Meltham Crime Overview

Meltham is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 54th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Meltham in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 70% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Meltham is the 302nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,994th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2016, Meltham was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2015 was also a bad month for Meltham residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 2.7 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Meltham are violence and sexual offences, with 250 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 207 offences and a difference of 4.81 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Meltham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 83% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Summary of Crimes in Meltham This Year

 MelthamWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour869.6148,24020.68115% safer
Burglary323.5715,1026.4781% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson444.9225,48710.93122% safer
Drugs141.568,3433.58129% safer
Other Crime101.126,6132.84154% safer
Other Theft606.7016,3707.024.8% safer
Possession of Weapons60.672,1200.9136% safer
Public Order657.2630,32813.0079% safer
Shoplifting192.1211,6474.99135% safer
Vehicle Crime485.3613,6605.869% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25027.93107,15745.9464% safer

Crime in Meltham Compared To West Yorkshire

Meltham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Silsden42751.0920% safer
Garforth73951.0920% safer
Otley70651.2320% safer
Kippax56059.512.9% safer
Trident1,28161.190.05% safer
Meltham54861.22-
Guiseley81466.077% more dangerous
Ossett1,45966.308% more dangerous
Horsforth1,33367.449% more dangerous
Mirfield1,34967.649% more dangerous
Horbury72068.1410% more dangerous

Meltham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1711810Safer
Burglary4.94.563.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1064.24.9Safer
Drugs0.450.780.671.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.20.671.1Getting worse
Other Theft5877Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.110.340.110.67Getting worse
Public Order3.44.067Getting worse
Shoplifting54.03.72.1Safer
Vehicle Crime6675Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17212328Getting worse

Changes In Meltham's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Meltham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Meltham61.22-
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Meltham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Meltham55262First

Crime in Meltham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Meltham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Meltham saw a 300% increase in anti-social behaviour. Meltham saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 89% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+300%+133%+14%-23%-13%-20%-+75%+133%
Burglary-56%-88%-33%-86%-67%-67%+200%-33%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-40%+100%+300%--43%-25%-80%--+150%
Drugs+100%-------+100%-50%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+17%-63%-20%-67%-50%-57%+250%-40%-17%-
Public Order+125%-50%+125%--60%+18%+300%+200%+67%-40%
Shoplifting-50%----+200%--25%--
Vehicle Crime-25%-57%-75%-89%----13%-33%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+117%--+138%-32%-15%+178%+28%+111%-58%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Meltham

What police force serves Meltham?
Meltham's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Meltham?
Meltham is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Meltham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Meltham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Meltham?
Meltham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021