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Crime and Safety in Crook, Durham

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Crook is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Durham, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crook in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 4.9% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crook is the 108th most dangerous small town, and the 735th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, 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. September 2020 was also a bad month for Crook residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Crook recorded 1 report of theft from the person during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for theft from the person in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Crook are violence and sexual offences, with 479 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 439 offences and a difference of 4.16 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Crook's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Crook 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Durham

18% higher, regional crime rate

North East

17% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Crook is 18% higher than the North East and 17% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Crook Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Crook 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 Crook

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202193891
202093895
201978747
201874714
201779759
201653511

Crime in Crook Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Crook This Year

 CrookDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27228.2525,26529.10 3.0% safer
Bicycle Theft50.524880.56 8% safer
Burglary222.293,8834.47 95% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13514.0211,11812.81 9% more dangerous
Drugs121.252,0042.31 85% safer
Other Crime191.972,2072.54 29% safer
Other Theft434.475,0575.83 30% safer
Possession of Weapons40.425280.61 45% safer
Public Order959.877,8799.08 8% more dangerous
Shoplifting565.824,9415.69 2.2% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.213460.40 90% safer
Vehicle Crime191.972,7953.22 63% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47949.7634,80940.10 19% more dangerous

Crook Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Consett1,48259.3756% safer
Spennymoor1,76481.0414% safer
Belmont74681.4414% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.5112% safer
Seaham1,74985.209% safer
Crook89192.55-
Murton870111.3117% more dangerous
Peterlee2,695137.0032% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,329141.2234% more dangerous
Shildon1,414142.2835% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,457149.5038% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crook

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Recent Crimes in Crook

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sandringham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maple CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Foundry FieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Church HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WheatbottomInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arthur StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilson StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blencathra CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sandringham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coniston CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Laurel GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whitfield StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High Hope StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beechburn ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gladstone StreetLocal resolution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blencathra CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Bridge StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Crook Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26313428 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.62-0.100.52 Safer
Burglary2.82.84.42.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121514 Getting worse
Drugs1.80.931.61.2 Safer
Other Crime2.12.12.02.0 Safer
Other Theft4.93.33.64.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.42-0.310.42No change
Public Order671110 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.3776 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.520.310.21 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.02.22.92.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37394650 Getting worse

Changes In Crook's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Crook to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0838% safer
Croydon82.4812% safer
Sheffield90.052.8% safer
Bristol90.522.2% safer
Crook92.55-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0625% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6429% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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