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Crime and Safety in Seaham

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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.

Seaham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Durham

11% higher, regional crime rate

North East

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Seaham Crime Rate Over Time

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Seaham Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Seaham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021851,749
2020801,651
2019951,958
2018951,958
2017881,810
2016631,297

Crime in Seaham Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Seaham This Year

 SeahamDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50624.6525,26529.10 18% safer
Bicycle Theft80.394880.56 44% safer
Burglary673.263,8834.47 37% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson27813.5411,11812.81 5% more dangerous
Drugs251.222,0042.31 89% safer
Other Crime462.242,2072.54 13% safer
Other Theft894.345,0575.83 34% safer
Possession of Weapons90.445280.61 39% safer
Public Order1557.557,8799.08 20% safer
Robbery40.193900.45 137% safer
Shoplifting1225.944,9415.69 4.2% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.053460.40 700% safer
Vehicle Crime854.142,7953.22 22% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences86041.9034,80940.10 4.3% more dangerous

Seaham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Egglescliffe41547.2480% safer
Consett1,48259.3744% safer
Spennymoor1,76481.045% safer
Belmont74681.444.6% safer
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.513.3% safer
Seaham1,74985.20-
Crook89192.558% more dangerous
Murton870111.3123% more dangerous
Peterlee2,695137.0038% more dangerous
Ferryhill1,329141.2240% more dangerous
Shildon1,414142.2840% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaham

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Recent Crimes in Seaham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near James StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Linthorpe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ambleside AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hexham AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wedgwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Back North Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clara StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dawdon CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Essex CrescentFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Blandford PlaceLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gregson TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Strangways StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wynyard StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Queen Alexandra RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shaw StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Green StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Seaham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25252825 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.680.440.39 Safer
Burglary4.762.93.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131314 Getting worse
Drugs1.21.61.51.2 Safer
Other Crime2.82.42.42.2 Safer
Other Theft984.74.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.290.240.44 Getting worse
Public Order7878 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.390.190.19 Safer
Shoplifting1094.06 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.440.390.630.05 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.03.04.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42424142 Getting worse

Changes In Seaham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Seaham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Seaham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Seaham Town Park4-2-963.0

Comparing Seaham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0827% safer
Croydon82.483.3% safer
Seaham85.20-
Sheffield90.055% more dangerous
Bristol90.526% more dangerous
Coventry102.2417% more dangerous
Leicester111.5924% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0631% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2836% more dangerous
Leeds150.9444% more dangerous

Crime in Seaham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Seaham Central & South933109First

Crime in Seaham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+50%+83%+92%-25%+21%+27%-10%+15%+136%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-------
Burglary-50%-33%-63%-57%--55%-57%+60%-38%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-32%-38%-14%+35%+17%+7%-32%+10%-22%
Drugs-33%-50%+50%-50%--67%+100%-33%+100%-25%
Other Crime+50%-80%+50%-17%+200%-75%-20%+17%+100%-
Other Theft-37%-79%-71%-53%-59%-33%-29%-39%+9%-25%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-46%-41%--44%--32%+70%-8%+350%-60%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-25%-94%-17%-73%-79%-38%-30%-80%-46%-55%
Theft From the Person----50%-+200%+100%---
Vehicle Crime+200%-29%-57%-78%-63%-57%-70%+33%+200%-60%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%+3%+13%-32%+28%+3%+23%+1%+3%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Seaham

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

How dangerous is Seaham?
Seaham is among the top 10 safest small towns in Durham.

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

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

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