Hartlepool Crime Overview

Hartlepool is the second most dangerous major town in Durham, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hartlepool in 2020 was 120 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hartlepool is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 271st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Hartlepool had the worst crime rate in Durham for burglary, with 71 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.79 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Hartlepool residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 135 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Hartlepool recorded 15 reports of bicycle theft during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst for bicycle theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Hartlepool are violence and sexual offences, with 4,378 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 3.6% higher than 2019's figure of 4,219 offences and a difference of 1.76 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Hartlepool's least common crime is theft from the person, with 55 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 18% from 2019's figure of 65 crimes.

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Crime in Hartlepool Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Hartlepool This Year

 HartlepoolDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,94154.8531,72436.5433% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft941.044710.5448% more dangerous
Burglary7478.294,4935.1838% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,54617.1611,04112.7226% more dangerous
Drugs4474.962,2782.6247% more dangerous
Other Crime3403.772,3492.7128% more dangerous
Other Theft7798.655,2986.1029% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1231.375510.6354% more dangerous
Public Order1,00811.197,2378.3425% more dangerous
Robbery710.793690.4346% more dangerous
Shoplifting7938.804,9175.6636% more dangerous
Theft From the Person550.614180.4821% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4364.843,2883.7922% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,37848.6034,32239.5419% more dangerous

Hartlepool Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington10,140108.6810% safer
Hartlepool10,817120.09-
Stockton-on-Tees10,570125.104.0% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hartlepool

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Hartlepool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour75634855Safer
Bicycle Theft2.01.61.51.0Safer
Burglary1311118Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171717Getting worse
Drugs2.52.93.45.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.73.03.63.8Getting worse
Other Theft1413109Safer
Possession of Weapons0.590.931.21.4Getting worse
Public Order3.97911Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.831.11.10.79Safer
Shoplifting1621189Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.700.740.720.61Safer
Vehicle Crime14984.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28394749Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7177% safer
Coventry77.4155% safer
Croydon83.2244% safer
Sheffield85.8140% safer
Bristol86.2139% safer
Leicester97.4423% safer
Birmingham102.8717% safer
Liverpool107.2812% safer
Hartlepool120.09-
Bradford133.0210% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% 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
Clavering50049Tenth
Foggy Furze1,178190Third
Harbour & Victoria1,840349First
Headland & West View1,202115Sixth
Jesmond1,046128Fifth
Old Town & Grange1,984257Second
Owton Manor1,042134Fourth
Rift House & Summerhill709110Seventh
Seaton Carew34752Ninth
Wooler Road37564Eighth

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 (333)Harbour & Victoria (713)
Bicycle TheftOwton Manor (2)Old Town & Grange (29)
BurglarySeaton Carew (14)Harbour & Victoria (120)
Criminal Damage and ArsonClavering (63)Harbour & Victoria (196)
DrugsClavering (13)Harbour & Victoria (93)
Other CrimeSeaton Carew (7)Harbour & Victoria (48)
Other TheftClavering (23)Old Town & Grange (177)
Possession of WeaponsSeaton Carew (2)Old Town & Grange (28)
Public OrderSeaton Carew (27)Harbour & Victoria (168)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clavering (1)Old Town & Grange (20)
ShopliftingWooler Road (3)Harbour & Victoria (308)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Clavering (3)Old Town & Grange (19)
Vehicle CrimeSeaton Carew (12)Wooler Road (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWooler Road (121)Harbour & Victoria (709)

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 260% increase in drugs. Hartlepool saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May 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%+96%+75%+22%-12%-12%-21%+50%+43%+3%
Bicycle Theft-11%-82%-65%+36%-20%-64%-30%-38%-46%-17%
Burglary+9%-19%-45%-41%+4%+9%-31%-47%-38%-54%
Criminal Damage and Arson+19%-19%-14%-9%+30%-3%-+63%-21%-38%
Drugs+175%+32%+35%+25%+19%+54%-9%+260%+17%+11%
Other Crime-10%-25%-+19%+95%-15%+52%+50%-31%+44%
Other Theft-24%-33%+4%-10%-7%-24%-7%-8%-33%-20%
Possession of Weapons+20%+175%+78%-30%+30%+20%+11%+71%-10%+11%
Public Order+11%-11%+25%+79%+6%+30%+43%-24%+21%+26%
Robbery-25%-43%+71%--9%-64%-82%-20%-50%-20%
Shoplifting-50%-80%-51%-62%-60%-65%-66%-45%-7%-30%
Theft From the Person+20%+50%-83%--13%--38%-20%-75%+150%
Vehicle Crime+67%-4%+9%-76%-57%-59%-61%-38%-14%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-12%+8%+12%-4%+18%-6%-2%+20%+7%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021