Royston Crime Overview

Royston is among the top 20 safest small towns in South Yorkshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Royston in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Royston is the 118th most dangerous small town, and the 934th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Royston was the worst small town in South Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Royston residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 2.0 per 1,000 residents. Royston recorded 1 report of theft from the person during June 2017, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for theft from the person in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Royston are violence and sexual offences, with 374 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 344 offences and a difference of 2.82 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Royston's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Royston Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Royston This Year

 RoystonSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18417.2934,85824.7443% safer
Bicycle Theft30.288860.63125% safer
Burglary423.9510,0317.1280% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15414.4714,69110.4328% more dangerous
Drugs181.693,9992.8468% safer
Other Crime343.204,3183.064.4% more dangerous
Other Theft585.459,0806.4418% safer
Possession of Weapons111.031,5391.096% safer
Public Order11711.0014,28310.148% more dangerous
Robbery40.381,3190.94147% safer
Shoplifting282.636,6874.7581% safer
Vehicle Crime272.5410,1857.23185% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37435.1548,40334.352.3% more dangerous

Royston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North and South Anston51655.8746% safer
Aston cum Aughton87757.3543% safer
Stocksbridge79158.8839% safer
Edlington55168.1820% safer
Armthorpe1,10276.507% safer
Royston87081.77-
Rossington1,11881.870.12% more dangerous
Maltby1,40385.174.0% more dangerous
Dinnington St. John's79988.017% more dangerous
Adwick le Street1,65589.849% more dangerous
Thurcroft77393.5713% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Royston

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Recent Crimes in Royston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ruston DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruston DriveAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Winmarith CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Winmarith CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near West PinfoldOffender given a caution
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Doles AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Croft AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Chantry GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Rowland StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manor DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church HillFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Wellfield GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Public orderOn or near Milgate StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milgate StreetLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milgate StreetLocal resolution

Royston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27231317Safer
Bicycle Theft0.280.380.190.28Safer
Burglary1310134.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12101214Getting worse
Drugs1.10.851.91.7Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.22.23.2Getting worse
Other Theft8875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.190.561.0Getting worse
Public Order66811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.750.560.750.38Safer
Shoplifting4.73.12.62.6Safer
Vehicle Crime64.14.72.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28313235Getting worse

Changes In Royston's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Royston's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Royston that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Royston Park4-2-401.3

Comparing Royston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7121% safer
Coventry77.416% safer
Royston81.77-
Croydon83.221.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.814.7% more dangerous
Bristol86.215% more dangerous
Leicester97.4416% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1040% more dangerous

Crime in Royston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Royston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Royston saw a 500% increase in shoplifting. Royston saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+7%+475%+90%-19%+28%+8%-13%+275%-10%
Burglary-60%-76%-93%-86%-75%-67%-25%-86%-25%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+200%-56%-36%+33%-50%+18%+167%+108%-27%-15%
Drugs-67%----67%-----
Other Crime-+200%-50%+200%-67%+25%+100%+67%+200%-
Other Theft+33%-50%-63%-40%+100%+20%-50%-20%-20%-67%
Possession of Weapons------50%--+100%-
Public Order--57%+300%+50%+100%+100%-31%+133%+50%+150%
Robbery---50%-------
Shoplifting----33%+500%-50%+200%-70%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-83%-83%-80%-75%--20%-83%+100%-20%+150%
Violence and Sexual Offences+130%-35%+14%+11%+54%+100%-29%-28%+3%-29%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Royston

What police force serves Royston?
Royston's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Royston?
Royston is among the top 20 safest small towns in South Yorkshire.
What is Royston's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Royston are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Royston?
Royston's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021