Wombwell Crime Overview

Wombwell is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in South Yorkshire, and is the 45th most dangerous overall out of South Yorkshire's 110 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wombwell in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the South Yorkshire rate of 90 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wombwell is the 74th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 905th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Wombwell was the worst medium-sized town in South Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 38 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Wombwell residents, when it was South Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Wombwell recorded 8 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.32 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in South Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wombwell are violence and sexual offences, with 901 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 816 offences and a difference of 3.37 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Wombwell's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Wombwell Compared To South Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wombwell This Year

 WombwellSouth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour54421.5634,85824.7415% safer
Bicycle Theft90.368860.6375% safer
Burglary1495.9110,0317.1220% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson29611.7314,69110.4311% more dangerous
Drugs612.423,9992.8417% safer
Other Crime732.894,3183.066% safer
Other Theft1234.889,0806.4432% safer
Possession of Weapons230.911,5391.0920% safer
Public Order2349.2814,28310.149% safer
Robbery170.671,3190.9440% safer
Shoplifting431.706,6874.75179% safer
Theft From the Person40.168430.60275% safer
Vehicle Crime1475.8310,1857.2324% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences90135.7148,40334.353.8% more dangerous

Wombwell Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ecclesfield1,59451.5060% safer
Wath upon Dearne2,61672.0314% safer
Wombwell2,08082.44-
Bentley2,49091.2210% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wombwell

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Recent Crimes in Wombwell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Other theftOn or near Snowden TerraceLocal resolution
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Teal CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Teal CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rectory CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rectory CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Clarney AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Clarney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Summer LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Princess GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cover DriveLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brampton CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lombard CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lombard CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Owram StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021RobberyOn or near New StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South ViewUnable to prosecute suspect

Wombwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30241822Safer
Bicycle Theft0.360.320.280.36Getting worse
Burglary10876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131312Safer
Drugs0.590.670.712.4Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.22.72.9Getting worse
Other Theft5664.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.790.790.91Getting worse
Public Order6789Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.480.630.67Getting worse
Shoplifting3.95.051.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.400.240.16Safer
Vehicle Crime7786Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28303236Getting worse

Changes In Wombwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wombwell to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7122% safer
Coventry77.416% safer
Wombwell82.44-
Croydon83.220.94% more dangerous
Sheffield85.813.9% more dangerous
Bristol86.214.4% more dangerous
Leicester97.4415% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8720% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2823% more dangerous
Bradford133.0238% more dangerous
Leeds137.1040% more dangerous

Crime in Wombwell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wombwell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Wombwell saw a 400% increase in drugs. Wombwell saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Wombwell's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+63%+86%+9%+10%+10%+91%+13%+16%+130%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%----
Burglary+36%-38%+27%+30%-18%-73%-64%-29%-15%-53%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-13%+45%-54%-47%+67%+12%-41%-4%+9%
Drugs+300%-50%+400%+100%-+50%+400%+167%+350%+75%
Other Crime-+17%+25%--70%+14%+125%--+20%
Other Theft+22%-25%-20%-20%-33%-31%-23%-70%-32%-57%
Possession of Weapons-67%+200%-+100%+100%+50%+100%---
Public Order-5%-11%+53%+167%-29%+27%-12%-50%+23%+12%
Robbery-----+100%--50%--
Shoplifting-38%-73%-92%-40%-57%-88%--79%-85%-29%
Theft From the Person----50%------
Vehicle Crime-7%-79%-55%-41%-26%-13%+20%-53%-41%+91%
Violence and Sexual Offences+91%-23%+6%+44%-2%+23%-5%-12%-12%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wombwell

What police force serves Wombwell?
Wombwell's local territorial police force is the South Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Wombwell?
Wombwell is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in South Yorkshire.
What is Wombwell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wombwell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Wombwell?
Wombwell's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021