Seaham is among the top 10 safest small towns in Durham, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaham in 2021 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 3.4% lower than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaham is the 146th most dangerous small town, and the 922nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In March 2021, Seaham was the worst small town in Durham for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Seaham residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Seaham recorded 12 reports of other theft during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.58 the worst small town for other theft in Durham that month.
The most common crimes in Seaham are violence and sexual offences, with 860 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 3.0% higher than 2020's figure of 834 offences and a difference of 1.27 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Seaham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 1200% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.
Top 10 Safest
Small Towns, Durham
11% higher, regional crime rate
10% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Seaham is 11% higher than the North East and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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Incidents mapped in Seaham 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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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||506||24.65||25,265||29.10||18% safer|
|Bicycle Theft||8||0.39||488||0.56||44% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||278||13.54||11,118||12.81||5% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||46||2.24||2,207||2.54||13% safer|
|Other Theft||89||4.34||5,057||5.83||34% safer|
|Possession of Weapons||9||0.44||528||0.61||39% safer|
|Public Order||155||7.55||7,879||9.08||20% safer|
|Shoplifting||122||5.94||4,941||5.69||4.2% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||1||0.05||346||0.40||700% safer|
|Vehicle Crime||85||4.14||2,795||3.22||22% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||860||41.90||34,809||40.10||4.3% more dangerous|
|Small Town||Total Crimes||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Brandon and Byshottles||1,626||82.51||3.3% safer|
|Crook||891||92.55||8% more dangerous|
|Murton||870||111.31||23% more dangerous|
|Peterlee||2,695||137.00||38% more dangerous|
|Ferryhill||1,329||141.22||40% more dangerous|
|Shildon||1,414||142.28||40% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Public order||On or near James Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Linthorpe Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Church Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Ambleside Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Hexham Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Wedgwood Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Back North Railway Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Clara Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Dawdon Crescent||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Essex Crescent||Further investigation is not in the public interest|
|April 2022||Other crime||On or near Blandford Place||Local resolution|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Gregson Terrace||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Strangways Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Wynyard Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Queen Alexandra Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Shaw Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Police Station||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Station Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near Green Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||12||13||13||14||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.44||0.29||0.24||0.44||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.15||0.39||0.19||0.19||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||0.44||0.39||0.63||0.05||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||42||42||41||42||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Seaham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Seaham Town Park||4||-||2||-||9||6||3.0|
|Small Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Sheffield||90.05||5% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||6% more dangerous|
|Coventry||102.24||17% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||24% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||31% more dangerous|
|Birmingham||129.64||34% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||36% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||44% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Seaham Central & South||933||109||First|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Seaham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Seaham saw a 350% increase in public order. Seaham saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Seaham's lockdown.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-11%||-32%||-38%||-14%||+35%||+17%||+7%||-32%||+10%||-22%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Theft From the Person||-||-||-||-50%||-||+200%||+100%||-||-||-|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-23%||+3%||+13%||-32%||+28%||+3%||+23%||+1%||+3%||-27%|