Murton Crime Overview

Murton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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 Murton in 2020 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Murton is the 25th most dangerous small town, and the 261st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Murton was the worst small town in Durham for burglary, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.9 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Murton residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Murton recorded 17 reports of other theft during March 2020, making its crime rate of 2.2 the worst small town for other theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Murton are violence and sexual offences, with 358 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 3.1% lower than 2019's figure of 369 offences and a difference of 1.41 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Murton's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Murton Compared To Durham

Summary of Crimes in Murton This Year

 MurtonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21928.0231,72436.5430% safer
Bicycle Theft30.384710.5442% safer
Burglary9111.644,4935.1855% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson13216.8911,04112.7225% more dangerous
Drugs141.792,2782.6246% safer
Other Crime243.072,3492.7112% more dangerous
Other Theft10313.185,2986.1054% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.515510.6324% safer
Public Order779.857,2378.3415% more dangerous
Robbery20.263690.4365% safer
Shoplifting546.914,9175.6618% more dangerous
Theft From the Person81.024180.4853% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime769.723,2883.7961% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences35845.8034,32239.5414% more dangerous

Murton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Belmont69175.4460% safer
Seaham1,65180.4350% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,63582.9746% safer
Spennymoor1,93288.7536% safer
Crook89592.9730% safer
Murton946121.03-
Peterlee2,702137.3512% more dangerous
Shildon1,411141.9815% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,357144.1916% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,596157.9623% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Murton

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Murton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26282328Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.40.511.20.38Safer
Burglary12121312Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18151617Getting worse
Drugs1.71.41.91.8Getting worse
Other Crime4.72.93.83.1Safer
Other Theft15162513Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.380.510.51Getting worse
Public Order891110Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.900.511.30.26Safer
Shoplifting1011137Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.381.01.0Getting worse
Vehicle Crime66910Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences39524746Safer

Changes In Murton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Murton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Murton Recreation Ground8----40.92

Comparing Murton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7179% safer
Coventry77.4156% safer
Croydon83.2245% safer
Sheffield85.8141% safer
Bristol86.2140% safer
Leicester97.4424% safer
Birmingham102.8718% safer
Liverpool107.2813% safer
Murton121.03-
Bradford133.029% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% more dangerous

Crime in Murton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Murton & South Hetton884110First

Crime in Murton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Murton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Murton saw a 300% increase in vehicle crime. Murton saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+93%+18%+12%-21%+55%--+36%+25%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+38%+88%-82%-25%+38%-40%+200%-67%+67%-27%
Criminal Damage and Arson+21%-21%+171%+67%+8%-23%-67%-+67%+50%
Drugs----33%------
Other Crime-+100%+100%-60%-+100%-67%-67%--
Other Theft-11%-80%-83%-63%+100%-50%-27%-36%-60%+33%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-25%+20%+33%-50%-+33%+40%-30%+100%+75%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-64%----44%-13%+44%-18%-67%+233%
Theft From the Person---+100%------
Vehicle Crime+200%--75%-60%+67%-67%+300%+33%-50%+71%
Violence and Sexual Offences+24%-54%-11%-19%+26%+11%+83%-6%-18%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Murton

What police force serves Murton?
Murton's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.
How dangerous is Murton?
Murton is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Durham.
What is Murton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Murton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Murton?
Murton's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021