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Crime and Safety in Peterlee

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Peterlee 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 Peterlee in 2021 was 137 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Peterlee is the 22nd most dangerous small town, and the 221st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Peterlee was the worst small town in Durham for burglary, with 35 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Peterlee residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 48 crimes at a rate of 2.4 per 1,000 residents. Peterlee recorded 1 report of bicycle theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Peterlee are violence and sexual offences, with 1,121 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 0.80% higher than 2020's figure of 1,112 offences and a difference of 0.45 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Peterlee's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 160% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Peterlee 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Durham

45% higher, regional crime rate

North East

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Peterlee is 45% higher than the North East and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Peterlee Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Peterlee 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 Peterlee

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211372,695
20201372,702
20191412,765
20181472,900
20171442,839
2016981,932

Crime in Peterlee Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Peterlee This Year

 PeterleeDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour95348.4425,26529.10 40% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.614880.56 8% more dangerous
Burglary1768.953,8834.47 50% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson49024.9111,11812.81 49% more dangerous
Drugs492.492,0042.31 7% more dangerous
Other Crime683.462,2072.54 27% more dangerous
Other Theft1517.685,0575.83 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.565280.61 9% safer
Public Order22211.297,8799.08 20% more dangerous
Robbery160.813900.45 44% more dangerous
Shoplifting26513.474,9415.69 58% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.253460.40 60% safer
Vehicle Crime1095.542,7953.22 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,12156.9834,80940.10 30% more dangerous

Peterlee Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Belmont74681.4468% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.5166% safer
Seaham1,74985.2061% safer
Crook89192.5548% safer
Murton870111.3123% safer
Peterlee2,695137.00-
Ferryhill1,329141.223.0% more dangerous
Shildon1,414142.283.7% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,457149.508% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Peterlee

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Recent Crimes in Peterlee

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bellister ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near EastfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ramsey CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langdale PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Girton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lowther CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Essex PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ambleside CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near Brendon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brecon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thames RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ellison RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Helford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Newark CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Skiddaw CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Teign CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Morton SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Peterlee Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44504648 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.811.50.660.61 Safer
Burglary81069 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson29262425 Safer
Drugs2.12.53.22.5 Safer
Other Crime54.34.53.5 Safer
Other Theft111188 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.710.560.56 Safer
Public Order1311911 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.410.250.81 Getting worse
Shoplifting15141613 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.810.510.660.25 Safer
Vehicle Crime7776 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54505757 Getting worse

Changes In Peterlee's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Peterlee to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08104% safer
Croydon82.4866% safer
Sheffield90.0552% safer
Bristol90.5251% safer
Coventry102.2434% safer
Leicester111.5923% safer
Liverpool123.0611% safer
Birmingham129.646% safer
Bradford132.283.6% safer
Peterlee137.00-
Leeds150.949% more dangerous

Crime in Peterlee's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Peterlee East1,293152First
Peterlee South759119Third
Peterlee West906125Second

Crime in Peterlee During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Peterlee change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Peterlee saw a 293% increase in shoplifting. Peterlee saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%-19%+17%-13%-17%-35%+12%+19%-33%-24%
Bicycle Theft-33%-+100%----80%-67%--50%
Burglary-28%-68%--69%-50%-57%-21%-50%--29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-12%-35%-42%-44%+42%-5%+5%+5%-29%+22%
Drugs-13%+40%-+33%+67%-67%-80%+233%+67%+150%
Other Crime+200%-50%+100%+75%+40%-38%+150%-67%-25%-
Other Theft-44%-25%-21%+15%+31%-50%-35%-35%-37%-19%
Possession of Weapons-+100%--------
Public Order-25%-36%-20%-42%+7%-42%-14%---
Robbery-50%---50%------
Shoplifting-45%-79%-92%-13%+283%+153%+293%+86%+14%-
Theft From the Person--------+100%-
Vehicle Crime--56%-63%-70%-20%-77%+138%-37%+22%+17%
Violence and Sexual Offences+24%-15%+41%-20%+85%-16%+1%-+46%+20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Peterlee

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

How dangerous is Peterlee?
Peterlee is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Durham.

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

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

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