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Crime and Safety in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe

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South Kirkby and Moorthorpe is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 118 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe in 2021 was 119 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 113 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe is the 42nd most dangerous small town, and the 347th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for shoplifting, with 32 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for South Kirkby and Moorthorpe residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. South Kirkby and Moorthorpe recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe are violence and sexual offences, with 585 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 554 offences and a difference of 2.66 from 2020's crime rate of 48. South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 75% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Yorkshire

19% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

36% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe is 19% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 36% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Crime Rate Over Time

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South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe 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 South Kirkby and Moorthorpe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211191,383
20201091,269
20191251,456
20181341,551
20171081,251
20161071,247

Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe This Year

 South Kirkby and MoorthorpeWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19216.5337,27115.98 3.3% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.341,8150.78 129% safer
Burglary655.6011,8695.09 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14512.4925,78711.06 11% more dangerous
Drugs332.847,8663.37 19% safer
Other Crime242.076,2402.68 29% safer
Other Theft978.3517,2507.40 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.522,1340.91 75% safer
Public Order16213.9537,73016.18 16% safer
Robbery80.692,2520.97 41% safer
Shoplifting18515.9312,8335.50 65% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.522,2220.95 83% safer
Vehicle Crime635.4213,2225.67 4.6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58550.37122,10552.35 3.9% safer

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Elland1,53794.5626% safer
Todmorden1,56597.6122% safer
Featherstone1,814104.6214% safer
Clayton927110.288% safer
South Elmsall837111.327% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,383119.09-
Hemsworth1,718121.532.0% more dangerous
Heckmondwike1,645130.649% more dangerous
Cleckheaton1,520135.0412% more dangerous
Knottingley1,899136.1113% more dangerous
Trident3,422163.4627% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe

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Recent Crimes in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hague Park CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Church TopInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Convent AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Burns AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clifford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Minsthorpe LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lidgate CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carr LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bull LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Church ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Elm GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Millars WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Camp RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ings CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near StockingateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Langthwaite LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near The GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23202417 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.30.430.600.34 Safer
Burglary11766 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20141212 Safer
Drugs1.61.72.12.8 Getting worse
Other Crime3.43.22.02.1 Safer
Other Theft9988 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.770.770.52 Safer
Public Order12121314 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.860.600.69 Safer
Shoplifting14171216No change
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.340.170.52 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime873.25 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50524850 Getting worse

Changes In South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Gallon Croft Field1----00.36

Comparing South Kirkby and Moorthorpe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0878% safer
Croydon82.4844% safer
Sheffield90.0532% safer
Bristol90.5232% safer
Coventry102.2416% safer
Leicester111.597% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe119.09-
Liverpool123.063.2% more dangerous
Birmingham129.648% more dangerous
Bradford132.2810% more dangerous
Leeds150.9421% more dangerous

Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Moorthorpe762131First
South Kirkby820114Second

Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when South Kirkby and Moorthorpe saw a 400% increase in drugs. South Kirkby and Moorthorpe saw a large fall in vehicle crime during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%-10%-35%+213%+18%+67%+62%--13%-17%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-56%-67%-40%-20%-60%+80%+14%-+225%+150%
Criminal Damage and Arson+45%-58%+71%+267%-50%+80%-42%-7%-40%-19%
Drugs-----75%--+200%+400%+100%
Other Crime-80%--67%---67%-25%-+100%+100%
Other Theft-60%--40%+71%+11%-50%+33%-33%+80%+8%
Possession of Weapons-75%------67%---
Public Order-36%-14%+13%-45%+15%+75%+70%+143%-27%-33%
Robbery--------50%--
Shoplifting-56%-67%-80%-25%-8%-35%-47%+22%-64%-73%
Vehicle Crime-86%-83%-33%-+50%-56%-75%-67%-67%-83%
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%-19%+10%+17%-5%-5%--15%-26%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe

What police force serves South Kirkby and Moorthorpe?
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is South Kirkby and Moorthorpe?
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in West Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe?
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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