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Crime and Safety in Knottingley, West Yorkshire

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Knottingley is the second most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Knottingley in 2021 was 136 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Knottingley is the 23rd most dangerous small town, and the 224th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Knottingley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for burglary, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Knottingley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Knottingley recorded 34 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2021, making its crime rate of 2.4 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Knottingley are violence and sexual offences, with 833 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 60. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 771 offences and a difference of 4.44 from 2020's crime rate of 55. Knottingley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 14% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Knottingley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

29% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Knottingley is 29% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Knottingley Crime Rate Over Time

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Knottingley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Knottingley 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 Knottingley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211361,899
20201261,759
20191361,903
20181321,846
20171171,633
20161141,594

Crime in Knottingley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Knottingley This Year

 KnottingleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31722.7237,27115.98 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.571,8150.78 37% safer
Burglary1128.0311,8695.09 37% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson26819.2125,78711.06 42% more dangerous
Drugs493.517,8663.37 4.0% more dangerous
Other Crime412.946,2402.68 9% more dangerous
Other Theft1047.4517,2507.40 0.67% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons141.002,1340.91 9% more dangerous
Public Order27519.7137,73016.18 18% more dangerous
Robbery191.362,2520.97 29% more dangerous
Shoplifting664.7312,8335.50 16% safer
Theft From the Person70.502,2220.95 90% safer
Vehicle Crime1037.3813,2225.67 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences83359.70122,10552.35 12% more dangerous

Knottingley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
South Elmsall837111.3222% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,383119.0914% safer
Hemsworth1,718121.5312% safer
Heckmondwike1,645130.644.2% safer
Cleckheaton1,520135.040.79% safer
Knottingley1,899136.11-
Trident3,422163.4617% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Knottingley

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Recent Crimes in Knottingley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near School DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kershaw LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lamb Inn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broomhill PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tenters CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hazel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bridge LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Quarry AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sowgate LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lyng CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ingram CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lowswater RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Elm PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Grenley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broomhill SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kershaw LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hazel RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near HillgarthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Knottingley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29332323 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.00.860.650.57 Safer
Burglary11988 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21261819 Safer
Drugs2.21.63.93.5 Getting worse
Other Crime4.43.93.52.9 Safer
Other Theft121187 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.790.860.861.0 Getting worse
Public Order12171620 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.40.571.01.4 Getting worse
Shoplifting73.43.44.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.650.570.50 Safer
Vehicle Crime11887 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48535560 Getting worse

Changes In Knottingley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Knottingley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08103% safer
Croydon82.4865% safer
Sheffield90.0551% safer
Bristol90.5250% safer
Coventry102.2433% safer
Leicester111.5922% safer
Liverpool123.0611% safer
Birmingham129.645.0% safer
Bradford132.282.9% safer
Knottingley136.11-
Leeds150.9410% more dangerous

Crime in Knottingley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Knottingley944150First

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-44%+4%-41%-17%-9%-24%-17%-30%-35%-41%
Bicycle Theft---+200%------
Burglary+17%-54%-8%-9%-27%+38%-53%+17%+20%+125%
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-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-31%-50%+20%--48%-64%-47%+21%+9%-29%
Possession of Weapons--50%---+100%---67%-
Public Order-39%-28%+85%+35%-53%+4%-23%+53%-55%+43%
Robbery-----+100%---50%-
Shoplifting-67%----27%+200%-67%+350%--
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+200%-54%-81%--20%+57%-25%-44%+13%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+18%+18%+32%-7%-1%+4%+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 second 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).

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