwent41348.923.2% more dangerous
Skipton86156.1716% more dangerous
Richmond47156.2216% more dangerous
Guisborough1,24266.8229% more dangerous
Whitby90168.5531% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ripon

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Ripon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48363239Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.60.490.490.49Safer
Burglary4.83.24.42.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12889Safer
Drugs1.20.981.82.0Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.31.80.37Safer
Other Theft64.762.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.300.370.49Getting worse
Public Order1.72.73.53.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.180.430.43Getting worse
Shoplifting6884.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.850.370.30Safer
Vehicle Crime3.22.41.82.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15162120Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Ripon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ripon47.37-
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Ripon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ripon North & West20533Second
Ripon South & East57256First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+21%+23%-33%+4%+37%+57%+60%+97%+66%
Bicycle Theft--50%--+100%-----
Burglary--80%-75%+50%-71%-+200%---33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-60%-13%-50%-31%+29%+58%+15%+64%-17%
Drugs+200%+200%-+67%--+50%+200%--60%
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%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+20%-91%-88%-55%-56%-62%--50%+33%+40%
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 towns 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021