Kirkburton Crime Overview

Kirkburton is the safest medium-sized town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kirkburton in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 230% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kirkburton is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns, and the 5,291st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Kirkburton are violence and sexual offences, with 370 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 319 offences and a difference of 1.95 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Kirkburton's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Kirkburton Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Kirkburton This Year

 KirkburtonWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1806.8948,24020.68200% safer
Bicycle Theft30.111,7620.76591% safer
Burglary772.9515,1026.47119% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson833.1825,48710.93244% safer
Drugs160.618,3433.58487% safer
Other Crime120.466,6132.84517% safer
Other Theft682.6016,3707.02170% safer
Possession of Weapons70.272,1200.91237% safer
Public Order1033.9430,32813.00230% safer
Robbery10.042,4431.052525% safer
Shoplifting371.4211,6474.99251% safer
Theft From the Person10.042,0400.872075% safer
Vehicle Crime471.8013,6605.86226% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37014.17107,15745.94224% safer

Kirkburton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holme Valley1,43252.0539% more dangerous
Pudsey2,44772.4756% more dangerous
Brighouse2,66878.7660% more dangerous
Pontefract3,076100.7169% more dangerous
Morley3,178103.7770% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kirkburton

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Kirkburton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour64.33.67Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.040.08-0.11Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson3.
Drugs0.190.340.310.61Getting worse
Other Crime0.650.540.650.46Safer
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0. worse
Public Order1. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.08-0.040.04Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences7131214Getting worse

Changes In Kirkburton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Kirkburton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7153% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4468% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2871% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Kirkburton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kirkburton & Farnley Tyas31045Third
Lepton, Grange Moor & Flockton30647Second
Shelley & Shepley20733Fourth

Kirkburton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Kirkburton for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourShelley & Shepley (35)Lepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (91)
Bicycle TheftLepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (1)Kirkburton & Farnley Tyas (7)
BurglaryShelley & Shepley (23)Kirkheaton (31)
Criminal Damage and ArsonKirkheaton (16)Lepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (33)
DrugsKirkheaton (4)Lepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (5)
Other CrimeLepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (3)Kirkburton & Farnley Tyas (8)
Other TheftLepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (19)Kirkheaton (52)
Possession of WeaponsKirkburton & Farnley Tyas (2)Kirkheaton (8)
Public OrderShelley & Shepley (28)Kirkheaton (49)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Kirkheaton (3)Kirkheaton (3)
ShopliftingLepton, Grange Moor & Flockton (1)Kirkheaton (31)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Kirkburton & Farnley Tyas (1)Kirkheaton (3)
Vehicle CrimeKirkburton & Farnley Tyas (12)Kirkheaton (26)
Violence and Sexual OffencesShelley & Shepley (73)Kirkheaton (178)

Crime in Kirkburton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kirkburton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Kirkburton saw a 2,350% increase in anti-social behaviour. Kirkburton saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 89% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+43%+13%+2,350%+67%+50%+133%-60%+83%+567%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%+100%-71%+133%-36%-56%-13%-67%+11%+40%
Other Crime-+100%+100%-80%----33%--
Other Theft-29%----9%-14%-67%-33%-17%-50%
Possession of Weapons----50%------
Public Order-11%+120%+14%+233%+67%+157%-10%-69%+80%-
Vehicle Crime+67%---73%-63%-67%+60%-25%-79%-57%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%+32%+24%+35%-15%+128%+14%-6%+132%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kirkburton

What police force serves Kirkburton?
Kirkburton's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Kirkburton?
Kirkburton is the safest medium-sized town in West Yorkshire.
What is Kirkburton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Kirkburton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Kirkburton?
Kirkburton's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021