Featherstone Crime Overview

Featherstone is the third most dangerous small town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Featherstone in 2020 was 114 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 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Featherstone is the 33rd most dangerous small town, and the 323rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Featherstone was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for drugs, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.63 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Featherstone residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Featherstone recorded 4 reports of possession of weapons during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Featherstone are violence and sexual offences, with 921 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 20% higher than 2019's figure of 733 offences and a difference of 10.85 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Featherstone's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 20% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Featherstone This Year

 FeatherstoneWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32018.4648,24020.6812% safer
Bicycle Theft80.461,7620.7665% safer
Burglary864.9615,1026.4730% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19711.3625,48710.933.8% more dangerous
Drugs1307.508,3433.5852% more dangerous
Other Crime573.296,6132.8414% more dangerous
Other Theft1056.0616,3707.0216% safer
Possession of Weapons130.752,1200.9121% safer
Public Order27215.6930,32813.0017% more dangerous
Robbery100.582,4431.0581% safer
Shoplifting864.9611,6474.990.60% safer
Theft From the Person50.292,0400.87200% safer
Vehicle Crime905.1913,6605.8613% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences92153.12107,15745.9414% more dangerous

Crime in Featherstone Compared To West Yorkshire

Featherstone Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Normanton2,14198.8915% safer
Heckmondwike1,343106.667% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,269109.274.5% safer
Hemsworth1,592112.621.4% safer
Cleckheaton1,271112.921.1% safer
Featherstone1,980114.19-
South Elmsall871115.841.4% more dangerous
Knottingley1,784127.8711% more dangerous

Featherstone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26191518Safer
Bicycle Theft0.460.870.400.46Safer
Burglary7875.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121111Safer
Drugs884.38Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.83.43.3Getting worse
Other Theft8866Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.30.980.75Safer
Public Order8111216Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.401.20.58Safer
Shoplifting4.34.84.55.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.290.230.29Safer
Vehicle Crime7665Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32434253Getting worse

Changes In Featherstone's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Featherstone to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7169% safer
Coventry77.4148% safer
Croydon83.2237% safer
Sheffield85.8133% safer
Bristol86.2132% safer
Leicester97.4417% safer
Birmingham102.8711% safer
Liverpool107.286% safer
Featherstone114.19-
Bradford133.0214% more dangerous
Leeds137.1017% more dangerous

Crime in Featherstone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Featherstone1,085125First
Streethouse & Sharlston Common1,09595Second

Crime in Featherstone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Featherstone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Featherstone saw a 900% increase in drugs. Featherstone saw a large fall in robbery during August, when it fell by 75% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+29%-+60%+100%-37%+19%+71%+19%+33%
Bicycle Theft--+200%-------
Burglary-44%-67%+180%-38%-69%-30%-57%--27%+60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+55%+35%+46%-17%+64%-39%-+13%-52%
Drugs-56%+233%+900%+233%-+138%+14%-+180%+120%
Other Crime-33%-29%-+300%-+200%+200%+50%-25%-33%
Other Theft-25%+86%+9%+200%+83%+43%-36%---56%
Possession of Weapons---+300%-----67%-67%
Public Order+25%+115%+120%+150%-15%+38%-13%-5%+42%-
Robbery-----50%-75%-+100%--50%
Shoplifting+160%+25%+500%+40%+500%--42%+60%-73%-70%
Vehicle Crime+100%--67%-67%-38%---71%-9%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+54%+61%+59%+79%+80%+67%+7%+6%-19%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Featherstone

What police force serves Featherstone?
Featherstone's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Featherstone?
Featherstone is the third most dangerous small town in West Yorkshire.
What is Featherstone's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Featherstone are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Featherstone?
Featherstone's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021