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Crime and Safety in Otley, West Yorkshire

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Otley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 38th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Otley in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 108% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Otley is the 390th safest small town, and the 2,801st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2019, Otley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Otley residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 2.3 per 1,000 residents. Otley recorded 2 reports of robbery during January 2016, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst small town for robbery in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Otley are violence and sexual offences, with 361 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 341 offences and a difference of 1.45 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Otley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Otley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

79% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

41% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Otley is 79% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 41% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Otley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Otley 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 Otley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202154749
202051706
201970958
201856774
201747641
201648661

Crime in Otley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Otley This Year

 OtleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1087.8437,27115.98 104% safer
Bicycle Theft80.581,8150.78 34% safer
Burglary231.6711,8695.09 205% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson654.7225,78711.06 134% safer
Drugs171.237,8663.37 174% safer
Other Crime151.096,2402.68 146% safer
Other Theft533.8517,2507.40 92% safer
Possession of Weapons10.072,1340.91 1200% safer
Public Order1329.5837,73016.18 69% safer
Robbery30.222,2520.97 341% safer
Shoplifting362.6112,8335.50 111% safer
Theft From the Person30.222,2220.95 332% safer
Vehicle Crime322.3213,2225.67 144% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36126.20122,10552.35 100% safer

Otley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Denby Dale71142.5328% safer
Alwoodley37543.3925% safer
Ripponden35345.0921% safer
Silsden40548.4612% safer
Garforth74251.306% safer
Otley74954.35-
Ackworth43554.720.68% more dangerous
Ilkley82255.502.1% more dangerous
Meltham53559.769% more dangerous
Guiseley76261.8512% more dangerous
Kippax61265.0416% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Otley

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Recent Crimes in Otley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garnett StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Farnley LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Forest GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Whitely Croft GarthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Otley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Oatlands DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near CrossgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Athelstan LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Riverdale CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near CrossgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Queens PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wilkinson WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near The CrosswaysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wilkinson WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near New MarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Otley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour119128 Safer
Bicycle Theft-0.440.150.58 Getting worse
Burglary63.32.51.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6104.34.7 Safer
Drugs1.10.651.01.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.51.01.1 Safer
Other Theft562.93.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.220.150.150.07 Safer
Public Order68710 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.440.510.22 Safer
Shoplifting2.14.63.52.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.650.360.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.962.72.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22282526 Getting worse

Changes In Otley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Otley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Otley54.35-
Barnet67.0819% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Otley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Otley North33154Second
Otley South41855First

Crime in Otley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Otley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Otley saw a 200% increase in anti-social behaviour. Otley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 90% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%-13%+60%+125%+7%+140%--40%-44%+200%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+200%-50%-67%--67%-80%-71%+100%+50%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-86%-56%-69%---20%-63%-50%-78%-71%
Drugs+50%--67%-------
Other Crime--------67%--67%
Other Theft+20%-33%-67%-50%-43%-40%-78%-80%-50%-
Public Order-56%+13%+40%+83%+18%+17%-17%+13%-70%-29%
Robbery------67%----
Shoplifting--75%-20%-80%-22%+150%-86%-50%-17%-33%
Theft From the Person--------67%--
Vehicle Crime-17%--57%--50%-80%-90%-57%-60%+25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-46%+17%-3%+7%-+76%-7%-30%+17%-41%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Otley

What police force serves Otley?
Otley's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Otley?
Otley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire.

What is Otley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Otley are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Otley?
Otley's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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