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Crime and Safety in Meltham

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Meltham is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 46th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Meltham in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 89% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Meltham is the 367th most dangerous small town, and the 2,271st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2016, Meltham was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for shoplifting, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 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 243 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 2.9% lower than 2020's figure of 250 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Meltham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Meltham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

62% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

28% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Meltham is 62% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 28% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Meltham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Meltham 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 Meltham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202160535
202061548
201959530
201857509
201754485
201667603

Crime in Meltham Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Meltham This Year

 MelthamWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour616.8137,27115.98 135% safer
Bicycle Theft10.111,8150.78 609% safer
Burglary364.0211,8695.09 27% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson546.0325,78711.06 83% safer
Drugs70.787,8663.37 332% safer
Other Crime171.906,2402.68 41% safer
Other Theft556.1417,2507.40 21% safer
Possession of Weapons30.342,1340.91 168% safer
Public Order849.3837,73016.18 72% safer
Robbery20.222,2520.97 341% safer
Shoplifting141.5612,8335.50 253% safer
Vehicle Crime192.1213,2225.67 167% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24327.14122,10552.35 93% safer

Meltham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Silsden40548.4623% safer
Garforth74251.3016% safer
Otley74954.3510% safer
Ackworth43554.729% safer
Ilkley82255.508% safer
Meltham53559.76-
Guiseley76261.853.4% more dangerous
Kippax61265.048% more dangerous
Horsforth1,32967.2411% more dangerous
Wetherby74167.8012% more dangerous
Yeadon1,37674.4820% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Meltham

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Recent Crimes in Meltham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Cranmer GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sunny Heys WestUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Green LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Station StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Helme LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Darnley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Weavers CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chain RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coniston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near OrangewoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harrington CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coniston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Copley AvenueOffender given a caution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Highfield LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Weavers CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coniston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Meltham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour118107 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.11--0.11 Safer
Burglary4.563.64.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.24.96 Safer
Drugs0.780.671.60.78 Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.671.11.9 Getting worse
Other Theft8776 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.110.670.34 Getting worse
Public Order4.0679 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.670.45-0.22 Safer
Shoplifting4.03.72.11.6 Safer
Vehicle Crime6752.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21232827 Getting worse

Changes In Meltham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Meltham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Meltham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Meltham Hall Park----100.27

Comparing Meltham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Meltham59.76-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Meltham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Meltham54661First

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 10 safest small town 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 crime is bicycle theft.

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