Barnsley Crime Overview

Barnsley is the second most dangerous major town in South Yorkshire, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barnsley in 2020 was 103 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 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barnsley is the 25th most dangerous major town, and the 443rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Barnsley was the worst major town in South Yorkshire for drugs, with 51 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Barnsley residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for other crime, recording 40 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Barnsley recorded 15 reports of possession of weapons during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 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 4,241 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 3,855 offences and a difference of 3.90 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Barnsley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 37 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 35% from 2019's figure of 50 crimes.

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Crime in Barnsley Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Barnsley This Year

 BarnsleySouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,33323.5834,85824.744.9% safer
Bicycle Theft370.378860.6370% safer
Burglary6466.5310,0317.129% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,22712.4014,69110.4316% more dangerous
Drugs4234.283,9992.8434% more dangerous
Other Crime3883.924,3183.0622% more dangerous
Other Theft7958.049,0806.4420% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1081.091,5391.090% safer
Public Order1,19612.0914,28310.1416% more dangerous
Robbery1021.031,3190.949% more dangerous
Shoplifting4834.886,6874.752.7% more dangerous
Theft From the Person650.668430.609% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5065.1210,1857.2341% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,24142.8748,40334.3520% more dangerous

Barnsley Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham10,13290.8914% safer
Doncaster14,946127.9319% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barnsley

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Barnsley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour46292224Safer
Bicycle Theft0.670.770.510.37Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16151312Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime3. worse
Other Theft1211108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.701.01.21.1Getting worse
Public Order12121212Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime8775Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36413943Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7153% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.40% safer
Liverpool107.283.7% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% 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, Lundwood, Mapplewell & Staincross, and Monk Bretton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ardsley & Stairfoot869120Third
Barnsley Town & Park Road2,726213First
Mapplewell & Staincross41751Eighth
Monk Bretton65881Seventh
Worsbrough Common1,089155Second

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 (96)Barnsley Town & Park Road (561)
Bicycle TheftMapplewell & Staincross (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (12)
BurglaryMapplewell & Staincross (20)Worsbrough Common (101)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMapplewell & Staincross (54)Worsbrough Common (167)
DrugsMapplewell & Staincross (9)Barnsley Town & Park Road (205)
Other CrimeMapplewell & Staincross (17)Barnsley Town & Park Road (113)
Other TheftMapplewell & Staincross (22)Monk Bretton (120)
Possession of WeaponsMapplewell & Staincross (2)Barnsley Town & Park Road (35)
Public OrderMapplewell & Staincross (49)Barnsley Town & Park Road (382)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Monk Bretton (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (55)
ShopliftingWorsbrough Common (5)Barnsley Town & Park Road (190)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Athersley (1)Barnsley Town & Park Road (39)
Vehicle CrimeMapplewell & Staincross (17)Barnsley Town & Park Road (144)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMapplewell & Staincross (192)Barnsley Town & Park Road (970)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+9%+62%+15%+6%+47%-20%+1%+25%+16%
Bicycle Theft-33%-33%-33%+150%+25%--+67%-+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-28%+11%-17%+11%-12%+24%-2%+19%-35%
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%
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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021