Penistone Crime Overview

Penistone is among the top 5 safest small towns in South Yorkshire, and is the 23rd safest overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penistone in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 131% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penistone is the 227th safest small town, and the 4,638th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Penistone was the worst small town in South Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2019 was also a bad month for Penistone residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Penistone are violence and sexual offences, with 204 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 0.98% lower than 2019's figure of 206 offences and a difference of 0.15 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Penistone's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Penistone Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Penistone This Year

 PenistoneSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15011.6934,85824.74112% safer
Bicycle Theft20.168860.63294% safer
Burglary362.8110,0317.12153% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson534.1314,69110.43153% safer
Drugs262.033,9992.8440% safer
Other Crime90.704,3183.06337% safer
Other Theft413.199,0806.44102% safer
Possession of Weapons50.391,5391.09179% safer
Public Order544.2114,28310.14141% safer
Shoplifting352.736,6874.7574% safer
Vehicle Crime332.5710,1857.23181% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20415.9048,40334.35116% safer

Penistone Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bradfield54931.6823% safer
Brinsworth27831.7522% safer
Dalton37937.383.8% safer
Sprotbrough and Cusworth44337.942.3% safer
Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall42350.7123% more dangerous
North and South Anston51655.8731% more dangerous
Aston cum Aughton87757.3532% more dangerous
Stocksbridge79158.8834% more dangerous
Edlington55168.1843% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penistone

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Penistone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour15121012Safer
Bicycle Theft0.160.230.390.16Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson55.054.1Safer
Drugs0.860.310.702.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.550.701.10.70Safer
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons0. worse
Public Order1. worse
Shoplifting1. worse
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences12161616Getting worse

Changes In Penistone's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Penistone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% more dangerous
Coventry77.4150% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2155% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Penistone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Silkstone, Hoylandswaine & Cawthorne21435Second

Crime in Penistone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penistone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Penistone saw a 500% increase in other theft. Penistone saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during December, when it fell by 78% compared to December in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-43%+27%+63%+340%+75%+75%+160%--67%-40%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%-63%+300%+40%-33%+133%+200%-13%-22%-78%
Other Crime------+100%--50%-
Other Theft+33%-+100%+300%-+100%-33%+500%--25%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--38%-50%-14%-20%-20%+233%-57%+17%-50%
Vehicle Crime-+100%+33%-50%-71%+100%-60%+33%+125%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-24%-27%-26%+31%-6%+12%+37%-44%+50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penistone

What police force serves Penistone?
Penistone's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Penistone?
Penistone is among the top 5 safest small towns in South Yorkshire.
What is Penistone's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penistone are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Penistone?
Penistone's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021