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Crime and Safety in Whitby

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Whitby is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in North Yorkshire, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitby in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.6% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitby is the 187th most dangerous small town, and the 1,165th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Whitby was the worst small town in North Yorkshire for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Whitby residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Whitby recorded 2 reports of robbery during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst small town for robbery in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Whitby are violence and sexual offences, with 554 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 441 offences and a difference of 8.60 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Whitby's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Whitby 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, North Yorkshire

24% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

2.6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitby is 24% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 2.6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitby Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Whitby 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 Whitby

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021791,032
202069901
201975983
201874978
201769909
201663831

Crime in Whitby Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Whitby This Year

 WhitbyNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour66450.5239,79734.12 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.081,3371.15 1338% safer
Burglary181.374,4883.85 181% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1209.1311,6409.98 9% safer
Drugs453.423,0422.61 24% more dangerous
Other Crime171.291,9231.65 28% safer
Other Theft644.876,1465.27 8% safer
Possession of Weapons70.536800.58 9% safer
Public Order1158.759,3398.01 8% more dangerous
Robbery60.467130.61 33% safer
Shoplifting503.805,9025.06 33% safer
Theft From the Person110.844280.37 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime241.833,5243.02 65% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences55442.1539,12033.54 20% more dangerous

Whitby Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Norton-on-Derwent47055.6741% safer
Skipton87757.2137% safer
Richmond49959.5632% safer
Guisborough1,34172.159% safer
Skelton and Brotton1,03277.940.74% safer
Whitby1,03278.52-
Loftus68186.8810% more dangerous
Selby1,69597.9820% more dangerous
Northallerton1,212109.9529% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitby

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Recent Crimes in Whitby

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Princess PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Peter'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Runswick AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Hilda'S GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near BagdaleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cholmley WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near EsplanadeUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Windsor CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dundas GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FlowergateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albion PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Westbourne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Gledhill DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talbot CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Priory DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dundas GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Whitby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48345951 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.760.380.080.08 Safer
Burglary3.63.42.91.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson119109 Safer
Drugs3.72.62.93.4 Safer
Other Crime1.41.91.31.3 Safer
Other Theft864.74.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.680.460.53 Safer
Public Order4.1679 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.380.460.300.46 Getting worse
Shoplifting652.43.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.530.840.84 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.83.42.01.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32353442 Getting worse

Changes In Whitby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0817% safer
Whitby78.52-
Croydon82.484.8% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0513% more dangerous
Bristol90.5213% more dangerous
Coventry102.2423% more dangerous
Leicester111.5930% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2841% more dangerous
Leeds150.9448% more dangerous

Crime in Whitby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Whitby South & East43871Second
Whitby West59485First

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 town 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.

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