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Crime and Safety in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire

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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.

Dewsbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, West Yorkshire

22% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

38% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Dewsbury Crime Rate Over Time

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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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Historical Crime Rates for Dewsbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211248,239
20201238,185
20191358,934
20181318,699
20171127,437
2016976,437

Crime in Dewsbury Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Dewsbury This Year

 DewsburyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,21218.2737,27115.98 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft370.561,8150.78 39% safer
Burglary3425.1511,8695.09 1.2% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson82912.4925,78711.06 11% more dangerous
Drugs1702.567,8663.37 32% safer
Other Crime2073.126,2402.68 14% more dangerous
Other Theft4606.9317,2507.40 7% safer
Possession of Weapons510.772,1340.91 18% safer
Public Order1,34120.2137,73016.18 20% more dangerous
Robbery861.302,2520.97 25% more dangerous
Shoplifting2313.4812,8335.50 58% safer
Theft From the Person691.042,2220.95 9% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4486.7513,2225.67 16% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,96859.80122,10552.35 12% more dangerous

Dewsbury Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Huddersfield17,370101.1023% safer
Dewsbury8,239124.18-
Wakefield14,258132.586% more dangerous
Halifax13,650146.9015% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dewsbury

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Recent Crimes in Dewsbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Calder RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hollins RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Walker GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chickenley LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Moorcroft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pilgrim AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glebe GateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NorthsteadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cross Foundry StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wakefield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Smallwood GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Highfield TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Manor GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Manor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windsor ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pit LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Dewsbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28272218 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.570.570.470.56 Safer
Burglary9865 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151312 Safer
Drugs2.82.42.92.6 Getting worse
Other Crime2.93.43.73.1 Getting worse
Other Theft9977 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.41.10.77 Safer
Public Order15181920 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.81.51.41.3 Safer
Shoplifting1194.83.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.50.811.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime101077 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50565760 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0885% safer
Croydon82.4851% safer
Sheffield90.0538% safer
Bristol90.5237% safer
Coventry102.2421% safer
Leicester111.5911% safer
Liverpool123.060.91% safer
Dewsbury124.18-
Birmingham129.644.2% more dangerous
Bradford132.286% more dangerous
Leeds150.9418% 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 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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Dewsbury Central & Westborough1,804242First
Dewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown932133Third
Dewsbury Moor Upper984150Second
Dewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees91283Seventh
Earlsheaton & Chickenley91293Sixth
Ravensthorpe1,162126Fourth
Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton617101Fifth

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 (94)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (193)
Bicycle TheftDewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown (1)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (16)
BurglaryRavensthorpe (27)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (121)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (81)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (161)
DrugsEarlsheaton & Chickenley (14)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (59)
Other CrimeShaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (10)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (47)
Other TheftEarlsheaton & Chickenley (45)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (116)
Possession of WeaponsEarlsheaton & Chickenley (5)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (12)
Public OrderDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (131)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (324)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Shaw Cross & Hanging Heaton (2)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (29)
ShopliftingDewsbury Moor Lower & Westtown (4)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (112)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Earlsheaton & Chickenley (1)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (39)
Vehicle CrimeEarlsheaton & Chickenley (35)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (100)
Violence and Sexual OffencesDewsbury Savile Town & Thornhill Lees (437)Dewsbury Central & Westborough (668)

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%+2%-21%-30%-27%-20%-16%+16%+27%
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%-35%-17%+10%-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%-12%-41%+39%-42%
Possession of Weapons-22%---73%-55%-85%-20%+100%+14%-43%
Public Order+5%-5%+44%+20%-6%+13%-6%-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+3%-10%+11%+4%-8%+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 safest 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.

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