County Durham Crime Overview

County Durham is the safest city in the North East, and among the top 20 safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in County Durham in 2020 was 14 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in County Durham are violence and sexual offences, with 3,810 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 7. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 4,004 offences and a difference of 0.36 from 2019's crime rate of 8. County Durham's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 109% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in County Durham This Year

 County Durham
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour2,7755.23
Bicycle Theft390.07
Burglary3610.68
Criminal Damage and Arson9841.86
Drugs1870.35
Other Crime2000.38
Other Theft3980.75
Possession of Weapons230.04
Public Order7101.34
Robbery110.02
Shoplifting4040.76
Theft From the Person390.07
Vehicle Crime2700.51
Violence and Sexual Offences3,8107.19

County Durham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour54.24.65Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.100.100.060.07Safer
Burglary0.930.911.10.68Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.62.32.31.9Safer
Drugs0.260.320.350.35Getting worse
Other Crime0.380.450.390.38Safer
Other Theft1.31.31.20.75Safer
Possession of Weapons0.060.070.080.04Safer
Public Order1.41.31.21.3Getting worse
Robbery0.040.050.040.02Safer
Shoplifting0.971.21.30.76Safer
Theft From the Person0.090.100.090.07Safer
Vehicle Crime0.740.660.740.51Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7887Safer

Comparing County Durham to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
County Durham14.03-
Coventry71.5080% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9981% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2381% more dangerous
Croydon77.1882% more dangerous
Bradford79.1982% more dangerous
London80.7083% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0284% more dangerous
Bristol91.5785% more dangerous
Leeds91.9085% more dangerous
Leicester102.5186% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9487% more dangerous

Crime in County Durham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in County Durham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when County Durham saw a 500% increase in bicycle theft. County Durham saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during County Durham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+73%+68%+63%+35%-1%-1%+12%+3%
Bicycle Theft-40%+100%--33%--50%+500%-+300%
Burglary-60%-55%-56%+9%-25%-31%+14%-41%+4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-39%-22%-6%-15%-23%-7%-32%-16%
Drugs--22%+23%+53%+143%-6%+300%+8%-8%
Other Crime-38%-35%+127%-19%-5%+14%+140%+21%-
Other Theft-30%-61%-35%-17%+3%-5%-46%-69%-56%
Possession of Weapons-50%-67%-33%-67%-+33%--50%-33%
Public Order+5%+20%+76%+28%+9%+12%+17%+15%+2%
Robbery-67%--50%---50%---33%
Shoplifting-47%-60%-43%-32%-24%-43%-21%-56%-40%
Theft From the Person-50%-86%-60%-+100%--50%+200%+25%
Vehicle Crime-58%-33%+30%-17%-35%-27%-62%-5%+42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-26%+15%+9%+43%+9%-4%+2%-18%

County Durham's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from County Durham
Belmont6407080% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,39314690% more dangerous
Brandon and Byshottles1,5217782% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,26313490% more dangerous
Great Aycliffe2,2688583% more dangerous
Murton84910987% more dangerous
Peterlee2,46812589% more dangerous
Seaham1,5497581% more dangerous
Shildon1,30213189% more dangerous
Spennymoor1,8188483% more dangerous
Stanley3,37710086% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in County Durham

What police force serves County Durham?
County Durham's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.
How dangerous is County Durham?
County Durham is the safest city in the North East.
What is County Durham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in County Durham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in County Durham?
County Durham's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021