Whitby Crime Overview

Whitby is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitby in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 0.03% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitby is the 208th most dangerous small town, and the 1,496th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Whitby was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for drugs, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.91 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Whitby residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 29 crimes at a rate of 2.2 per 1,000 residents. Whitby recorded 13 reports of public order during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.99 the worst small town for public order in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Whitby are violence and sexual offences, with 441 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 3.4% lower than 2019's figure of 456 offences and a difference of 1.15 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Whitby's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Whitby Compared To North Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Whitby This Year

 WhitbyNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour77558.9748,67141.7329% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.081,2521.071238% safer
Burglary382.895,1654.4353% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13810.5011,0069.4410% more dangerous
Drugs382.893,0872.658% more dangerous
Other Crime171.292,0451.7536% safer
Other Theft624.726,0695.2010% safer
Possession of Weapons60.467480.6439% safer
Public Order876.627,1326.118% more dangerous
Robbery40.305730.4963% safer
Shoplifting322.435,2944.5487% safer
Theft From the Person110.843890.3361% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime261.983,7243.1961% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44133.5533,44728.6715% more dangerous

Whitby Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ripon77747.3745% safer
Norton-on-Derwent41348.9240% safer
Skipton86156.1722% safer
Richmond47156.2222% safer
Guisborough1,24266.822.6% safer
Whitby90168.55-
Skelton and Brotton1,02577.4111% more dangerous
Loftus65984.0818% more dangerous
Northallerton95186.2721% more dangerous
Selby1,66796.3629% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitby

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Whitby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour60483459Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.300.760.380.08Safer
Burglary4.03.63.42.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011910Getting worse
Drugs4.23.72.62.9Safer
Other Crime1.31.41.91.3Safer
Other Theft7864.7Safer
Possession of Weapons1.40.840.680.46Safer
Public Order3.34.167Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.380.460.30Safer
Shoplifting3.9652.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.840.530.84Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.61.83.42.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29323534Getting worse

Changes In Whitby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.2% safer
Whitby68.55-
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Whitby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitby South & East39964Second
Whitby West50272First

Crime in Whitby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Whitby saw a 600% increase in burglary. Whitby saw a large fall in shoplifting during December, when it fell by 89% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+114%+243%+230%+40%+7%+65%+67%+220%+97%
Burglary+600%+33%-67%-67%-69%---86%+100%+500%
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%+222%-33%+10%-11%-13%-17%+38%-59%+13%
Drugs+50%+25%-67%-+100%-50%-+150%-33%+500%
Other Crime+50%--+100%---80%---50%
Other Theft+25%-29%-14%-+120%-60%-67%-17%-33%-56%
Possession of Weapons--+100%------50%-
Public Order+22%-63%+100%-56%-20%+8%--33%+225%-40%
Shoplifting---88%--40%-70%+33%--75%-89%
Theft From the Person-----+150%----
Vehicle Crime+600%-50%-83%--67%--40%-20%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-21%-+21%+30%+16%+12%+3%-59%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitby

What police force serves Whitby?
Whitby's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Whitby?
Whitby is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in North Yorkshire.
What is Whitby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Whitby are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Whitby?
Whitby's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021