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Crime and Safety in Ossett, West Yorkshire

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Ossett is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 53rd most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ossett in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 46% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ossett is the 192nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,206th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Ossett was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Ossett residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Ossett recorded 9 reports of other crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst small town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ossett are violence and sexual offences, with 841 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 710 offences and a difference of 5.95 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Ossett's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 80% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Ossett 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

25% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

1.3% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ossett is 25% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 1.3% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ossett Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ossett 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 Ossett

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021771,704
2020661,459
2019671,480
2018701,541
2017591,288
2016531,174

Crime in Ossett Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ossett This Year

 OssettWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25511.5937,27115.98 38% safer
Bicycle Theft50.231,8150.78 239% safer
Burglary733.3211,8695.09 53% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1275.7725,78711.06 92% safer
Drugs361.647,8663.37 105% safer
Other Crime442.006,2402.68 34% safer
Other Theft873.9517,2507.40 87% safer
Possession of Weapons100.452,1340.91 102% safer
Public Order27412.4537,73016.18 30% safer
Robbery90.412,2520.97 137% safer
Shoplifting994.5012,8335.50 22% safer
Theft From the Person70.322,2220.95 197% safer
Vehicle Crime924.1813,2225.67 36% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences84138.22122,10552.35 37% safer

Ossett Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Horsforth1,32967.2415% safer
Wetherby74167.8014% safer
Yeadon1,37674.484.0% safer
Bingley1,66674.873.4% safer
Baildon1,28177.020.55% safer
Ossett1,70477.44-
Hebden Royd74077.470.04% more dangerous
Mirfield1,59179.782.9% more dangerous
Horbury91086.1210% more dangerous
Rothwell1,70588.6913% more dangerous
Liversedge1,64891.0915% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ossett

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Recent Crimes in Ossett

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Swithenbank AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Old Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pildacre CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Haggs Hill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Woodhead CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Prospect RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St John'S CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Swithenbank AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Saville StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tateley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Teall CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Dewsbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Swithenbank AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Littlefield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pildacre CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hilda StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ossett Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15141612 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.410.410.410.23 Safer
Burglary54.14.63.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8866 Safer
Drugs0.361.11.01.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.92.0 Getting worse
Other Theft64.04.04.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.550.360.45 Getting worse
Public Order78812 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.770.270.41 Safer
Shoplifting2.22.41.44.5 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.140.180.360.32 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime94.464.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29313238 Getting worse

Changes In Ossett's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ossett to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Ossett77.44-
Croydon82.486% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0514% more dangerous
Bristol90.5214% more dangerous
Coventry102.2424% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0637% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6440% more dangerous
Bradford132.2841% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% 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 most dangerous small town 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 bicycle theft.

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