Doncaster Crime Overview

Doncaster is the most dangerous major town in South Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Doncaster in 2020 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Doncaster is among the top 5 most dangerous major towns, and the 222nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2015, Doncaster had the worst crime rate in South Yorkshire for other crime, with 35 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Doncaster are violence and sexual offences, with 5,501 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 4,942 offences and a difference of 4.78 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Doncaster's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 152 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 7% from 2019's figure of 162 crimes.

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Crime in Doncaster Compared To South Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Doncaster This Year

 DoncasterSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,45329.5534,85824.7416% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1521.308860.6352% more dangerous
Burglary1,33111.3910,0317.1237% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,55113.2814,69110.4321% more dangerous
Drugs5114.373,9992.8435% more dangerous
Other Crime5444.664,3183.0634% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0889.319,0806.4431% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2031.741,5391.0937% more dangerous
Public Order1,71314.6614,28310.1431% more dangerous
Robbery1711.461,3190.9436% more dangerous
Shoplifting9748.346,6874.7543% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1651.418430.6057% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,0428.9210,1857.2319% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,50147.0848,40334.3527% more dangerous

Doncaster Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham10,13290.8941% safer
Barnsley10,217103.2824% safer
Doncaster14,946127.93-

Crime Over Time in Doncaster

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Doncaster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50382830Safer
Bicycle Theft1.72.11.41.3Safer
Burglary12131511Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17151513Safer
Drugs2.43.24.04.4Getting worse
Other Crime3.44.24.94.7Getting worse
Other Theft1213129Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.51.51.7Getting worse
Public Order11131315Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.51.51.5Getting worse
Shoplifting1513118Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.22.51.91.4Safer
Vehicle Crime1012139Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40444247Getting worse

Changes In Doncaster's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Doncaster to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7189% safer
Coventry77.4165% safer
Croydon83.2254% safer
Sheffield85.8149% safer
Bristol86.2148% safer
Leicester97.4431% safer
Birmingham102.8724% safer
Liverpool107.2819% safer
Doncaster127.93-
Bradford133.023.8% more dangerous
Leeds137.107% more dangerous

Crime in Doncaster's Neighbourhoods

Central Doncaster & Hyde Park is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Doncaster, followed by Balby Carr in second place, and Hexthorpe & Balby North as the third most dangerous area. Doncaster's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bessacarr Bawtry Road, Bessacarr Grange & Lakeside, and Cantley Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Balby Carr1,458156Second
Balby South964108Sixth
Bessacarr Bawtry Road64880Eighth
Bessacarr Grange & Lakeside36249Ninth
Cantley Park50886Seventh
Central Doncaster & Hyde Park4,930367First
Hexthorpe & Balby North996148Third
Intake1,209127Fourth
Wheatley Hills1,213117Fifth

Doncaster Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (102)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (1,017)
Bicycle TheftBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (3)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (69)
BurglaryBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (45)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (269)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (32)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (393)
DrugsBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (4)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (266)
Other CrimeCantley Park (6)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (259)
Other TheftBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (25)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (334)
Possession of WeaponsBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (3)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (77)
Public OrderBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (47)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (727)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Balby South (4)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (67)
ShopliftingHexthorpe & Balby North (22)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (415)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bessacarr Bawtry Road (1)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (117)
Vehicle CrimeCantley Park (17)Balby Carr (148)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (142)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (1,731)

Crime in Doncaster During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Doncaster change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Doncaster saw a 180% increase in possession of weapons. Doncaster saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 70% compared to June in 2019. Doncaster saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, shoplifting, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+25%+14%-4%+13%+22%+45%+6%-4%-6%
Bicycle Theft-45%-+5%+17%+129%+20%+18%-42%+9%-7%
Burglary+3%-30%-47%-52%-36%-21%-43%-10%-13%-7%
Criminal Damage and Arson-7%-14%+17%+9%-15%-15%+6%-28%-13%+2%
Drugs+5%-19%+11%-7%-7%+8%-13%-7%+54%-5%
Other Crime-36%+31%-14%+37%--2%+32%-17%-2%-6%
Other Theft-17%-44%-15%-16%+7%-22%-18%-33%-24%-39%
Possession of Weapons+6%+9%-44%-24%+6%-11%+64%+20%+79%+180%
Public Order+26%-4%+10%+16%+14%-5%+33%+13%-22%+6%
Robbery+8%+17%-55%-48%+25%-37%+60%--+60%
Shoplifting-30%-59%-68%+3%-24%-28%-4%-39%-8%-32%
Theft From the Person+146%-70%-55%-50%-33%-18%-61%-56%-63%-59%
Vehicle Crime-37%-52%-49%-70%-39%-2%-26%+8%-6%-27%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%+6%+7%+24%+6%+17%+25%+8%-1%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Doncaster

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021