Seaham Crime Overview

Seaham is among the top 5 safest small towns in Durham, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaham in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaham is the 121st most dangerous small town, and the 975th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Seaham was the worst small town in Durham for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Seaham residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Seaham recorded 1 report of robbery during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for robbery in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Seaham are violence and sexual offences, with 834 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 3.0% lower than 2019's figure of 859 offences and a difference of 1.22 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Seaham's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

Compare Seaham to other towns and cities

See how Seaham shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Seaham and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Seaham Compared To Durham

Summary of Crimes in Seaham This Year

 SeahamDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour56927.7231,72436.5432% safer
Bicycle Theft90.444710.5423% safer
Burglary592.874,4935.1880% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson26012.6711,04112.720.39% safer
Drugs301.462,2782.6279% safer
Other Crime492.392,3492.7113% safer
Other Theft974.735,2986.1029% safer
Possession of Weapons50.245510.63162% safer
Public Order1477.167,2378.3416% safer
Robbery40.193690.43126% safer
Shoplifting823.994,9175.6642% safer
Theft From the Person130.634180.4824% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime623.023,2883.7925% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences83440.6334,32239.542.7% more dangerous

Seaham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Egglescliffe41647.3570% safer
Consett1,56862.8228% safer
Belmont69175.447% safer
Seaham1,65180.43-
Brandon and Byshottles1,63582.973.1% more dangerous
Spennymoor1,93288.759% more dangerous
Crook89592.9713% more dangerous
Murton946121.0334% more dangerous
Peterlee2,702137.3541% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaham

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Seaham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28252528Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.490.680.44Safer
Burglary64.762.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121313Safer
Drugs1.21.21.61.5Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.82.42.4Safer
Other Theft8984.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.440.290.24Safer
Public Order8787Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.150.390.19Safer
Shoplifting91094.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.540.440.390.63Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.64.84.03.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34424241Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Seaham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7119% safer
Coventry77.413.9% safer
Seaham80.43-
Croydon83.223.4% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.217% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Seaham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Seaham Central & South81795First

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 5 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021