Bishop Auckland Crime Overview

Bishop Auckland is the most dangerous small town in Durham, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bishop Auckland in 2020 was 158 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 44% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bishop Auckland is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns, and the 123rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Bishop Auckland was the worst small town in Durham for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.49 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Bishop Auckland residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 40 crimes at a rate of 2.4 per 1,000 residents. Bishop Auckland recorded 8 reports of drugs during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.49 the worst small town for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Bishop Auckland are violence and sexual offences, with 1,075 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 65. This is 3.5% higher than 2019's figure of 1,037 offences and a difference of 2.31 from 2019's crime rate of 63. Bishop Auckland's least common crime is robbery, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 56% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Bishop Auckland Compared To Durham

Summary of Crimes in Bishop Auckland This Year

 Bishop AucklandDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,02762.4931,72436.5442% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.734710.5426% more dangerous
Burglary1639.924,4935.1848% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson38523.4311,04112.7246% more dangerous
Drugs523.162,2782.6217% more dangerous
Other Crime824.992,3492.7146% more dangerous
Other Theft1448.765,2986.1030% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons130.795510.6320% more dangerous
Public Order26916.377,2378.3449% more dangerous
Robbery90.553690.4322% more dangerous
Shoplifting28917.584,9175.6668% more dangerous
Theft From the Person201.224180.4861% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime835.053,2883.7925% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,07565.4134,32239.5440% more dangerous

Bishop Auckland Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Crook89592.9770% safer
Murton946121.0331% safer
Peterlee2,702137.3515% safer
Shildon1,411141.9811% safer
Ferryhill1,357144.1910% safer
Bishop Auckland2,596157.96-

Crime Over Time in Bishop Auckland

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Bishop Auckland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour54535762Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.611.21.00.73Safer
Burglary1181110Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson29302423Safer
Drugs4.14.03.23.2Safer
Other Crime4.83.84.35.0Getting worse
Other Theft1211139Safer
Possession of Weapons1.50.970.730.79Safer
Public Order15131316Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.850.910.850.55Safer
Shoplifting21242318Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.610.851.2Getting worse
Vehicle Crime7775Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58626365Getting worse

Changes In Bishop Auckland's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bishop Auckland's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bishop Auckland that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Town Park1813-558

Comparing Bishop Auckland to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71133% safer
Coventry77.41104% safer
Croydon83.2290% safer
Sheffield85.8184% safer
Bristol86.2183% safer
Leicester97.4462% safer
Birmingham102.8754% safer
Liverpool107.2847% safer
Bradford133.0219% safer
Leeds137.1015% safer
Bishop Auckland157.96-

Crime in Bishop Auckland's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bishop Auckland Central & West787107Second
Bishop Auckland South985136First

Crime in Bishop Auckland During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bishop Auckland change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Bishop Auckland saw a 200% increase in other crime. Bishop Auckland saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 85% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Bishop Auckland's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+33%+18%+36%+44%+31%+22%-14%-18%-55%
Bicycle Theft----75%+100%--67%--71%-
Burglary+55%-20%-47%-21%+45%-17%-35%-27%-17%-52%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-29%-39%-19%-4%+38%+7%+22%+22%-33%
Drugs-25%+100%-11%+50%+100%---50%--33%
Other Crime-36%+150%-57%+100%-17%-38%-13%+50%+33%+200%
Other Theft-44%-55%+56%-15%-48%-52%-65%-10%-38%-47%
Possession of Weapons+100%-----+100%---
Public Order-14%-32%+92%-4%+150%+80%-9%+28%+64%-16%
Robbery-----+100%---+100%
Shoplifting+19%-70%-74%-79%-46%+18%-21%-36%-15%+35%
Theft From the Person---+100%-+75%-50%---
Vehicle Crime--27%-85%-57%-36%-27%-+75%-11%-58%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%+10%+42%-29%+22%+34%-17%-9%-7%-1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bishop Auckland

What police force serves Bishop Auckland?
Bishop Auckland's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.
How dangerous is Bishop Auckland?
Bishop Auckland is the most dangerous small town in Durham.
What is Bishop Auckland's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bishop Auckland are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bishop Auckland?
Bishop Auckland's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021