Darlington Crime Overview

Darlington is the safest major town in Durham, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darlington in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darlington is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 375th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Darlington had the worst crime rate in Durham for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Darlington residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 78 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Darlington recorded 27 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst for other crime in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Darlington are violence and sexual offences, with 4,529 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 4,880 offences and a difference of 3.76 from 2019's crime rate of 52. Darlington's least common crime is robbery, with 38 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 66% from 2019's figure of 63 crimes.

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Crime in Darlington Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Darlington This Year

 DarlingtonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,54137.9531,72436.543.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1031.104710.5451% more dangerous
Burglary6076.514,4935.1820% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,20912.9611,04112.721.9% more dangerous
Drugs3123.342,2782.6222% more dangerous
Other Crime2682.872,3492.716% more dangerous
Other Theft6927.425,2986.1018% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons710.765510.6317% more dangerous
Public Order1,02611.007,2378.3424% more dangerous
Robbery380.413690.434.9% safer
Shoplifting6777.264,9175.6622% more dangerous
Theft From the Person660.714180.4832% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5425.813,2883.7935% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,52948.5434,32239.5419% more dangerous

Darlington Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington10,140108.68-
Hartlepool10,817120.0910% more dangerous
Stockton-on-Tees10,570125.1013% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darlington

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Darlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42383638Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.61.61.1Safer
Burglary12877Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19171513Safer
Drugs2.12.84.13.3Getting worse
Other Crime3.63.12.72.9Safer
Other Theft111097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.700.790.76Getting worse
Public Order10111111Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.630.650.680.41Safer
Shoplifting1010107Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.880.860.800.71Safer
Vehicle Crime8776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43485249Getting worse

Changes In Darlington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Darlington's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
West Cemetery-----20.13

Comparing Darlington to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4140% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2126% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.3% safer
Darlington108.68-
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1021% more dangerous

Crime in Darlington's Neighbourhoods

Central Darlington is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Darlington, followed by Rise Carr in second place, and Albert Hill & Red Hall as the third most dangerous area. Darlington's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, College & Park West, Hummersknott, and Whinfield.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Albert Hill & Red Hall1,198137Third
Bank Top959123Fourth
Central Darlington2,533365First
Cockerton & Hopetown68370Ninth
College & Park West3195311th
Firthmoor49376Sixth
Harrowgate Hill43571Eighth
Haughton Le Skerne40474Seventh
Hummersknott2452712th
Pierremont47393Fifth
Rise Carr957164Second
Whinfield30858Tenth

Darlington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Darlington for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHummersknott (140)Central Darlington (775)
Bicycle TheftHarrowgate Hill (1)Central Darlington (32)
BurglaryHummersknott (24)Central Darlington (131)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHummersknott (32)Central Darlington (280)
DrugsHummersknott (2)Central Darlington (132)
Other CrimeHummersknott (5)Central Darlington (59)
Other TheftHaughton Le Skerne (13)Central Darlington (195)
Possession of WeaponsFirthmoor (1)Central Darlington (23)
Public OrderHummersknott (14)Central Darlington (334)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Albert Hill & Red Hall (1)Central Darlington (18)
ShopliftingHaughton Le Skerne (1)Central Darlington (288)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Whinfield (1)Central Darlington (28)
Vehicle CrimeWhinfield (10)Albert Hill & Red Hall (110)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHummersknott (93)Central Darlington (954)

Crime in Darlington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Darlington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Darlington saw a 400% increase in robbery. Darlington saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019. Bicycle Theft saw a fall in every month of Darlington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+13%+38%+36%+15%-8%+1%-22%+1%-12%-25%
Bicycle Theft-79%-33%-29%-14%+33%-40%-27%-13%-10%-50%
Burglary+22%+44%-23%-2%-19%-38%+3%+26%-22%-72%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-47%-39%-33%+15%-21%-12%-6%+1%-1%
Drugs-39%-51%-25%-8%+124%-19%+44%-13%-30%-53%
Other Crime-39%-5%+27%-23%+80%+142%-31%+43%+8%-14%
Other Theft-29%-48%-11%-19%-8%-36%-27%-25%-24%-19%
Possession of Weapons+50%+50%-45%--33%-29%+71%-25%+100%-
Public Order+32%+3%+33%-24%+53%+17%-18%-28%-28%-7%
Robbery-60%-40%-+400%-80%+200%-44%-50%-80%-
Shoplifting+35%-66%-66%-64%-38%-29%+21%-48%-52%-20%
Theft From the Person-50%-60%-44%+17%-46%+133%+167%-20%-86%+125%
Vehicle Crime-23%-5%-34%-22%-52%-62%+10%-27%-+17%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-20%-8%-23%+3%-14%-4%-2%-15%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Darlington

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021