Dalton Crime Overview

Dalton is the third safest small town in South Yorkshire, and is the 21st safest overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dalton in 2020 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 140% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dalton is the 204th safest small town, and the 4,910th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2016, Dalton was the worst small town in South Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Dalton are violence and sexual offences, with 171 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 0.58% lower than 2019's figure of 172 offences and a difference of 0.09 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Dalton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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See how Dalton shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Dalton and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Dalton Compared To South Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Dalton This Year

 DaltonSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14614.4034,85824.7472% safer
Bicycle Theft10.108860.63530% safer
Burglary181.7810,0317.12300% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson393.8514,69110.43171% safer
Drugs60.593,9992.84381% safer
Other Crime80.794,3183.06287% safer
Other Theft222.179,0806.44197% safer
Possession of Weapons40.391,5391.09179% safer
Public Order403.9514,28310.14157% safer
Shoplifting484.736,6874.750.42% safer
Vehicle Crime222.1710,1857.23233% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17116.8748,40334.35104% safer

Dalton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bradfield54931.6818% safer
Brinsworth27831.7518% safer
Dalton37937.38-
Sprotbrough and Cusworth44337.941.5% more dangerous
Penistone49838.813.7% more dangerous
Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall42350.7126% more dangerous
North and South Anston51655.8733% more dangerous
Aston cum Aughton87757.3535% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dalton

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Dalton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1816914Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.100.200.10Safer
Burglary2.23.12.31.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson964.93.8Safer
Drugs0.490.200.590.59Getting worse
Other Crime0.490.890.890.79Getting worse
Other Theft3.62.42.82.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.590.890.39Safer
Public Order2.13.64.14.0Getting worse
Shoplifting54.064.7Safer
Vehicle Crime2.01.63.42.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17151717Getting worse

Changes In Dalton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dalton's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Dalton that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Silverwood Miners' Welfare Sports Ground2----00.75

Comparing Dalton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Dalton37.38-
Barnet67.7145% more dangerous
Coventry77.4152% more dangerous
Croydon83.2255% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8156% more dangerous
Bristol86.2157% more dangerous
Leicester97.4462% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2865% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Dalton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dalton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Dalton saw a 400% increase in shoplifting. Dalton saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+100%+280%+117%+100%+14%+33%+17%+125%+300%
Burglary--+100%---+100%---50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--83%-20%-+33%-67%-50%+250%-33%-
Drugs--+100%-------
Other Crime-50%-+100%-+100%----50%-
Other Theft+200%-75%+100%--60%-+200%--50%-
Possession of Weapons-+100%--------
Public Order+300%+300%+200%-67%+50%---43%+25%-75%
Shoplifting-20%-25%+400%-60%-67%-50%-11%-40%-67%-
Vehicle Crime-40%-60%+100%--60%-40%-50%-67%-+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+157%+157%-25%-31%-39%-25%-+43%+9%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dalton

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021