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Crime and Safety in Ackworth

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Ackworth is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 40th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ackworth in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 106% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ackworth is the 396th safest small town, and the 2,763rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2018, Ackworth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for theft from the person, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Ackworth are violence and sexual offences, with 220 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 161 offences and a difference of 7.42 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Ackworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Ackworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

77% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

40% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ackworth is 77% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 40% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ackworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ackworth 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 Ackworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202155435
202048378
201954430
201849390
201756444
201650397

Crime in Ackworth Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ackworth This Year

 AckworthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour313.9037,27115.98 310% safer
Burglary232.8911,8695.09 76% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson324.0325,78711.06 174% safer
Drugs70.887,8663.37 283% safer
Other Crime131.646,2402.68 63% safer
Other Theft263.2717,2507.40 126% safer
Possession of Weapons10.132,1340.91 600% safer
Public Order536.6737,73016.18 143% safer
Robbery20.252,2520.97 288% safer
Shoplifting243.0212,8335.50 82% safer
Vehicle Crime344.2813,2225.67 32% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22027.67122,10552.35 89% safer

Ackworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alwoodley37543.3926% safer
Ripponden35345.0921% safer
Silsden40548.4613% safer
Garforth74251.307% safer
Otley74954.350.68% safer
Ackworth43554.72-
Ilkley82255.501.4% more dangerous
Meltham53559.768% more dangerous
Guiseley76261.8512% more dangerous
Kippax61265.0416% more dangerous
Horsforth1,32967.2419% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ackworth

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Recent Crimes in Ackworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Howard DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hawthorne RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Barnsdale WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brookfield DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Barnsley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cricketers CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wentworth MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coopers CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heaton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Green LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hawthorne RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near York PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Barnsley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coopers CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Green LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel GarthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Dicky Sykes LaneFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Rhyddings DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ackworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9114.53.9 Safer
Burglary4.063.12.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson53.53.64.0 Safer
Drugs0.380.251.10.88 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.01.11.6 Getting worse
Other Theft9753.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.130.380.13No change
Public Order3.6557 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.630.130.130.25 Safer
Shoplifting2.554.53.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.552.64.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17212028 Getting worse

Changes In Ackworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ackworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ackworth54.72-
Barnet67.0818% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2446% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Ackworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ackworth & Darrington66459First

Crime in Ackworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ackworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Ackworth saw a 300% increase in criminal damage and arson. Ackworth saw a large fall in burglary during October, when it fell by 86% compared to October in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Ackworth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-67%+100%-50%+75%-78%--78%-82%+25%+200%
Burglary--50%-50%-75%-50%-75%-75%-86%-60%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-33%-50%+133%-50%+200%+100%-40%+300%-
Drugs--+100%-------
Other Crime-------75%+200%--
Other Theft-33%-40%+100%-83%-+17%+33%--50%-33%
Public Order+150%--20%+75%+50%+50%-60%-86%-50%-80%
Shoplifting+150%-67%-----50%-75%+20%-
Vehicle Crime--60%-67%+150%-60%---60%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-56%-13%+29%-45%+64%+200%-33%-25%+80%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ackworth

What police force serves Ackworth?
Ackworth's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Ackworth?
Ackworth is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Ackworth?
Ackworth's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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