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Crime and Safety in Rotherham

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Rotherham is the safest major town in South Yorkshire, and is the 35th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rotherham in 2021 was 99 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the South Yorkshire rate of 94 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rotherham is the 33rd most dangerous major town, and the 575th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Rotherham was the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() in South Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 149 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Rotherham residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous LargeTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Rotherham recorded 12 reports of robbery during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst LargeTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rotherham are violence and sexual offences, with 4,772 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 4,371 offences and a difference of 3.60 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Rotherham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 50 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 50 crimes.

Rotherham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, South Yorkshire

2.0% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rotherham is 2.0% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rotherham Crime Rate Over Time

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Rotherham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Rotherham 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 Rotherham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219911,038
20209510,632
201910511,733
201810111,268
201710411,579
2016788,690

Crime in Rotherham Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Rotherham This Year

 RotherhamSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,19419.6827,46519.49 0.97% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft500.451,0020.71 58% safer
Burglary6535.869,3466.63 13% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,19310.7015,61911.09 3.6% safer
Drugs2952.653,9502.80 6% safer
Other Crime3673.294,5693.24 1.5% more dangerous
Other Theft7706.919,3336.62 4.2% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1371.231,4551.03 16% more dangerous
Public Order1,47513.2314,91610.59 20% more dangerous
Robbery1381.241,3970.99 20% more dangerous
Shoplifting3993.586,6454.72 32% safer
Theft From the Person590.538100.57 8% safer
Vehicle Crime7306.559,6946.88 5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,77242.8153,62338.06 11% more dangerous

Rotherham Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham11,03899.01-
Barnsley10,728108.459% more dangerous
Doncaster17,067146.0832% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rotherham

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Recent Crimes in Rotherham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A631Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Old School CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Herringthorpe Valley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Laburnum AvenueFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Mary'S ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Island CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Russell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Devonshire StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Kings WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near West HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Main StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langdon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beevers RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Meadowbank CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Redscope CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vicarage CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Doncaster RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wingfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mile Oak RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Rotherham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34242820 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.550.450.45 Safer
Burglary91066 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121011 Safer
Drugs1.52.03.02.6 Getting worse
Other Crime2.62.73.03.3 Getting worse
Other Theft101077 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.11.31.2 Getting worse
Public Order11111213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.31.21.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting774.73.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.570.53 Safer
Vehicle Crime7967 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37383943 Getting worse

Changes In Rotherham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rotherham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rotherham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bradgate Park6----01.1
Herringthorpe Playing Fields21112220.81
St John's Church10-2-36151

Comparing Rotherham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93148% safer
Birmingham49.60100% safer
Barnet67.0848% safer
Croydon82.4820% safer
Sheffield90.0310% safer
Bristol90.529% safer
Rotherham99.01-
Leicester111.5911% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0620% more dangerous
Bradford132.2825% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Rotherham's Neighbourhoods

Rotherham Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Rotherham, followed by Masbrough & Bradgate in second place, and Greasborough as the third most dangerous area. Rotherham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Rotherham South, Wickersley North, and Wickersley South & Bramley South.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Herringthorpe871113Fifth
Eastwood & East Dene992115Fourth
Greasborough1,040132Third
Kimberworth Park728102Sixth
Masbrough & Bradgate1,317172Second
Rotherham Central2,534303First
Rotherham South78470Seventh
Wickersley North45054Ninth
Wickersley South & Bramley South36457Eighth

Rotherham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWickersley South & Bramley South (78)Rotherham Central (435)
Bicycle TheftWickersley North (1)Rotherham Central (25)
BurglaryWickersley North (16)Rotherham Central (150)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWickersley South & Bramley South (28)Rotherham Central (189)
DrugsWickersley North (6)Rotherham Central (88)
Other CrimeWickersley South & Bramley South (2)Rotherham Central (77)
Other TheftWickersley North (25)Rotherham Central (192)
Possession of WeaponsKimberworth Park (4)Rotherham Central (41)
Public OrderWickersley South & Bramley South (39)Rotherham Central (455)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wickersley South & Bramley South (1)Rotherham Central (56)
ShopliftingEastwood & East Dene (2)Rotherham Central (177)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wickersley North (2)Rotherham Central (37)
Vehicle CrimeKimberworth Park (19)Rotherham Central (87)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWickersley South & Bramley South (107)Rotherham Central (960)

Crime in Rotherham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rotherham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Rotherham saw a 167% increase in possession of weapons. Rotherham saw a large fall in theft from the person during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Rotherham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+57%+47%+26%+38%+32%+5%-22%+15%+29%
Bicycle Theft+75%-25%+11%-22%-56%-29%-29%+33%-75%-
Burglary-40%-52%-52%-24%-13%-30%-34%-48%-33%-49%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-29%-31%-25%-32%-23%-11%-19%+4%-10%
Drugs+65%+30%+87%+50%+114%+109%-5%+28%+57%+52%
Other Crime+22%-12%+10%+28%+23%--3%-+3%+53%
Other Theft+13%-35%-36%-39%-34%-42%-30%-47%-43%-34%
Possession of Weapons+10%+71%+167%+9%+140%+60%-50%+71%+33%-7%
Public Order+55%+32%+50%+19%+3%+9%-3%-1%-3%-9%
Robbery+25%-47%--17%-79%-44%+78%-23%-25%-7%
Shoplifting+5%-50%-61%-73%-64%-41%-25%-18%-53%-55%
Theft From the Person-25%-62%-60%-60%-79%-79%-60%-80%-25%-14%
Vehicle Crime-36%-25%-62%-34%-61%-54%-51%-19%-7%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%+0%-10%+7%+25%+4%+5%+3%-15%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rotherham

What police force serves Rotherham?
Rotherham's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Rotherham?
Rotherham is the safest major town in South Yorkshire.

What is Rotherham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rotherham are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Rotherham?
Rotherham's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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