Knottingley Crime Overview

Knottingley is the most dangerous small town in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Knottingley in 2020 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Knottingley is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 223rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Knottingley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 21 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Knottingley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Knottingley recorded 30 reports of public order during August 2020, making its crime rate of 2.2 the worst small town for public order in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Knottingley are violence and sexual offences, with 779 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 4.2% higher than 2019's figure of 746 offences and a difference of 2.36 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Knottingley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Knottingley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Knottingley This Year

 KnottingleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35525.4448,24020.6819% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.651,7620.7617% safer
Burglary1107.8815,1026.4718% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson24917.8525,48710.9339% more dangerous
Drugs553.948,3433.589% more dangerous
Other Crime493.516,6132.8419% more dangerous
Other Theft1178.3916,3707.0216% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.862,1200.916% safer
Public Order22516.1330,32813.0019% more dangerous
Robbery141.002,4431.055% safer
Shoplifting483.4411,6474.9945% safer
Theft From the Person80.572,0400.8753% safer
Vehicle Crime1097.8113,6605.8625% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences77955.83107,15745.9418% more dangerous

Knottingley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,269109.2717% safer
Hemsworth1,592112.6214% safer
Cleckheaton1,271112.9213% safer
Featherstone1,980114.1912% safer
South Elmsall871115.8410% safer
Knottingley1,784127.87-

Crime Over Time in Knottingley

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Knottingley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46303325Safer
Bicycle Theft0.861.00.860.65Safer
Burglary1311108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19212618Safer
Drugs2.32.31.63.9Getting worse
Other Crime3.84.43.93.5Safer
Other Theft1012118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.790.860.86Getting worse
Public Order12121816Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.431.40.571.0Getting worse
Shoplifting873.43.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.570.650.57Safer
Vehicle Crime131188Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34495356Getting worse

Changes In Knottingley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Knottingley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7189% safer
Coventry77.4165% safer
Croydon83.2254% safer
Sheffield85.8149% safer
Bristol86.2148% safer
Leicester97.4431% safer
Birmingham102.8724% safer
Liverpool107.2819% safer
Knottingley127.87-
Bradford133.023.9% more dangerous
Leeds137.107% more dangerous

Crime in Knottingley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Knottingley725116First

Crime in Knottingley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Knottingley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Knottingley saw a 500% increase in drugs. Knottingley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 81% compared to May in 2019. Rates of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Knottingley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-38%+14%-38%-6%-7%-16%-15%-21%-30%-40%
Bicycle Theft---+200%------
Burglary+25%-54%-8%-9%-27%+38%-58%-+30%+125%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-39%-58%-28%-46%-36%-30%+29%-48%-56%
Drugs+200%+100%+500%+100%+400%-+200%---
Other Crime-+20%+100%+100%-57%+133%+20%--13%-40%
Other Theft-23%-50%+40%+8%-50%-64%-47%+21%--29%
Possession of Weapons--50%---+100%---67%-
Public Order-35%-22%+85%+35%-50%--23%+53%-55%+43%
Robbery-----+100%---50%-
Shoplifting-67%----27%+200%-67%+350%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+200%-54%-81%+17%-20%+57%-29%-44%-+63%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+22%+18%+32%-7%-1%+6%+3%-25%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Knottingley

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021