Rothwell Crime Overview

Rothwell is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rothwell in 2020 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 49% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rothwell is the 198th most dangerous small town, and the 1,433rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, 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. August 2020 was also a bad month for Rothwell residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Rothwell recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for theft from the person in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Rothwell are violence and sexual offences, with 626 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 2.9% higher than 2019's figure of 608 offences and a difference of 0.93 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Rothwell's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Rothwell Compared To West Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Rothwell This Year

 RothwellWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38319.9248,24020.683.8% safer
Bicycle Theft120.621,7620.7623% safer
Burglary904.6815,1026.4738% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1206.2425,48710.9375% safer
Drugs281.468,3433.58145% safer
Other Crime402.086,6132.8437% safer
Other Theft623.2216,3707.02118% safer
Possession of Weapons60.312,1200.91194% safer
Public Order1658.5830,32813.0052% safer
Robbery80.422,4431.05150% safer
Shoplifting784.0611,6474.9923% safer
Theft From the Person60.312,0400.87181% safer
Vehicle Crime1005.2013,6605.8613% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62632.56107,15745.9441% safer

Rothwell Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ossett1,45966.305% safer
Horsforth1,33367.443.4% safer
Mirfield1,34967.643.1% safer
Horbury72068.142.4% safer
Bingley1,53468.941.2% safer
Rothwell1,34169.75-
Hebden Royd68271.402.3% more dangerous
Wetherby79072.283.5% more dangerous
Yeadon1,38975.187% more dangerous
Baildon1,33680.3313% more dangerous
Todmorden1,42789.0022% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rothwell

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Rothwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23211920Safer
Bicycle Theft0.261.00.310.62Getting worse
Burglary101184.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9996Safer
Drugs1.11.40.831.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.32.62.62.1Safer
Other Theft7953.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.360.470.31Safer
Public Order4.7889Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.620.360.42Safer
Shoplifting64.754.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.310.420.31Safer
Vehicle Crime6665Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23313233Getting worse

Changes In Rothwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rothwell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.713.0% safer
Rothwell69.75-
Coventry77.4110% more dangerous
Croydon83.2216% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8119% more dangerous
Bristol86.2119% more dangerous
Leicester97.4428% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8732% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2835% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1049% more dangerous

Crime in Rothwell's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rothwell Inner60490First
Woodlesford & Oulton47362Second

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021