South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Crime Overview

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 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 4.6% higher than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe is the 37th most dangerous small town, and the 366th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.60 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for South Kirkby and Moorthorpe residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. South Kirkby and Moorthorpe recorded 2 reports of robbery during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for robbery in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe are violence and sexual offences, with 554 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 600 offences and a difference of 3.96 from 2019's crime rate of 52. South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe This Year

 South Kirkby and MoorthorpeWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27423.5948,24020.6812% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.601,7620.7627% safer
Burglary736.2915,1026.472.9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14412.4025,48710.9312% more dangerous
Drugs242.078,3433.5873% safer
Other Crime231.986,6132.8443% safer
Other Theft978.3516,3707.0216% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.772,1200.9118% safer
Public Order15113.0030,32813.000% safer
Robbery70.602,4431.0575% safer
Shoplifting14112.1411,6474.9959% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.172,0400.87412% safer
Vehicle Crime373.1913,6605.8684% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences55447.71107,15745.943.7% more dangerous

Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Compared To West Yorkshire

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Todmorden1,42789.0023% safer
Liversedge1,61489.2122% safer
Elland1,45389.3922% safer
Normanton2,14198.8910% safer
Heckmondwike1,343106.662.4% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe1,269109.27-
Hemsworth1,592112.623.0% more dangerous
Cleckheaton1,271112.923.2% more dangerous
Featherstone1,980114.194.3% more dangerous
South Elmsall871115.846% more dangerous
Knottingley1,784127.8715% more dangerous

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33232024Safer
Bicycle Theft0.601.30.430.60Safer
Burglary81176Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18201412Safer
Drugs1.91.61.72.1Getting worse
Other Crime3.43.43.22.0Safer
Other Theft7998Safer
Possession of Weapons0.521.00.770.77Safer
Public Order10121213Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.521.10.860.60Safer
Shoplifting16141712Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.340.340.17Safer
Vehicle Crime6873.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34505248Getting worse

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

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

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4141% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2127% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.9% safer
South Kirkby and Moorthorpe109.27-
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% more dangerous

Crime in South Kirkby and Moorthorpe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Moorthorpe676117First
South Kirkby772107Second

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 towns 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021