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Crime and Safety in Belmont

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Belmont is among the top 5 safest small towns in Durham, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Belmont in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Belmont is the 166th most dangerous small town, and the 1,046th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Belmont was the worst small town in Durham for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Belmont residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for vehicle crime, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.87 per 1,000 residents. Belmont recorded 15 reports of other theft during September 2020, making its crime rate of 1.6 the worst small town for other theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Belmont are violence and sexual offences, with 266 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 2.73 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Belmont's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Belmont 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Durham

7% higher, regional crime rate

North East

6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Belmont is 7% higher than the North East and 6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Belmont Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Belmont 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 Belmont

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181746
202075691
201988810
201896878
201790826
201659543

Crime in Belmont Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Belmont This Year

 BelmontDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16017.4725,26529.10 67% safer
Bicycle Theft141.534880.56 63% more dangerous
Burglary454.913,8834.47 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson606.5511,11812.81 96% safer
Drugs141.532,0042.31 51% safer
Other Crime171.862,2072.54 37% safer
Other Theft778.415,0575.83 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.225280.61 177% safer
Public Order839.067,8799.08 0.22% safer
Robbery10.113900.45 309% safer
Shoplifting10811.794,9415.69 52% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.443460.40 9% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime556.002,7953.22 46% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences26629.0434,80940.10 38% safer

Belmont Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Egglescliffe41547.2472% safer
Consett1,48259.3737% safer
Spennymoor1,76481.040.49% safer
Belmont74681.44-
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.511.3% more dangerous
Seaham1,74985.204.4% more dangerous
Crook89192.5512% more dangerous
Murton870111.3127% more dangerous
Peterlee2,695137.0041% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Belmont

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Recent Crimes in Belmont

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lantern CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fellside GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near LingdaleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Derbyshire DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Pickering PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cuthbert AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Renny'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shepherds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cuthbert AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dragon LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near New Durham CourtyardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prebends FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shepherds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Renny'S LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shepherds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shepherds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect

Belmont Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20192217 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.441.31.5 Getting worse
Burglary563.64.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8987 Safer
Drugs1.31.32.61.5 Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.91.41.9 Getting worse
Other Theft151678 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.440.550.22 Safer
Public Order7779 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.55-0.11 Safer
Shoplifting22191212 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.440.440.760.44 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime954.46 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25222629 Getting worse

Changes In Belmont's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Belmont to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Belmont81.44-
Croydon82.481.3% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5210% more dangerous
Coventry102.2420% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Belmont's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Belmont & Carrville35748First

Crime in Belmont During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Belmont change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Belmont saw a 200% increase in drugs. Belmont saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Belmont's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+21%+23%+47%-35%-+20%-32%+45%+30%
Bicycle Theft-50%-+100%-------
Burglary-69%--67%-67%-67%--57%+100%+33%-71%
Criminal Damage and Arson+133%-25%-+75%+7%-43%-40%-14%-56%-
Drugs--50%+100%-50%-+100%-+200%--
Other Crime---+100%---50%-+100%-
Other Theft-82%-89%-91%-20%-29%-67%+88%-50%-62%-69%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-43%---50%-50%-14%+75%+120%+150%+50%
Shoplifting-64%-56%-60%-33%-41%-47%-8%+8%-63%-25%
Theft From the Person------+100%---
Vehicle Crime+40%---40%-50%---33%-78%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%+50%+20%+15%+79%+14%+41%+6%+73%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Belmont

What police force serves Belmont?
Belmont's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.

How dangerous is Belmont?
Belmont is among the top 5 safest small towns in Durham.

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

What is the least common crime in Belmont?
Belmont's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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