Crook Crime Overview

Crook is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Durham, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crook in 2020 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 4.6% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crook is the 77th most dangerous small town, and the 640th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2018, Crook was the worst small town in Durham for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2016 was also a bad month for Crook residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Crook recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during April 2015, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Crook are violence and sexual offences, with 439 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 374 offences and a difference of 6.75 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Crook's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Crook Compared To Durham

Summary of Crimes in Crook This Year

 CrookDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32633.8631,72436.548% safer
Bicycle Theft10.104710.54440% safer
Burglary424.364,4935.1819% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14114.6511,04112.7213% more dangerous
Drugs151.562,2782.6268% safer
Other Crime191.972,3492.7138% safer
Other Theft353.645,2986.1068% safer
Possession of Weapons30.315510.63103% safer
Public Order10410.807,2378.3423% more dangerous
Robbery10.103690.43330% safer
Shoplifting646.654,9175.6615% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.314180.4855% safer
Vehicle Crime282.913,2883.7930% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43945.6034,32239.5413% more dangerous

Crook Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Consett1,56862.8248% safer
Belmont69175.4423% safer
Seaham1,65180.4316% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,63582.9712% safer
Spennymoor1,93288.754.8% safer
Crook89592.97-
Murton946121.0323% more dangerous
Peterlee2,702137.3532% more dangerous
Shildon1,411141.9835% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,357144.1936% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,596157.9641% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crook

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Crook Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27263134Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.730.62-0.10Safer
Burglary4.92.82.84.4Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson12121215Getting worse
Drugs1.61.80.931.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.12.12.0Safer
Other Theft64.93.33.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.42-0.31Safer
Public Order106711Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)--0.210.10Safer
Shoplifting4.34.377Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.100.210.520.31Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.52.02.22.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences33373946Getting worse

Changes In Crook's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Crook to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7137% safer
Coventry77.4120% safer
Croydon83.2212% safer
Sheffield85.818% safer
Bristol86.218% safer
Crook92.97-
Leicester97.444.6% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8710% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2813% more dangerous
Bradford133.0230% more dangerous
Leeds137.1032% more dangerous

Crime in Crook During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Crook change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Crook saw a 700% increase in burglary. Crook saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 83% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+42%+38%+22%+19%+40%-26%-38%+41%-41%-14%
Burglary--33%-50%-+200%+25%-33%-33%+700%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-18%+157%+33%-60%-8%-67%-33%--
Drugs--+50%+50%--50%----
Other Crime-50%----+200%--67%--75%
Other Theft--50%+50%+67%+100%+200%-50%--71%+300%
Public Order+350%+233%+240%+14%-14%+60%--+100%-33%
Shoplifting+150%-50%+200%-83%-75%-67%+100%-20%-50%+17%
Vehicle Crime-67%--+100%-+600%+67%--67%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+70%+35%+106%+11%-+14%-64%+26%-27%-28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Crook

What police force serves Crook?
Crook's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.
How dangerous is Crook?
Crook is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Durham.
What is Crook's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Crook are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Crook?
Crook's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021