Consett Crime Overview

Consett is the second safest small town in Durham, and is the 73rd most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Consett in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Consett is the 279th most dangerous small town, and the 1,874th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Consett was the worst small town in Durham for drugs, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Consett residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Consett recorded 12 reports of burglary during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst small town for burglary in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Consett are violence and sexual offences, with 815 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 889 offences and a difference of 2.97 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Consett's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Consett Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Consett This Year

 ConsettDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60624.2831,72436.5450% safer
Bicycle Theft50.204710.54170% safer
Burglary582.324,4935.18123% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2068.2511,04112.7254% safer
Drugs411.642,2782.6260% safer
Other Crime451.802,3492.7151% safer
Other Theft973.895,2986.1057% safer
Possession of Weapons20.085510.63688% safer
Public Order1485.937,2378.3441% safer
Robbery10.043690.43975% safer
Shoplifting813.254,9175.6674% safer
Theft From the Person110.444180.489% safer
Vehicle Crime582.323,2883.7963% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences81532.6534,32239.5421% safer

Consett Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Egglescliffe41647.3533% safer
Consett1,56862.82-
Belmont69175.4417% more dangerous
Seaham1,65180.4322% more dangerous
Brandon and Byshottles1,63582.9724% more dangerous
Spennymoor1,93288.7529% more dangerous
Crook89592.9732% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Consett

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Recent Crimes in Consett

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Other theftOn or near Spiro CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Pontop ViewLocal resolution
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castledene RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castledene RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dale StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spencer StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Oxley StreetOffender given a caution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Generation PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lytham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belle Vue GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021DrugsOn or near Ponds CourtFurther investigation is not in the public interest
August 2021Public orderOn or near Ponds CourtFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ponds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ponds CourtFurther action is not in the public interest
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ponds CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fenwick WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Consett Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26171724Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.480.200.240.20Safer
Burglary3.83.63.62.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1412108Safer
Drugs1.41.81.41.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.71.61.8Getting worse
Other Theft5663.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.200.360.08Safer
Public Order6756Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.240.040.04Safer
Shoplifting7763.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.720.640.560.44Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.54.22.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34383633Safer

Changes In Consett's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Consett to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Consett62.82-
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Consett's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Consett1,00490First

Crime in Consett During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Consett change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Consett saw a 900% increase in drugs. Consett saw a large fall in vehicle crime during July, when it fell by 93% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+68%+78%+73%+56%+47%+39%+33%+65%+85%
Bicycle Theft---------50%-
Burglary-38%-89%-80%+100%-67%-57%+67%-14%-42%+140%
Criminal Damage and Arson+62%-59%-31%-29%-27%--13%+11%-24%-
Drugs-67%--+33%-+150%+900%-67%+100%-80%
Other Crime--+200%-44%-43%+100%+50%+150%+300%-
Other Theft+20%-50%-38%-18%-22%+67%-50%-83%-68%-29%
Public Order-74%+44%+120%-19%+90%+56%+40%+33%+30%+57%
Shoplifting-53%-73%-54%-36%-36%-22%-33%-30%-56%-11%
Theft From the Person---50%--33%-50%----
Vehicle Crime-76%+129%+600%-67%-93%-91%-83%+200%-33%-77%
Violence and Sexual Offences-28%-30%-27%-11%+82%-20%-12%+20%-18%-34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Consett

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021