Selby Crime Overview

Selby is the most dangerous small town in North Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Selby in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Selby is the 66th most dangerous small town, and the 566th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Selby was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Selby residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Selby recorded 10 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.58 the worst small town for drugs in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Selby are violence and sexual offences, with 762 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 708 offences and a difference of 3.12 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Selby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1150% from 2019's figure of 25 crimes.

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Crime in Selby Compared To North Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Selby This Year

 SelbyNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour92753.5948,67141.7322% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft271.561,2521.0731% more dangerous
Burglary734.225,1654.435.0% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1699.7711,0069.443.4% more dangerous
Drugs714.103,0872.6535% more dangerous
Other Crime321.852,0451.755% more dangerous
Other Theft965.556,0695.206% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.647480.640% safer
Public Order1498.617,1326.1129% more dangerous
Robbery120.695730.4929% more dangerous
Shoplifting20611.915,2944.5462% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.123890.33175% safer
Vehicle Crime573.293,7243.193.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences76244.0533,44728.6735% more dangerous

Selby Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Guisborough1,24266.8244% safer
Whitby90168.5541% safer
Skelton and Brotton1,02577.4124% safer
Loftus65984.0815% safer
Northallerton95186.2712% safer
Selby1,66796.36-

Crime Over Time in Selby

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Selby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour71544454Safer
Bicycle Theft2.02.42.51.6Safer
Burglary4.64.364.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14151110Safer
Drugs2.12.62.44.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.11.41.8Getting worse
Other Theft10986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.690.690.64Safer
Public Order3.2569Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.810.750.690.69Safer
Shoplifting16161512Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.01.40.12Safer
Vehicle Crime64.73.83.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30384144Getting worse

Changes In Selby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Selby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% safer
Coventry77.4124% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8112% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Selby96.36-
Leicester97.441.1% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Selby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Selby Town1,549115First
Selby West26941Second

Crime in Selby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Selby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Selby saw a 400% increase in drugs. Selby saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+33%+20%+30%-14%+34%+14%+49%+47%+77%
Bicycle Theft--50%--83%-67%-50%+33%-67%-50%+150%
Burglary-63%-84%-75%--11%-33%-50%-9%+75%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-58%-17%-50%--39%+143%+54%+36%+70%-37%
Drugs--25%+400%+200%+200%+17%+150%+100%-25%-33%
Other Crime--67%---60%--67%-+100%+100%
Other Theft+33%-55%-71%-25%-17%-81%--26%-44%-38%
Possession of Weapons----+100%-50%+100%-50%--
Public Order+25%+22%-20%+21%+33%-6%+17%+267%+38%-30%
Robbery------+200%+100%--
Shoplifting+19%-88%-14%-54%-15%-9%-7%-39%-6%+8%
Theft From the Person------80%-80%---
Vehicle Crime-60%-57%-33%-71%+75%-60%+75%-20%-20%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+26%-12%-30%+40%+34%+3%+6%+7%--23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Selby

What police force serves Selby?
Selby's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Selby?
Selby is the most dangerous small town in North Yorkshire.
What is Selby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Selby are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Selby?
Selby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021