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Crime and Safety in Hartlepool

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Hartlepool is the second most dangerous major towns in Durham, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hartlepool in 2021 was 126 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hartlepool is among the top 20 most dangerous major town, and the 287th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Hartlepool had the worst crime rate in Durham for burglary, with 65 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.72 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Hartlepool residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 128 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Hartlepool recorded 36 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.40 the worst for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Hartlepool are violence and sexual offences, with 4,741 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 4,424 offences and a difference of 3.51 from 2020's crime rate of 49. Hartlepool's least common crime is theft from the person, with 31 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 77% from 2020's figure of 55 crimes.

Hartlepool 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Durham

40% higher, regional crime rate

North East

39% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hartlepool is 40% higher than the North East and 39% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hartlepool Crime Rate Over Time

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Hartlepool Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hartlepool 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 Hartlepool

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202112611,331
202012110,916
201913311,972
201812811,485
201711410,313
2016948,509

Crime in Hartlepool Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Hartlepool This Year

 HartlepoolDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,68340.8925,26529.10 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1101.224880.56 54% more dangerous
Burglary7087.863,8834.47 43% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,38415.3711,11812.81 17% more dangerous
Drugs3634.032,0042.31 43% more dangerous
Other Crime3583.972,2072.54 36% more dangerous
Other Theft8769.735,0575.83 40% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons911.015280.61 40% more dangerous
Public Order1,21613.507,8799.08 33% more dangerous
Robbery880.983900.45 54% more dangerous
Shoplifting97410.814,9415.69 47% more dangerous
Theft From the Person310.343460.40 18% safer
Vehicle Crime3914.342,7953.22 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,74152.6334,80940.10 24% more dangerous

Hartlepool Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington9,851105.5819% safer
Hartlepool11,331125.80-
Stockton-on-Tees11,490135.997% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hartlepool

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Recent Crimes in Hartlepool

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tuson WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swalebrooke AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Barton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wansbeck GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Owton Manor LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Richmond StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kathleen StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Scawfell GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Beath GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Surtees StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gala CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near William StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stileston CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fraser GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stonethwaite CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Belk StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Charterhouse StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brinkburn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Telford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Hartlepool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour63485541 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.51.01.2 Safer
Burglary111188 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171715 Safer
Drugs2.93.454.0 Getting worse
Other Crime3.03.63.84.0 Getting worse
Other Theft1310910 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.931.21.41.0 Getting worse
Public Order7101114 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.20.800.98 Safer
Shoplifting2118911 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.720.610.34 Safer
Vehicle Crime984.94.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39474953 Getting worse

Changes In Hartlepool's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hartlepool's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Hartlepool that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Rift House Recreation Ground2---100.26
Ward Jackson Park4311-378

Comparing Hartlepool to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0888% safer
Croydon82.4853% safer
Sheffield90.0540% safer
Bristol90.5239% safer
Coventry102.2423% safer
Leicester111.5913% safer
Liverpool123.062.2% safer
Hartlepool125.80-
Birmingham129.643.0% more dangerous
Bradford132.284.9% more dangerous
Leeds150.9417% more dangerous

Crime in Hartlepool's Neighbourhoods

Harbour & Victoria is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Hartlepool, followed by Old Town & Grange in second place, and Foggy Furze as the third most dangerous area. Hartlepool's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Clavering, Seaton Carew, and Wooler Road.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clavering47947Tenth
Foggy Furze1,268204Third
Harbour & Victoria1,746331First
Headland & West View1,346129Sixth
Jesmond1,123137Fifth
Old Town & Grange2,011260Second
Owton Manor1,089141Fourth
Rift House & Summerhill812126Seventh
Seaton Carew36154Ninth
Wooler Road43174Eighth

Hartlepool Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourClavering (192)Harbour & Victoria (415)
Bicycle TheftClavering (2)Old Town & Grange (36)
BurglaryClavering (24)Harbour & Victoria (109)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSeaton Carew (30)Foggy Furze (179)
DrugsSeaton Carew (1)Harbour & Victoria (70)
Other CrimeWooler Road (11)Harbour & Victoria (54)
Other TheftClavering (26)Harbour & Victoria (140)
Possession of WeaponsHeadland & West View (3)Harbour & Victoria (20)
Public OrderClavering (55)Harbour & Victoria (187)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clavering (4)Harbour & Victoria (19)
ShopliftingWooler Road (6)Harbour & Victoria (288)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Owton Manor (1)Old Town & Grange (9)
Vehicle CrimeClavering (16)Harbour & Victoria (47)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSeaton Carew (129)Harbour & Victoria (661)

Crime in Hartlepool During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hartlepool change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Hartlepool saw a 268% increase in drugs. Hartlepool saw a large fall in robbery during September, when it fell by 83% compared to September in 2019. Rates of bicycle theft and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Hartlepool's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-24%+97%+77%+23%-11%-12%-19%+53%+41%+7%
Bicycle Theft-11%-82%-65%+36%-20%-64%-30%-38%-46%-17%
Burglary+8%-19%-46%-40%+4%+10%-31%-47%-38%-54%
Criminal Damage and Arson+18%-15%-14%-9%+30%-4%-2%+64%-22%-37%
Drugs+175%+32%+38%+25%+19%+54%-6%+268%+22%+11%
Other Crime-7%-19%-+15%+95%-9%+52%+65%-38%+44%
Other Theft-23%-36%+5%-10%-6%-23%-7%-10%-33%-19%
Possession of Weapons+20%+175%+78%-30%+30%+30%-+71%-+11%
Public Order+11%-9%+24%+80%+5%+28%+44%-26%+23%+26%
Robbery-25%-43%+71%--9%-64%-83%-27%-50%-
Shoplifting-50%-79%-51%-62%-60%-65%-66%-45%-6%-30%
Theft From the Person+20%+50%-83%--13%--38%-20%-75%+150%
Vehicle Crime+62%-2%+8%-76%-57%-59%-59%-38%-8%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-12%+6%+12%-5%+19%-4%+0%+18%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hartlepool

What police force serves Hartlepool?
Hartlepool's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.

How dangerous is Hartlepool?
Hartlepool is the second most dangerous major town in Durham.

What is Hartlepool's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hartlepool are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Hartlepool?
Hartlepool's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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