Dewsbury is the second safest major town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dewsbury in 2021 was 124 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dewsbury is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 303rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In December 2021, Dewsbury was the worst major town in West Yorkshire for robbery, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Dewsbury residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous major town for theft from the person, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Dewsbury recorded 45 reports of vehicle crime during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.68 the worst major town for vehicle crime in West Yorkshire that month.
The most common crimes in Dewsbury are violence and sexual offences, with 3,968 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 60. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 3,760 offences and a difference of 3.13 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Dewsbury's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 37 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 16% from 2020's figure of 31 crimes.
Major Towns, West Yorkshire
22% higher, regional crime rate
Yorkshire and The Humber
38% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Dewsbury is 22% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Dewsbury 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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,212||18.27||37,271||15.98||13% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||37||0.56||1,815||0.78||39% safer|
|Burglary||342||5.15||11,869||5.09||1.2% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||829||12.49||25,787||11.06||11% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||207||3.12||6,240||2.68||14% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||460||6.93||17,250||7.40||7% safer|
|Possession of Weapons||51||0.77||2,134||0.91||18% safer|
|Public Order||1,341||20.21||37,730||16.18||20% more dangerous|
|Robbery||86||1.30||2,252||0.97||25% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||69||1.04||2,222||0.95||9% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||448||6.75||13,222||5.67||16% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||3,968||59.80||122,105||52.35||12% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Calder Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Hollins Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Walker Green||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Chickenley Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near The Crescent||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Moorcroft Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Pilgrim Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Glebe Gate||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Northstead||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Market Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Cross Foundry Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Wakefield Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Smallwood Gardens||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Highfield Terrace||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Church Walk||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Manor Gardens||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Bus/Coach Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Manor Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Windsor View||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Pit Lane||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||15||15||13||12||Safer|
|Other Crime||2.9||3.4||3.7||3.1||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||1.1||1.4||1.1||0.77||Safer|
|Public Order||15||18||19||20||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.8||1.5||1.4||1.3||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.4||1.5||0.81||1.0||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||50||56||57||60||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Dewsbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Carr House Park||-||-||1||-||2||0||10|
|Crow Nest Park||11||2||5||2||11||14||2.5|
|Rock House Recreation Ground||-||-||-||-||2||1||2.3|
|The Markazi Mosque||-||-||-||-||1||1||1.0|
|Major Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Birmingham||129.64||4.2% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||6% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||18% more dangerous|
Dewsbury Central & Westborough is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Dewsbury, followed by Dewsbury Moor Upper in second place, and Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown 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.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Dewsbury Central & Westborough||1,804||242||First|
|Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown||932||133||Third|
|Dewsbury Moor Upper||984||150||Second|
|Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees||912||83||Seventh|
|Earlsheaton & Chickenley||912||93||Sixth|
|Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton||617||101||Fifth|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Dewsbury for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (94)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (193)|
|Bicycle Theft||Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown (1)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (16)|
|Burglary||Ravensthorpe (27)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (121)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (81)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (161)|
|Drugs||Earlsheaton & Chickenley (14)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (59)|
|Other Crime||Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (10)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (47)|
|Other Theft||Earlsheaton & Chickenley (45)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (116)|
|Possession of Weapons||Earlsheaton & Chickenley (5)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (12)|
|Public Order||Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (131)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (324)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (2)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (29)|
|Shoplifting||Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown (4)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (112)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Earlsheaton & Chickenley (1)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (39)|
|Vehicle Crime||Earlsheaton & Chickenley (35)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (100)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (437)||Dewsbury Central & Westborough (668)|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-1%||-46%||-3%||+7%||-35%||-17%||+10%||-20%||-24%||-23%|
|Possession of Weapons||-22%||-||-||-73%||-55%||-85%||-20%||+100%||+14%||-43%|
|Theft From the Person||-81%||-30%||-33%||-||-20%||-58%||+25%||-50%||-||+50%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+3%||-10%||+11%||+4%||-8%||+14%||-6%||+3%||-8%||-1%|