Rotherham Crime Overview

Rotherham is the safest major town in South Yorkshire, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rotherham in 2020 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.4% higher than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rotherham is the 44th most dangerous major town, and the 686th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Rotherham was the worst major town in South Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Rotherham residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for possession of weapons, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Rotherham recorded 17 reports of robbery during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst major town for robbery in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rotherham are violence and sexual offences, with 4,158 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 3.6% higher than 2019's figure of 4,008 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Rotherham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 50 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 60 crimes.

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Crime in Rotherham Compared To South Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Rotherham This Year

 RotherhamSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,88625.8934,85824.744.4% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft500.458860.6340% safer
Burglary7006.2810,0317.1213% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0699.5914,69110.439% safer
Drugs3162.833,9992.840.35% safer
Other Crime3242.914,3183.065% safer
Other Theft7476.709,0806.443.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1411.261,5391.0913% more dangerous
Public Order1,31611.8014,28310.1414% more dangerous
Robbery1301.171,3190.9420% more dangerous
Shoplifting4834.336,6874.7510% safer
Theft From the Person610.558430.609% safer
Vehicle Crime6375.7110,1857.2327% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,15837.3048,40334.358% more dangerous

Rotherham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rotherham10,13290.89-
Barnsley10,217103.2812% more dangerous
Doncaster14,946127.9329% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rotherham

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Rotherham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44312226Safer
Bicycle Theft0.740.380.540.45Safer
Burglary109106Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121110Safer
Drugs1.51.51.92.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.52.62.9Getting worse
Other Theft1110107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.791.00.981.3Getting worse
Public Order9101012Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.11.31.2Getting worse
Shoplifting7774.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.01.00.55Safer
Vehicle Crime9786Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32353637Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7134% safer
Coventry77.4117% safer
Croydon83.229% safer
Sheffield85.816% safer
Bristol86.215% safer
Rotherham90.89-
Leicester97.447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8712% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2815% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% 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 Herringthorpe832108Fifth
Eastwood & East Dene1,037120Fourth
Greasborough1,028131Third
Kimberworth Park70298Sixth
Masbrough & Bradgate1,328173Second
Rotherham Central2,321278First
Rotherham South77869Seventh
Wickersley North44753Eighth
Wickersley South & Bramley South32150Ninth

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 (116)Rotherham Central (638)
Bicycle TheftWickersley South & Bramley South (1)Rotherham Central (20)
BurglaryWickersley North (18)Rotherham Central (172)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWickersley North (34)Rotherham Central (201)
DrugsEast Herringthorpe (13)Rotherham Central (74)
Other CrimeWickersley South & Bramley South (5)Rotherham Central (83)
Other TheftKimberworth Park (31)Rotherham Central (175)
Possession of WeaponsWickersley South & Bramley South (2)Rotherham Central (42)
Public OrderWickersley South & Bramley South (34)Rotherham Central (410)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Wickersley North (2)Rotherham Central (38)
ShopliftingEastwood & East Dene (2)Rotherham Central (214)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Rotherham South (1)Rotherham Central (30)
Vehicle CrimeWickersley North (26)Masbrough & Bradgate (79)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWickersley South & Bramley South (105)Rotherham Central (784)

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 July, when Rotherham saw a 100% increase in drugs. Rotherham saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Rotherham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+59%+44%+20%+41%+29%+0%-20%+20%+17%
Bicycle Theft+75%-25%+11%-11%-56%-29%-43%+33%-67%-
Burglary-36%-52%-53%-3%-18%-34%-39%-46%-31%-49%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-25%-29%-21%-30%-19%-5%-18%+11%-16%
Drugs+75%+23%+77%+50%+100%+100%-+71%+38%+88%
Other Crime+20%-16%+28%+17%+23%--3%+5%+9%+63%
Other Theft+8%-28%-39%-38%-41%-43%-33%-52%-42%-38%
Possession of Weapons+22%+100%+86%-+100%+78%-47%+100%+100%-
Public Order+49%+23%+44%+28%+4%+16%-2%+7%-2%-1%
Robbery+43%-47%--17%-79%-38%+89%-31%-36%-7%
Shoplifting+7%-60%-66%-73%-68%-46%-28%-15%-53%-62%
Theft From the Person-25%-62%-57%-80%-79%-77%-56%-80%-25%-14%
Vehicle Crime-38%-16%-60%-38%-59%-56%-51%-25%-26%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+0%-5%-6%+12%+30%+5%+2%+5%-17%-8%

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021