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Crime and Safety in Barnsley, South Yorkshire

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Barnsley is the second most dangerous major towns in South Yorkshire, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barnsley in 2021 was 108 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the South Yorkshire rate of 94 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barnsley is the 23rd most dangerous major town, and the 471st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Barnsley was the worst major town in South Yorkshire for drugs, with 46 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Barnsley residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for other theft, recording 85 crimes at a rate of 0.86 per 1,000 residents. Barnsley recorded 11 reports of possession of weapons during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst major town for possession of weapons in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Barnsley are violence and sexual offences, with 4,573 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 4,241 offences and a difference of 3.36 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Barnsley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 30 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 23% from 2020's figure of 37 crimes.

Barnsley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, South Yorkshire

11% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

30% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barnsley is 11% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 30% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barnsley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Barnsley 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 Barnsley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110810,728
202010310,217
201910710,574
201811611,501
201711511,410
2016807,938

Crime in Barnsley Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Barnsley This Year

 BarnsleySouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,95619.7727,46519.49 1.4% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft300.301,0020.71 137% safer
Burglary5245.309,3476.63 25% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,20912.2215,61911.09 9% more dangerous
Drugs4014.053,9502.80 31% more dangerous
Other Crime4334.384,5703.24 26% more dangerous
Other Theft7737.819,3346.62 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1211.221,4551.03 16% more dangerous
Public Order1,33513.5014,91610.59 22% more dangerous
Robbery1051.061,3970.99 7% more dangerous
Shoplifting4884.936,6454.72 4.3% more dangerous
Theft From the Person460.478100.57 21% safer
Vehicle Crime6906.989,6956.88 1.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,57346.2353,63438.06 18% more dangerous

Barnsley Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham11,03899.0110% safer
Barnsley10,728108.45-
Doncaster17,067146.0826% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnsley

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Recent Crimes in Barnsley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Longley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Beverley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near TreelandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laxton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near WheatcroftsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Whaley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Longcar LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Royal StreetFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Other theftOn or near Merchant CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kendray StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cayton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Austwick CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Harwood TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Regent GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Carlton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Keresforth Hill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wentworth StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Darton LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near TreelandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Warsop RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Barnsley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29222420 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.770.510.370.30 Safer
Burglary9875 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15131212 Safer
Drugs3.33.44.34.0 Getting worse
Other Crime3.53.63.94.4 Getting worse
Other Theft111088 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.21.11.2 Getting worse
Public Order12121214 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.21.01.1 Safer
Shoplifting1184.94.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.10.660.47 Safer
Vehicle Crime7757 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41394346 Getting worse

Changes In Barnsley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barnsley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barnsley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Penny Pie Park----100.21
Sugden's Recreation Ground-----10.40

Comparing Barnsley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0862% safer
Croydon82.4831% safer
Sheffield90.0520% safer
Bristol90.5220% safer
Coventry102.246% safer
Barnsley108.45-
Leicester111.592.8% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0612% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6416% more dangerous
Bradford132.2818% more dangerous
Leeds150.9428% more dangerous

Crime in Barnsley's Neighbourhoods

Barnsley Town & Park Road is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Barnsley, followed by Worsbrough Common in second place, and Ardsley & Stairfoot as the third most dangerous area. Barnsley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Athersley, Mapplewell & Staincross, and Monk Bretton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ardsley & Stairfoot868120Third
Athersley92993Sixth
Barnsley Town & Park Road3,143245First
Kendray707111Fourth
Lundwood79599Fifth
Mapplewell & Staincross44254Eighth
Monk Bretton60874Seventh
Worsbrough Common1,064152Second

Barnsley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Barnsley for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMapplewell & Staincross (70)Barnsley Town & Park Road (590)
Bicycle TheftLundwood (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (10)
BurglaryAthersley (34)Worsbrough Common (83)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMapplewell & Staincross (52)Barnsley Town & Park Road (302)
DrugsMapplewell & Staincross (8)Barnsley Town & Park Road (224)
Other CrimeMonk Bretton (21)Barnsley Town & Park Road (108)
Other TheftLundwood (31)Barnsley Town & Park Road (226)
Possession of WeaponsMapplewell & Staincross (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (37)
Public OrderMapplewell & Staincross (46)Barnsley Town & Park Road (483)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Mapplewell & Staincross (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (43)
ShopliftingWorsbrough Common (2)Barnsley Town & Park Road (245)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Monk Bretton (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (28)
Vehicle CrimeMapplewell & Staincross (28)Barnsley Town & Park Road (182)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMapplewell & Staincross (206)Barnsley Town & Park Road (1,155)

Crime in Barnsley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barnsley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Barnsley saw a 150% increase in bicycle theft. Barnsley saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Barnsley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+9%+62%+15%+6%+47%-20%+1%+25%+16%
Bicycle Theft-33%-33%-33%+150%+25%--+67%-+100%
Burglary+8%-2%-49%-29%-59%-34%-27%+28%+37%-35%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-28%+11%-17%+11%-12%+24%-2%+19%-35%
Drugs+6%-32%+30%+17%+100%-+21%-3%+35%+70%
Other Crime-13%+17%+21%+75%+24%-11%--58%+27%+43%
Other Theft-6%-12%-36%-13%-18%-1%-16%-28%-20%-33%
Possession of Weapons--78%-38%-11%-71%-8%+13%-10%+36%-15%
Public Order+9%-4%+56%-10%+1%+3%-9%-27%+11%-2%
Robbery+57%-40%+50%-33%-41%+10%-30%-40%-70%-11%
Shoplifting-22%-64%-65%-52%-33%-42%-47%-13%-39%-35%
Theft From the Person+30%-82%-33%-33%-82%-67%-50%-62%--29%
Vehicle Crime+2%-22%-47%-21%-44%-52%-54%-31%-44%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-5%+22%+34%+20%+24%+11%-12%+1%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barnsley

What police force serves Barnsley?
Barnsley's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Barnsley?
Barnsley is the second most dangerous major town in South Yorkshire.

What is Barnsley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Barnsley are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Barnsley?
Barnsley's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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