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Crime and Safety in Doncaster

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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 2021 was 146 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the South Yorkshire rate of 94 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Doncaster is the second most dangerous major town, and the 176th 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 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Doncaster are violence and sexual offences, with 6,697 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 5,758 offences and a difference of 8.04 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Doncaster's least common crime is theft from the person, with 155 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 8% from 2020's figure of 167 crimes.

Doncaster 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, South Yorkshire

34% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

50% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Doncaster is 34% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 50% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Doncaster Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Doncaster represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Doncaster

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202114617,067
202013515,822
201914416,847
201814617,077
201714116,446
201610712,534

Crime in Doncaster Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Doncaster This Year

 DoncasterSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,88424.6827,46519.49 21% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2512.151,0020.71 67% more dangerous
Burglary1,27710.939,3466.63 39% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,76315.0915,61911.09 27% more dangerous
Drugs5574.773,9502.80 41% more dangerous
Other Crime6445.514,5693.24 41% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0639.109,3336.62 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1791.531,4551.03 33% more dangerous
Public Order1,89116.1914,91610.59 35% more dangerous
Robbery2161.851,3970.99 46% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,17010.016,6454.72 53% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1551.338100.57 57% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,20410.319,6946.88 33% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,69757.3253,62338.06 34% more dangerous

Doncaster Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham11,03899.0148% safer
Barnsley10,728108.4535% safer
Doncaster17,067146.08-

Crime Over Time in Doncaster

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Recent Crimes in Doncaster

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022DrugsOn or near Gilberthorpe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Dorset CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cornwall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Nelson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Liverpool AvenueFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sunny BarUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022RobberyOn or near Century CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near NightclubOffender given a drugs possession warning
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cooper StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royal AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Barrel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Queen'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bramworth RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Doncaster Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40293225 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.11.41.42.2 Getting worse
Burglary14161211 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17161415 Safer
Drugs3.24.14.64.8 Getting worse
Other Crime4.554.86 Getting worse
Other Theft1412109 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.61.81.5 Getting worse
Public Order13141516 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.61.61.8 Getting worse
Shoplifting1412910 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.51.91.41.3 Safer
Vehicle Crime13131010 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47454957 Getting worse

Changes In Doncaster's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Doncaster to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93266% safer
Birmingham49.60195% safer
Barnet67.08118% safer
Croydon82.4877% safer
Sheffield90.0362% safer
Bristol90.5261% safer
Leicester111.5931% safer
Liverpool123.0619% safer
Bradford132.2810% safer
Doncaster146.08-
Leeds150.943.2% 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 Carr1,624174Second
Balby South1,075120Sixth
Bessacarr Bawtry Road61276Eighth
Bessacarr Grange & Lakeside32143Ninth
Cantley Park48683Seventh
Central Doncaster & Hyde Park5,717426First
Hexthorpe & Balby North1,111165Third
Intake1,258132Fourth
Wheatley Hills1,297125Fifth

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 (67)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (741)
Bicycle TheftCantley Park (1)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (128)
BurglaryBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (30)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (282)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (19)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (434)
DrugsBessacarr Bawtry Road (7)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (277)
Other CrimeBessacarr Bawtry Road (12)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (247)
Other TheftBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (14)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (341)
Possession of WeaponsBessacarr Bawtry Road (4)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (70)
Public OrderBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (27)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (801)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Cantley Park (1)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (94)
ShopliftingHexthorpe & Balby North (10)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (579)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wheatley Hills (2)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (115)
Vehicle CrimeCantley Park (34)Balby Carr (168)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBessacarr Grange & Lakeside (149)Central Doncaster & Hyde Park (2,120)

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 155% increase in possession of weapons. Doncaster saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 70% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Doncaster's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+28%+23%+2%+13%+30%+39%+8%+1%-1%
Bicycle Theft-45%-11%-+25%+113%+33%+25%-32%+8%-7%
Burglary-3%-27%-44%-54%-36%-24%-41%-5%-15%-9%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-15%+17%+6%-11%-20%+4%-29%-13%-5%
Drugs+10%-16%+22%-2%-2%+5%-8%-14%+74%-5%
Other Crime-40%+34%-16%+43%+6%-4%+29%-8%--9%
Other Theft-19%-42%-19%-19%+7%-18%-25%-31%-20%-35%
Possession of Weapons+6%+8%-47%-24%-10%-11%+67%+13%+93%+155%
Public Order+18%+3%+11%+20%+17%-7%+30%+11%-21%+4%
Robbery+15%+17%-55%-45%+14%-45%+80%-+27%+70%
Shoplifting-26%-58%-67%-8%-34%-25%-14%-42%-15%-34%
Theft From the Person+146%-70%-50%-50%-33%-18%-63%-56%-65%-59%
Vehicle Crime-26%-52%-49%-69%-32%+5%-25%+13%-13%-23%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%+8%+9%+22%+8%+12%+24%+3%--6%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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