Ossett Crime Overview

Ossett is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 59th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ossett in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 57% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ossett is the 240th most dangerous small town, and the 1,658th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Ossett was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Ossett residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Ossett recorded 14 reports of vehicle crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.64 the worst small town for vehicle crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ossett are violence and sexual offences, with 710 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 3.5% higher than 2019's figure of 685 offences and a difference of 1.14 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Ossett's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 183% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Crime in Ossett Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Ossett This Year

 OssettWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35416.0948,24020.6829% safer
Bicycle Theft90.411,7620.7685% safer
Burglary1024.6415,1026.4739% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1406.3625,48710.9372% safer
Drugs231.058,3433.58241% safer
Other Crime421.916,6132.8449% safer
Other Theft894.0416,3707.0274% safer
Possession of Weapons80.362,1200.91153% safer
Public Order1667.5430,32813.0072% safer
Robbery60.272,4431.05289% safer
Shoplifting321.4511,6474.99244% safer
Theft From the Person80.362,0400.87142% safer
Vehicle Crime1245.6413,6605.863.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences71032.27107,15745.9442% safer

Ossett Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Otley70651.2329% safer
Kippax56059.5111% safer
Trident1,28161.198% safer
Meltham54861.228% safer
Guiseley81466.070.35% safer
Ossett1,45966.30-
Horsforth1,33367.441.7% more dangerous
Mirfield1,34967.642.0% more dangerous
Horbury72068.142.7% more dangerous
Bingley1,53468.943.8% more dangerous
Rothwell1,34169.754.9% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ossett

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Ossett Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18151416Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.450.410.410.41Safer
Burglary654.14.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7886Safer
Drugs0.450.361.11.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.61.51.9Getting worse
Other Theft564.04.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.050.410.550.36Getting worse
Public Order6788Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.500.770.27Safer
Shoplifting3.02.22.41.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.140.180.36Getting worse
Vehicle Crime794.46Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21293132Getting worse

Changes In Ossett's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ossett to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ossett66.30-
Barnet67.712.1% more dangerous
Coventry77.4114% more dangerous
Croydon83.2220% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Ossett During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ossett change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Ossett saw a 1,100% increase in burglary. Ossett saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 91% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-26%-9%+29%+39%+68%+50%+28%-14%-22%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+375%+44%-8%-80%---25%+17%-11%+1,100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-70%-+167%-53%+7%-20%-22%-60%-25%
Drugs-+100%--+100%---+300%-25%
Other Crime-25%+300%--20%+100%+200%--33%+350%-
Other Theft+25%-33%+71%+29%-9%+38%+20%+100%-29%-45%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------50%
Public Order-50%-7%-52%-+6%+29%+54%-16%-58%+18%
Robbery-80%--------+100%
Shoplifting-50%--50%-+133%-40%-88%-20%-91%+300%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime+129%-+20%+29%-8%+125%+22%+75%-11%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%+4%-42%+3%+58%+3%+8%+31%-2%+4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ossett

What police force serves Ossett?
Ossett's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Ossett?
Ossett is among the top 20 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Ossett's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ossett are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ossett?
Ossett's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021