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Crime and Safety in Bishop Auckland

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Bishop Auckland is the most dangerous small town in Durham, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bishop Auckland in 2021 was 150 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bishop Auckland is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 172nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Bishop Auckland was the worst small town in Durham for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.73 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Bishop Auckland residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 2.2 per 1,000 residents. Bishop Auckland recorded 4 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Bishop Auckland are violence and sexual offences, with 1,018 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 6% lower than 2020's figure of 1,075 offences and a difference of 3.47 from 2020's crime rate of 65. Bishop Auckland's least common crime is robbery, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 12% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Bishop Auckland 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Durham

49% higher, regional crime rate

North East

49% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bishop Auckland is 49% higher than the North East and 49% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bishop Auckland Crime Rate Over Time

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Bishop Auckland Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bishop Auckland 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 Bishop Auckland

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211502,457
20201582,596
20191652,711
20181662,728
20171652,713
20161262,070

Crime in Bishop Auckland Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Bishop Auckland This Year

 Bishop AucklandDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour92256.1025,26529.10 48% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft160.974880.56 42% more dangerous
Burglary975.903,8834.47 24% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson38423.3611,11812.81 45% more dangerous
Drugs462.802,0042.31 18% more dangerous
Other Crime533.222,2072.54 21% more dangerous
Other Theft1307.915,0575.83 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons150.915280.61 33% more dangerous
Public Order24915.157,8799.08 40% more dangerous
Robbery80.493900.45 8% more dangerous
Shoplifting33720.514,9415.69 72% more dangerous
Theft From the Person130.793460.40 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime915.542,7953.22 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,01861.9434,80940.10 35% more dangerous

Bishop Auckland Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Crook89192.5562% safer
Murton870111.3134% safer
Peterlee2,695137.009% safer
Ferryhill1,329141.226% safer
Shildon1,414142.285% safer
Bishop Auckland2,457149.50-

Crime Over Time in Bishop Auckland

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Recent Crimes in Bishop Auckland

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Helena TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Wesley GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hurworth StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dilks StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Weardale DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The CopseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shipley GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tenters StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grove RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oaklea TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Morland StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Linburn DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Scott RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Milton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ramsey CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Boddy StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Bishop Auckland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53576256 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.00.730.97 Getting worse
Burglary811106 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson30242323 Safer
Drugs4.03.23.22.8 Safer
Other Crime3.84.35.03.2 Safer
Other Theft111398 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.970.730.790.91 Safer
Public Order13131615 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.910.850.550.49 Safer
Shoplifting24231821 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.610.851.20.79 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime7756 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62636562 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Town Park1813-558

Comparing Bishop Auckland to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08123% safer
Croydon82.4881% safer
Sheffield90.0566% safer
Bristol90.5265% safer
Coventry102.2446% safer
Leicester111.5934% safer
Liverpool123.0621% safer
Birmingham129.6415% safer
Bradford132.2813% safer
Bishop Auckland149.50-
Leeds150.940.95% more dangerous

Crime in Bishop Auckland's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bishop Auckland Central & West752102Second
Bishop Auckland South967133First

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).

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