Ackworth Crime Overview

Ackworth is among the top 5 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 38th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ackworth in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 119% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ackworth is the 366th safest small town, and the 3,324th 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 161 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 2.5% lower than 2019's figure of 165 offences and a difference of 0.50 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Ackworth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Ackworth Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Ackworth This Year

 AckworthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour364.5348,24020.68357% safer
Bicycle Theft10.131,7620.76485% safer
Burglary253.1415,1026.47106% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson293.6525,48710.93199% safer
Drugs91.138,3433.58217% safer
Other Crime91.136,6132.84151% safer
Other Theft435.4116,3707.0230% safer
Possession of Weapons30.382,1200.91139% safer
Public Order405.0330,32813.00158% safer
Robbery10.132,4431.05708% safer
Shoplifting364.5311,6474.9910% safer
Vehicle Crime212.6413,6605.86122% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16120.25107,15745.94127% safer

Ackworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alwoodley23126.7378% safer
Ripponden30438.8322% safer
Crigglestone40541.3615% safer
Denby Dale71742.8911% safer
Ackworth37847.55-
Clayton40247.820.56% more dangerous
Ilkley73349.493.9% more dangerous
Silsden42751.097% more dangerous
Garforth73951.097% more dangerous
Otley70651.237% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ackworth

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Ackworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour89114.5Safer
Bicycle Theft0.250.38-0.13Safer
Burglary3.44.063.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.453.53.6Safer
Drugs0.630.380.251.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.01.01.1Getting worse
Other Theft16975Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.130.130.38Getting worse
Public Order63.655Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.630.130.13Safer
Shoplifting4.62.554.5Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.44.552.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16172120Getting worse

Changes In Ackworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ackworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ackworth47.55-
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Ackworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ackworth & Darrington57852First

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 5 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021