Skipton Crime Overview

Skipton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 65th most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skipton in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Skipton is the 372nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,417th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Skipton was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.72 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Skipton residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.52 per 1,000 residents. Skipton recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for bicycle theft in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Skipton are violence and sexual offences, with 370 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 397 offences and a difference of 1.76 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Skipton's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 67% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Skipton Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Skipton This Year

 SkiptonNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60039.1448,67141.737% safer
Bicycle Theft201.301,2521.0718% more dangerous
Burglary533.465,1654.4328% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson946.1311,0069.4454% safer
Drugs684.443,0872.6540% more dangerous
Other Crime241.572,0451.7511% safer
Other Theft533.466,0695.2050% safer
Possession of Weapons80.527480.6423% safer
Public Order825.357,1326.1114% safer
Robbery30.205730.49145% safer
Shoplifting603.915,2944.5416% safer
Theft From the Person70.463890.3328% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime191.243,7243.19157% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37024.1433,44728.6719% safer

Skipton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Knaresborough67143.6529% safer
Yarm41546.7620% safer
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske90047.2219% safer
Ripon77747.3719% safer
Norton-on-Derwent41348.9215% safer
Richmond47156.220.09% more dangerous
Guisborough1,24266.8216% more dangerous
Whitby90168.5518% more dangerous
Skelton and Brotton1,02577.4127% more dangerous
Loftus65984.0833% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Skipton

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Skipton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38402539Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.720.590.261.3Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7966Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime0.851.40.981.6Getting worse
Other Theft665.03.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.200.200.52Getting worse
Public Order2.72.94.45Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences17212624Getting worse

Changes In Skipton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Skipton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Deman Stadium-----10.69
Raikes Road Recreation Ground----212.5

Comparing Skipton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7117% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Skipton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skipton South50673First
Skipton Town & East31046Second

Crime in Skipton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Skipton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Skipton saw a 600% increase in drugs. Skipton saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 84% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+65%+124%+130%+50%+73%+90%+19%+108%+18%
Bicycle Theft------+400%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%--50%+67%+30%+10%+100%+14%+40%-22%
Other Crime--+150%-+300%--50%--25%-
Other Theft-17%-71%-67%-33%-17%--33%-43%-50%+50%
Public Order-63%-78%-+350%+43%+300%+63%+100%+40%+75%
Theft From the Person------+100%---
Vehicle Crime-25%-67%---60%--67%---
Violence and Sexual Offences+90%-21%-13%-39%+3%+11%-13%--35%-53%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Skipton

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021