Rotherham Crime Overview

Rotherham is the second safest city in Yorkshire and The Humber, and the 22nd safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Rotherham in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in Rotherham are violence and sexual offences, with 5,161 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 5,455 offences and a difference of 1.10 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Rotherham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 57 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 9% from 2019's figure of 62 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Rotherham This Year

 Rotherham
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour3,45713.03
Bicycle Theft570.21
Burglary9003.39
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3495.08
Drugs3701.39
Other Crime4131.56
Other Theft9443.56
Possession of Weapons1830.69
Public Order1,5865.98
Robbery1430.54
Shoplifting6462.43
Theft From the Person640.24
Vehicle Crime8443.18
Violence and Sexual Offences5,16119.45

Rotherham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25171313Safer
Bicycle Theft0.400.230.230.21Safer
Burglary6563.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8765Safer
Drugs0.870.731.11.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.41.61.6Getting worse
Other Theft6553.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.560.570.69Getting worse
Public Order5666Getting worse
Robbery0.540.570.690.54Safer
Shoplifting4.33.83.92.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.550.520.490.24Safer
Vehicle Crime54.04.93.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202119Safer

Comparing Rotherham to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham47.70-
Coventry71.5033% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9936% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2336% more dangerous
Croydon77.1838% more dangerous
Bradford79.1940% more dangerous
London80.7041% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0246% more dangerous
Bristol91.5748% more dangerous
Leeds91.9048% more dangerous
Leicester102.5153% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Rotherham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rotherham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Rotherham saw a 178% increase in possession of weapons. Rotherham saw a large fall in robbery during July, when it fell by 84% compared to July in 2019. Rotherham saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-1%+33%+51%+15%+20%+27%+15%-23%+12%
Bicycle Theft+167%--11%-27%-50%-50%-+67%-33%
Burglary-46%-47%-43%-15%-14%-34%-48%-42%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-31%-23%-25%-25%-21%-13%-10%+1%+13%
Drugs+44%+62%+47%+29%+37%+91%-7%+31%+43%
Other Crime+25%-22%-24%+3%+37%-8%+33%+32%+24%
Other Theft-14%-31%-29%-25%-20%-32%-32%-33%-33%
Possession of Weapons+7%+64%+122%-33%+78%+130%-57%-8%+178%
Public Order+13%+11%+9%+34%+8%+24%+2%+12%-2%
Robbery+22%-28%-15%-35%-84%-33%+100%-13%-24%
Shoplifting+1%-59%-68%-76%-52%-34%-43%-34%-39%
Theft From the Person--54%-47%--69%-71%-55%-75%-18%
Vehicle Crime-36%-30%-49%-30%-42%-51%-22%-39%-32%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-6%-16%-1%+20%+11%+12%-1%-4%

Rotherham's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Rotherham
Aston cum Aughton8105310% more dangerous
Brinsworth450517% more dangerous
Dalton6726628% more dangerous
Dinnington St. John's7268040% more dangerous
Maltby1,2837839% more dangerous
North and South Anston468516% more dangerous
Thurcroft7238845% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rotherham

What police force serves Rotherham?
Rotherham's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Rotherham?
Rotherham is the second safest city in Yorkshire and The Humber.
What is Rotherham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rotherham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rotherham?
Rotherham's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021