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Crime and Safety in Penistone

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Penistone is among the top 10 safest small towns in South Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of South Yorkshire's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penistone in 2021 was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 178% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 94 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penistone is the 130th safest small town, and the 5,312nd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Penistone was the worst small town in South Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.08 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. Penistone recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during June 2016, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst small town for possession of weapons in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Penistone are violence and sexual offences, with 190 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 204 offences and a difference of 1.09 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Penistone's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Penistone 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, South Yorkshire

187% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

126% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Penistone is 187% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 126% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Penistone Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Penistone

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202134434
202039498
201942537
201841527
201736461
201626328

Crime in Penistone Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Penistone This Year

 PenistoneSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour927.1727,46519.49 172% safer
Bicycle Theft10.081,0020.71 788% safer
Burglary352.739,3476.63 143% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson473.6615,61911.09 203% safer
Drugs60.473,9502.80 496% safer
Other Crime120.944,5703.24 245% safer
Other Theft302.349,3346.62 183% safer
Possession of Weapons20.161,4551.03 544% safer
Public Order362.8114,91610.59 277% safer
Robbery70.551,3970.99 80% safer
Shoplifting201.566,6454.72 203% safer
Vehicle Crime483.749,6956.88 84% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19014.8153,63438.06 157% safer

Penistone Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brinsworth80.913616% safer
Dalton161.582041% safer
Edlington334.08729% safer
Barnby Dun with Kirk Sandall19223.0247% safer
Bradfield40623.4344% safer
Penistone43433.82-
North and South Anston47751.6535% more dangerous
Sprotbrough and Cusworth69159.1843% more dangerous
Aston cum Aughton96062.7846% more dangerous
Stocksbridge85963.9447% more dangerous
Armthorpe1,16881.0858% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penistone

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Recent Crimes in Penistone

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Tennyson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New Smithy AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Matthew GapInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Smithy AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church HeightsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Fullshaw BankUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stottercliffe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Berrywell AvenueLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near New RoydInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Penistone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1210127 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.230.390.160.08 Safer
Burglary4.24.72.82.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5.054.13.7 Safer
Drugs0.310.702.00.47 Safer
Other Crime0.701.10.700.94 Getting worse
Other Theft4.92.03.22.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.160.080.390.16 Getting worse
Public Order2.34.84.22.8 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.23-0.55 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.03.12.71.6 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.53.42.63.7 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16161615 Getting worse

Changes In Penistone's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Penistone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penistone33.82-
Barnet67.0850% more dangerous
Croydon82.4859% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0562% more dangerous
Bristol90.5263% more dangerous
Coventry102.2467% more dangerous
Leicester111.5970% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0673% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6474% more dangerous
Bradford132.2874% more dangerous
Leeds150.9478% more dangerous

Crime in Penistone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penistone36434Second
Silkstone, Hoylandswaine & Cawthorne22837First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-43%+27%+63%+340%+75%+75%+160%--67%-40%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Burglary-20%-+20%+50%-71%-50%-33%+25%-57%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%-63%+300%+40%-33%+133%+200%-13%-22%-78%
Drugs+400%-50%+100%-50%----+300%-
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%
Shoplifting---50%-+200%+40%-43%+150%--33%
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 10 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.

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