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Crime and Safety in Skipton

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Skipton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 63rd most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Skipton in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Skipton is the 399th most dangerous small town, and the 2,476th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Skipton was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Skipton residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Skipton recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for possession of weapons in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Skipton are violence and sexual offences, with 426 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 370 offences and a difference of 3.65 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Skipton's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 40% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Skipton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, North Yorkshire

70% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

34% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Skipton is 70% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 34% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Skipton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Skipton 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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Historical Crime Rates for Skipton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202157877
202056861
201961929
201862955
201754825
201659911

Crime in Skipton Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Skipton This Year

 SkiptonNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44729.1639,79734.12 17% safer
Bicycle Theft60.391,3371.15 195% safer
Burglary301.964,4883.85 96% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1066.9111,6409.98 44% safer
Drugs473.073,0422.61 15% more dangerous
Other Crime110.721,9231.65 129% safer
Other Theft593.856,1465.27 37% safer
Possession of Weapons70.466800.58 26% safer
Public Order1046.789,3398.01 18% safer
Robbery50.337130.61 85% safer
Shoplifting523.395,9025.06 49% safer
Theft From the Person80.524280.37 29% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime161.043,5243.02 190% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42627.7939,12033.54 21% safer

Skipton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Newby and Scalby46648.0419% safer
Yarm45050.7013% safer
Ripon88353.836% safer
Saltburn, Marske and New Marske1,03054.056% safer
Norton-on-Derwent47055.672.8% safer
Skipton87757.21-
Richmond49959.563.9% more dangerous
Guisborough1,34172.1521% more dangerous
Skelton and Brotton1,03277.9427% more dangerous
Whitby1,03278.5227% more dangerous
Loftus68186.8834% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Skipton

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Recent Crimes in Skipton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Burnside AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Brooklands TerraceAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Broughton CrescentOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tufton PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Raikeswood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rombalds DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinhaw RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bold Venture StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burnside AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near White Hills CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Otley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crossley PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Granville StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Skipton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40253929 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.590.261.30.39 Safer
Burglary74.43.52.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9667 Safer
Drugs1.72.44.43.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.981.60.72 Safer
Other Theft65.03.53.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.200.520.46 Getting worse
Public Order2.94.457 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.070.200.33 Getting worse
Shoplifting773.93.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.00.460.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.93.61.21.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21262428 Getting 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 2021.

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
Skipton57.21-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0536% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0654% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Skipton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Skipton South50273First
Skipton Town & East31947Second

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+65%+124%+130%+50%+73%+90%+19%+108%+18%
Bicycle Theft------+400%+100%--
Burglary-80%-+20%+100%-80%-14%-33%---54%
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%--50%+67%+30%+10%+100%+14%+40%-22%
Drugs+133%+250%+100%+60%+600%-67%-+50%+60%-20%
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%
Shoplifting+50%-57%--40%-78%-73%-70%-84%-83%-57%
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).

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