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Crime and Safety in Hemsworth

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Hemsworth is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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 Hemsworth in 2021 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hemsworth is the 39th most dangerous small town, and the 325th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Hemsworth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Hemsworth residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.92 per 1,000 residents. Hemsworth recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hemsworth are violence and sexual offences, with 818 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 58. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 733 offences and a difference of 6.02 from 2020's crime rate of 52. Hemsworth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Hemsworth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

20% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

37% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hemsworth is 20% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 37% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hemsworth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hemsworth 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 Hemsworth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211221,718
20201131,592
20191151,619
20181081,531
2017981,380
2016831,175

Crime in Hemsworth Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Hemsworth This Year

 HemsworthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15310.8237,27115.98 48% safer
Bicycle Theft60.421,8150.78 86% safer
Burglary735.1611,8695.09 1.4% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson18613.1625,78711.06 16% more dangerous
Drugs241.707,8663.37 98% safer
Other Crime362.556,2402.68 5% safer
Other Theft856.0117,2507.40 23% safer
Possession of Weapons151.062,1340.91 14% more dangerous
Public Order25818.2537,73016.18 11% more dangerous
Robbery60.422,2520.97 131% safer
Shoplifting1369.6212,8335.50 43% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.502,2220.95 90% safer
Vehicle Crime684.8113,2225.67 18% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences81857.87122,10552.35 10% more dangerous

Hemsworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Todmorden1,56597.6125% safer
Featherstone1,814104.6216% safer
Clayton927110.2810% safer
South Elmsall837111.329% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,383119.092.0% safer
Hemsworth1,718121.53-
Heckmondwike1,645130.647% more dangerous
Cleckheaton1,520135.0410% more dangerous
Knottingley1,899136.1111% more dangerous
Trident3,422163.4626% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hemsworth

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Recent Crimes in Hemsworth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grove Lea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Central AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Highfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Second AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Lavender CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holly StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hague CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hawthorne AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grove AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lane Ends CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sycamore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grove Lea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Regent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hilmian WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Plimsoll StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Hemsworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21142011 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.570.570.710.42 Safer
Burglary9775 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13101413 Getting worse
Drugs1.11.82.31.7 Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.82.52.6 Getting worse
Other Theft91086 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.10.991.1 Getting worse
Public Order11121218 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.780.920.42 Safer
Shoplifting811810 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.500.500.50 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8854.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44505258 Getting worse

Changes In Hemsworth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hemsworth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Hemsworth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Fitzwilliam Country Park7-1--00.12
Vale Head Park1---120.29

Comparing Hemsworth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0881% safer
Croydon82.4847% safer
Sheffield90.0535% safer
Bristol90.5234% safer
Coventry102.2419% safer
Leicester111.599% safer
Hemsworth121.53-
Liverpool123.061.2% more dangerous
Birmingham129.646% more dangerous
Bradford132.288% more dangerous
Leeds150.9419% more dangerous

Crime in Hemsworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hemsworth Town1,084129First
Kinsley & Fitzwilliam707110Second

Crime in Hemsworth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hemsworth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Hemsworth saw a 222% increase in anti-social behaviour. Hemsworth saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+222%+175%+90%+93%+167%-8%+63%+138%+25%-71%
Bicycle Theft---------50%-
Burglary+83%-43%-25%+100%+11%-21%+22%-+120%-64%
Criminal Damage and Arson+36%-+180%+83%+21%-6%-+33%+54%-
Drugs+200%+150%--50%+33%--75%-50%+100%-
Other Crime+25%-40%-83%+200%+67%+100%-40%--40%+100%
Other Theft--62%-18%--15%+30%-13%-55%-33%-67%
Possession of Weapons---75%--67%+200%----
Public Order+56%-18%-10%+64%----27%+58%-18%
Robbery-----50%-----
Shoplifting--80%-86%-+18%-40%-69%-17%-16%-50%
Theft From the Person----50%+100%-50%----
Vehicle Crime+60%+20%--86%+20%-73%-58%-36%-25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+34%-9%-3%-5%+22%-+4%+12%-2%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hemsworth

What police force serves Hemsworth?
Hemsworth's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Hemsworth?
Hemsworth is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in West Yorkshire.

What is Hemsworth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hemsworth are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Hemsworth?
Hemsworth's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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