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Crime and Safety in Murton, Durham

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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 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Murton in 2021 was 111 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Murton is the 53rd most dangerous small town, and the 433rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Murton was the worst small town in Durham for other theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Murton residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Murton recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Murton are violence and sexual offences, with 383 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 358 offences and a difference of 3.20 from 2020's crime rate of 46. Murton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Murton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Durham

32% higher, regional crime rate

North East

31% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Murton is 32% higher than the North East and 31% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Murton Crime Rate Over Time

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Murton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Murton 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 Murton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021111870
2020121946
20191441,125
2018126987
2017116910
201662486

Crime in Murton Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Murton This Year

 MurtonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18123.1625,26529.10 26% safer
Bicycle Theft20.264880.56 115% safer
Burglary779.853,8834.47 55% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12916.5011,11812.81 22% more dangerous
Drugs141.792,0042.31 29% safer
Other Crime141.792,2072.54 42% safer
Other Theft9612.285,0575.83 53% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.645280.61 4.7% more dangerous
Public Order496.277,8799.08 45% safer
Robbery40.513900.45 12% more dangerous
Shoplifting425.374,9415.69 6% safer
Theft From the Person30.383460.40 5% safer
Vehicle Crime526.652,7953.22 52% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences38349.0034,80940.10 18% more dangerous

Murton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Spennymoor1,76481.0437% safer
Belmont74681.4437% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.5135% safer
Seaham1,74985.2031% safer
Crook89192.5520% safer
Murton870111.31-
Peterlee2,695137.0019% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,329141.2221% more dangerous
Shildon1,414142.2822% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,457149.5026% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Murton

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Recent Crimes in Murton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Bude SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Truro AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dalby GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wellfield CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Melrose AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Webb AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stephens RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Henry Street SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Truro AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Dalby GroveLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near B1285Local resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Treen CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sea View WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bude SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lansbury DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution

Murton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28232823 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.511.20.380.26 Safer
Burglary12131210 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15161716 Getting worse
Drugs1.41.91.81.8 Getting worse
Other Crime2.93.83.11.8 Safer
Other Theft16251312 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.510.510.64 Getting worse
Public Order911106 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.511.30.260.51 Safer
Shoplifting111375 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.381.01.00.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime69107 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52474649 Getting worse

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 2021.

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

Comparing Murton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0866% safer
Croydon82.4835% safer
Sheffield90.0524% safer
Bristol90.5223% safer
Coventry102.249% safer
Murton111.31-
Leicester111.590.25% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0610% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6414% more dangerous
Bradford132.2816% more dangerous
Leeds150.9426% more dangerous

Crime in Murton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Murton & South Hetton75193First

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 bicycle theft.

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