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Crime and Safety in Rothwell, West Yorkshire

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Rothwell is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rothwell in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rothwell is the 127th most dangerous small town, and the 829th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Rothwell was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Rothwell residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 0.99 per 1,000 residents. Rothwell recorded 14 reports of shoplifting during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst small town for shoplifting in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rothwell are violence and sexual offences, with 746 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 626 offences and a difference of 6.24 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Rothwell's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Rothwell 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

9% lower, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rothwell is 9% lower than Yorkshire and The Humber and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rothwell Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Rothwell 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 Rothwell

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021891,705
2020701,341
2019791,527
2018851,643
2017701,348
2016601,163

Crime in Rothwell Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Rothwell This Year

 RothwellWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26913.9937,27115.98 14% safer
Bicycle Theft120.621,8150.78 26% safer
Burglary1487.7011,8695.09 34% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1708.8425,78711.06 25% safer
Drugs291.517,8663.37 123% safer
Other Crime361.876,2402.68 43% safer
Other Theft653.3817,2507.40 119% safer
Possession of Weapons100.522,1340.91 75% safer
Public Order25713.3737,73016.18 21% safer
Robbery90.472,2520.97 106% safer
Shoplifting1005.2012,8335.50 6% safer
Theft From the Person60.312,2220.95 206% safer
Vehicle Crime1176.0913,2225.67 7% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences74638.80122,10552.35 35% safer

Rothwell Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Baildon1,28177.0215% safer
Ossett1,70477.4415% safer
Hebden Royd74077.4714% safer
Mirfield1,59179.7811% safer
Horbury91086.123.0% safer
Rothwell1,70588.69-
Liversedge1,64891.092.6% more dangerous
Normanton2,02593.535% more dangerous
Elland1,53794.566% more dangerous
Todmorden1,56597.619% more dangerous
Featherstone1,814104.6215% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rothwell

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Recent Crimes in Rothwell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Talbot TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Woodland CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carlton LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Back Gillett LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The GatewayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Norfolk DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Talbot TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Northwood ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fifth AvenueOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BryngateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenland CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near High Ridge CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near BriardeneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Talbot TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Alma TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brinsmead CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rothwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21192014 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.00.310.620.62 Getting worse
Burglary1184.78 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9969 Safer
Drugs1.40.831.51.5 Getting worse
Other Crime2.62.62.11.9 Safer
Other Theft953.23.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.470.310.52 Getting worse
Public Order88913 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.360.420.47 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.754.15 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.420.310.31 Safer
Vehicle Crime6656 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31323339 Getting worse

Changes In Rothwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rothwell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0832% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Rothwell88.69-
Sheffield90.051.5% more dangerous
Bristol90.522.0% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5921% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0628% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6432% more dangerous
Bradford132.2833% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Rothwell's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rothwell Inner771115First
Woodlesford & Oulton58476Second

Crime in Rothwell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rothwell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Rothwell saw a 400% increase in drugs. Rothwell saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 94% compared to May in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Rothwell's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+62%+81%+23%+7%+3%-20%+5%-44%-24%
Bicycle Theft-----+200%----
Burglary-56%-44%--79%-57%-38%-18%-83%-21%+57%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%+8%-30%-17%-33%-18%-61%-7%-61%-50%
Drugs---+400%+400%-+100%-50%--
Other Crime+33%-33%-80%+25%-+25%-44%--40%+67%
Other Theft-63%-29%-94%--29%+17%-20%-30%-22%-60%
Possession of Weapons-----50%--+100%--
Public Order-25%+50%---23%+42%+50%-50%-11%-27%
Robbery-----50%+50%----
Shoplifting-83%-89%-57%-+200%-50%-+50%-41%-20%
Theft From the Person--50%------50%--
Vehicle Crime+100%+67%-42%+40%-44%-83%+100%+14%-35%-36%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+16%-7%+28%+11%+24%-23%-7%-2%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rothwell

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

How dangerous is Rothwell?
Rothwell is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Rothwell?
Rothwell's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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