Hemsworth Crime Overview

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 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hemsworth in 2020 was 113 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 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hemsworth is the 35th most dangerous small town, and the 336th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Hemsworth was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Hemsworth residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Hemsworth recorded 3 reports of robbery during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for robbery in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Hemsworth are violence and sexual offences, with 733 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 3.7% higher than 2019's figure of 706 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2019's crime rate of 50. Hemsworth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Hemsworth Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Hemsworth This Year

 HemsworthWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27619.5248,24020.686% safer
Bicycle Theft100.711,7620.767% safer
Burglary997.0015,1026.478% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19313.6525,48710.9320% more dangerous
Drugs322.268,3433.5858% safer
Other Crime352.486,6132.8415% safer
Other Theft1107.7816,3707.0210% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.992,1200.918% more dangerous
Public Order16911.9630,32813.009% safer
Robbery130.922,4431.0514% safer
Shoplifting1067.5011,6474.9933% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.502,0400.8774% safer
Vehicle Crime715.0213,6605.8617% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences73351.85107,15745.9411% more dangerous

Hemsworth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Liversedge1,61489.2126% safer
Elland1,45389.3926% safer
Normanton2,14198.8914% safer
Heckmondwike1,343106.666% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,269109.273.1% safer
Hemsworth1,592112.62-
Cleckheaton1,271112.920.27% more dangerous
Featherstone1,980114.191.4% more dangerous
South Elmsall871115.842.8% more dangerous
Knottingley1,784127.8712% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hemsworth

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Hemsworth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27211420Safer
Bicycle Theft0.710.570.570.71Getting worse
Burglary7977Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11131014Getting worse
Drugs0.641.11.82.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.72.12.82.5Safer
Other Theft109108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.501.11.10.99Getting worse
Public Order9111212Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.850.500.780.92Getting worse
Shoplifting108118Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.570.500.50Getting worse
Vehicle Crime7885Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37445052Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7166% safer
Coventry77.4145% safer
Croydon83.2235% safer
Sheffield85.8131% safer
Bristol86.2131% safer
Leicester97.4416% safer
Birmingham102.879% safer
Liverpool107.285.0% safer
Hemsworth112.62-
Bradford133.0215% more dangerous
Leeds137.1018% more dangerous

Crime in Hemsworth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hemsworth Town1,002120First
Kinsley & Fitzwilliam655102Second

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 towns 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021