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Crime and Safety in Darlington

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Darlington is the safest major towns in Durham, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Darlington in 2021 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Darlington is the 25th most dangerous major town, and the 497th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Darlington had the worst crime rate in Durham for bicycle theft, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Darlington residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 107 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Darlington recorded 39 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Darlington are violence and sexual offences, with 4,614 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 1.1% higher than 2020's figure of 4,562 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Darlington's least common crime is robbery, with 47 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 19% from 2020's figure of 38 crimes.

Darlington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Durham

28% higher, regional crime rate

North East

28% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Darlington is 28% higher than the North East and 28% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Darlington Crime Rate Over Time

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Darlington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Darlington 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 Darlington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211069,851
202010910,206
201912211,420
201812211,406
201712411,553
2016878,163

Crime in Darlington Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Darlington This Year

 DarlingtonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,02032.3725,26529.10 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft910.984880.56 43% more dangerous
Burglary3784.053,8834.47 10% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,22313.1111,11812.81 2.3% more dangerous
Drugs3964.242,0042.31 46% more dangerous
Other Crime2202.362,2072.54 8% safer
Other Theft6296.745,0575.83 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons680.735280.61 16% more dangerous
Public Order1,10311.827,8799.08 23% more dangerous
Robbery470.503900.45 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting5055.414,9415.69 5% safer
Theft From the Person670.723460.40 44% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5105.472,7953.22 41% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,61449.4534,80940.10 19% more dangerous

Darlington Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington9,851105.58-
Hartlepool11,331125.8016% more dangerous
Stockton-on-Tees11,490135.9922% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Darlington

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Recent Crimes in Darlington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Faverdale NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Stephen CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near HoundgateLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Longfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Back LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fife RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Goodison WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Meldon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lucknow StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Peel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Atherstone WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windsor StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Zetland StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Humber PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Swale GroveFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HoundgateUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hercules StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Darlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38373832 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.61.10.98 Safer
Burglary8774.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17151313 Safer
Drugs2.84.13.44.2 Getting worse
Other Crime3.12.72.92.4 Safer
Other Theft10987 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.800.760.73 Getting worse
Public Order11111112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.690.410.50 Safer
Shoplifting101075 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.810.710.72 Safer
Vehicle Crime8765 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48524949 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Darlington to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4828% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5217% safer
Coventry102.243.3% safer
Darlington105.58-
Leicester111.595% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0614% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2820% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% 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 Hall1,127129Third
Bank Top938121Fourth
Central Darlington2,619377First
Cockerton & Hopetown67970Seventh
College & Park West32053Tenth
Firthmoor52881Sixth
Harrowgate Hill33555Ninth
Haughton Le Skerne36868Eighth
Hummersknott1982212th
Pierremont45990Fifth
Rise Carr806138Second
Whinfield2584911th

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 BehaviourHarrowgate Hill (68)Central Darlington (601)
Bicycle TheftHaughton Le Skerne (1)Central Darlington (35)
BurglaryWhinfield (2)Central Darlington (115)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHummersknott (24)Central Darlington (270)
DrugsHummersknott (1)Central Darlington (207)
Other CrimeHummersknott (2)Central Darlington (37)
Other TheftHummersknott (17)Central Darlington (160)
Possession of WeaponsFirthmoor (1)Central Darlington (31)
Public OrderHummersknott (11)Central Darlington (356)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Whinfield (1)Central Darlington (16)
ShopliftingHaughton Le Skerne (1)Central Darlington (224)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Whinfield (1)Central Darlington (31)
Vehicle CrimeWhinfield (6)Albert Hill & Red Hall (95)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHummersknott (87)Central Darlington (1,068)

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%+37%+15%-10%+1%-22%+1%-11%-25%
Bicycle Theft-79%-33%-29%-14%+33%-40%-27%-13%-10%-50%
Burglary+22%+44%-21%-2%-19%-38%+3%+23%-22%-70%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-47%-39%-31%+13%-23%-12%-6%--1%
Drugs-39%-51%-21%-8%+124%-19%+38%-15%-30%-53%
Other Crime-39%-5%+27%-23%+80%+142%-28%+43%+8%-14%
Other Theft-29%-47%-12%-14%-10%-36%-27%-23%-22%-20%
Possession of Weapons+50%+50%-45%--33%-29%+71%-33%+100%-
Public Order+32%+3%+33%-23%+53%+17%-18%-28%-30%-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%--46%+133%+167%-20%-86%+125%
Vehicle Crime-23%-7%-35%-23%-50%-62%+6%-27%+2%+23%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-20%-7%-22%+4%-13%-4%-2%-15%-26%

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).

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