Wetherby Crime Overview

Wetherby is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of West Yorkshire's 121 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wetherby in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the West Yorkshire rate of 104 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wetherby is the 180th most dangerous small town, and the 1,312nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Wetherby was the worst small town in West Yorkshire for other theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2018 was also a bad month for Wetherby residents, when it was West Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Wetherby recorded 10 reports of other crime during September 2017, making its crime rate of 0.91 the worst small town for other crime in West Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wetherby are violence and sexual offences, with 337 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 3.6% lower than 2019's figure of 349 offences and a difference of 1.09 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Wetherby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Wetherby Compared To West Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wetherby This Year

 WetherbyWest Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14413.1848,24020.6857% safer
Bicycle Theft50.461,7620.7665% safer
Burglary635.7615,1026.4712% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson625.6725,48710.9393% safer
Drugs111.018,3433.58254% safer
Other Crime373.396,6132.8416% more dangerous
Other Theft1099.9716,3707.0230% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.182,1200.91406% safer
Public Order968.7830,32813.0048% safer
Robbery40.372,4431.05184% safer
Shoplifting242.2011,6474.99127% safer
Theft From the Person10.092,0400.87867% safer
Vehicle Crime393.5713,6605.8664% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33730.84107,15745.9449% safer

Wetherby Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Mirfield1,34967.647% safer
Horbury72068.146% safer
Bingley1,53468.944.8% safer
Rothwell1,34169.753.6% safer
Hebden Royd68271.401.2% safer
Yeadon1,38975.183.9% more dangerous
Baildon1,33680.3310% more dangerous
Todmorden1,42789.0019% more dangerous
Liversedge1,61489.2119% more dangerous
Elland1,45389.3919% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wetherby

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Wetherby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour15131513Safer
Bicycle Theft0.460.270.640.46Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson9566Safer
Drugs0.820.550.911.0Getting worse
Other Crime4.
Other Theft76910Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.370.37-0.18Safer
Public Order2.84.879Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.371.20.270.37Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.910.730.640.09Safer
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences28283231Getting worse

Changes In Wetherby's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wetherby to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.717% safer
Coventry77.417% more dangerous
Croydon83.2213% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8116% more dangerous
Bristol86.2116% more dangerous
Leicester97.4426% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8730% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% more dangerous

Crime in Wetherby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wetherby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Wetherby saw a 900% increase in criminal damage and arson. Wetherby saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 86% compared to December in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+14%-50%-17%+67%-39%-21%-8%+10%+33%-22%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-67%-82%+450%+400%+900%-65%-+133%-80%
Other Crime+200%--67%-25%---67%-+50%+50%
Other Theft+167%-13%-8%-13%+200%-80%+80%+17%-60%-63%
Public Order-44%+40%+33%-50%-25%+38%+50%-+275%+225%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--33%-50%-25%+250%+33%--67%-17%-86%
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%-30%-37%+15%+17%+153%-22%-8%+41%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wetherby

What police force serves Wetherby?
Wetherby's local territorial police force is the West Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Wetherby?
Wetherby is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in West Yorkshire.
What is Wetherby's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Wetherby are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Wetherby?
Wetherby's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021