Otley Crime Overview

Otley is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 44th safest overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Otley in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 103% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Otley is the 420th safest small town, and the 2,910th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2019, Otley was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 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 341 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 385 offences and a difference of 3.19 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Otley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Otley Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Otley This Year

 OtleyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16011.6148,24020.6878% safer
Bicycle Theft20.151,7620.76407% safer
Burglary352.5415,1026.47155% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson594.2825,48710.93155% safer
Drugs141.028,3433.58251% safer
Other Crime141.026,6132.84178% safer
Other Theft402.9016,3707.02142% safer
Possession of Weapons20.152,1200.91507% safer
Public Order1027.4030,32813.0076% safer
Robbery70.512,4431.05106% safer
Shoplifting483.4811,6474.9943% safer
Theft From the Person50.362,0400.87142% safer
Vehicle Crime372.6913,6605.86118% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34124.75107,15745.9486% safer

Otley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ackworth37847.558% safer
Clayton40247.827% safer
Ilkley73349.493.5% safer
Silsden42751.090.27% safer
Garforth73951.090.27% safer
Kippax56059.5114% more dangerous
Trident1,28161.1916% more dangerous
Meltham54861.2216% more dangerous
Guiseley81466.0722% more dangerous
Ossett1,45966.3023% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Otley

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Otley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1411912Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.29-0.440.15Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson66104.3Safer
Drugs0.291.10.651.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft4.9562.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.
Public Order2.8687Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.440.440.51Getting worse
Shoplifting3. worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.941.20.650.36Safer
Vehicle Crime64.962.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15222825Getting worse

Changes In Otley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Otley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Otley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Otley North28747Second
Otley South41955First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+100%-13%+60%+125%+7%+140%--40%-44%+200%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-86%-56%-69%---20%-63%-50%-78%-71%
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%
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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021