Dewsbury Crime Overview

Dewsbury is the second most dangerous major town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dewsbury in 2020 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dewsbury is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 245th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Dewsbury was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for other crime, with 37 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.56 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Dewsbury residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for robbery, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Dewsbury recorded 7 reports of theft from the person during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst major town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Dewsbury are violence and sexual offences, with 3,747 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 0.83% higher than 2019's figure of 3,716 offences and a difference of 0.46 from 2019's crime rate of 56. Dewsbury's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 31 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 23% from 2019's figure of 38 crimes.

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Crime in Dewsbury Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Dewsbury This Year

 DewsburyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,48522.3848,24020.688% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft310.471,7620.7662% safer
Burglary3865.8215,1026.4711% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson85212.8425,48710.9315% more dangerous
Drugs1932.918,3433.5823% safer
Other Crime2443.686,6132.8423% more dangerous
Other Theft4697.0716,3707.020.71% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons721.092,1200.9117% more dangerous
Public Order1,23518.6130,32813.0030% more dangerous
Robbery921.392,4431.0524% more dangerous
Shoplifting3174.7811,6474.994.4% safer
Theft From the Person540.812,0400.877% safer
Vehicle Crime4747.1413,6605.8618% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,74756.47107,15745.9419% more dangerous

Dewsbury Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield16,68997.1427% safer
Wakefield12,366114.987% safer
Dewsbury8,166123.08-
Halifax12,795137.6911% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dewsbury

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Dewsbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33282722Safer
Bicycle Theft0.600.570.570.47Safer
Burglary9986Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17151513Safer
Drugs1.52.82.42.9Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.93.43.7Getting worse
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.11.41.1Safer
Public Order11151819Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.81.51.4Safer
Shoplifting81194.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.41.50.81Safer
Vehicle Crime1110107Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38505656Getting worse

Changes In Dewsbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dewsbury's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Carr House Park--1-2010
Crow Nest Park1125211142.5
Rock House Recreation Ground----212.3
Staincliffe Park--2-204.0
The Markazi Mosque----111.0

Comparing Dewsbury to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7182% safer
Coventry77.4159% safer
Croydon83.2248% safer
Sheffield85.8143% safer
Bristol86.2143% safer
Leicester97.4426% safer
Birmingham102.8720% safer
Liverpool107.2815% safer
Dewsbury123.08-
Bradford133.027% more dangerous
Leeds137.1010% more dangerous

Crime in Dewsbury's Neighbourhoods

Dewsbury Central & Westborough is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Dewsbury, followed by Dewsbury Moor Upper in second place, and Ravensthorpe as the third most dangerous area. Dewsbury's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees, Earlsheaton & Chickenley, and Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dewsbury Central & Westborough1,725231First
Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown867124Fourth
Dewsbury Moor Upper982149Second
Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees87279Seventh
Earlsheaton & Chickenley1,001102Sixth
Ravensthorpe1,200130Third
Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton636104Fifth

Dewsbury Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Dewsbury for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (160)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (279)
Bicycle TheftEarlsheaton & Chickenley (1)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (6)
BurglaryRavensthorpe (38)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (78)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (96)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (146)
DrugsDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (20)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (52)
Other CrimeDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (26)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (50)
Other TheftDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (35)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (123)
Possession of WeaponsShaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (3)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (14)
Public OrderDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (121)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (299)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (8)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (41)
ShopliftingShaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (6)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (162)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dewsbury Moor Upper (1)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (36)
Vehicle CrimeRavensthorpe (39)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (102)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (389)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (616)

Crime in Dewsbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dewsbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Dewsbury saw a 600% increase in bicycle theft. Dewsbury saw a large fall in possession of weapons during August, when it fell by 85% compared to August in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Dewsbury's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%-13%+1%-22%-31%-28%-20%-16%+16%+26%
Bicycle Theft-+50%--33%-80%+600%-50%+33%--
Burglary-9%-42%-68%-31%-41%--50%+40%-6%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-46%-3%+7%-36%-20%+8%-20%-24%-23%
Drugs+50%+73%+80%-12%-47%+138%-7%-38%-25%+42%
Other Crime+164%-17%+10%--5%+54%+31%-14%-43%-37%
Other Theft-40%-26%-24%-11%--40%-10%-41%+39%-42%
Possession of Weapons-22%---73%-55%-85%-20%+100%+14%-43%
Public Order+5%-5%+44%+19%-6%+13%-5%-13%+10%-9%
Robbery+43%-11%--60%-13%-50%+50%-25%+550%-
Shoplifting-58%-53%-71%-79%-53%-38%-29%-59%+13%-13%
Theft From the Person-81%-30%-33%--20%-58%+25%-50%-+50%
Vehicle Crime+47%-6%-24%-54%-45%-50%-60%-9%-25%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-10%+10%+3%-9%+14%-6%+3%-8%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dewsbury

What police force serves Dewsbury?
Dewsbury's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Dewsbury?
Dewsbury is the second most dangerous major town in West Yorkshire.
What is Dewsbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Dewsbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Dewsbury?
Dewsbury's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021