Shildon Crime Overview

Shildon is the third most dangerous small town in Durham, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shildon in 2020 was 142 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shildon is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 166th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Shildon was the worst small town in Durham for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Shildon residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Shildon recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during May 2019, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Shildon are violence and sexual offences, with 724 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 73. This is 23% higher than 2019's figure of 554 offences and a difference of 17.10 from 2019's crime rate of 56. Shildon's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Shildon This Year

 ShildonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour58859.1731,72436.5438% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.704710.5423% more dangerous
Burglary686.844,4935.1824% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23423.5511,04112.7246% more dangerous
Drugs232.312,2782.6213% safer
Other Crime464.632,3492.7141% more dangerous
Other Theft818.155,2986.1025% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.805510.6321% more dangerous
Public Order13513.587,2378.3439% more dangerous
Robbery30.303690.4343% safer
Shoplifting494.934,9175.6615% safer
Theft From the Person40.404180.4820% safer
Vehicle Crime292.923,2883.7930% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences72472.8534,32239.5446% more dangerous

Crime in Shildon Compared To Durham

Shildon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brandon and Byshottles1,63582.9771% safer
Spennymoor1,93288.7560% safer
Crook89592.9753% safer
Murton946121.0317% safer
Peterlee2,702137.353.4% safer
Shildon1,411141.98-
Ferryhill1,357144.191.5% more dangerous
Bishop Auckland2,596157.9610% more dangerous

Shildon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43373759Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.800.800.700.70Safer
Burglary1111107Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson23252024Getting worse
Drugs2.62.41.92.3Safer
Other Crime4.13.364.6Getting worse
Other Theft91278Safer
Possession of Weapons0.400.500.600.80Getting worse
Public Order11111014Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.70-0.600.30Safer
Shoplifting7664.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.500.100.40Getting worse
Vehicle Crime8852.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47585673Getting worse

Changes In Shildon's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Shildon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71110% safer
Coventry77.4183% safer
Croydon83.2271% safer
Sheffield85.8165% safer
Bristol86.2165% safer
Leicester97.4446% safer
Birmingham102.8738% safer
Liverpool107.2832% safer
Bradford133.027% safer
Leeds137.103.6% safer
Shildon141.98-

Crime in Shildon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shildon1,470142First

Crime in Shildon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Shildon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Shildon saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Shildon saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 90% compared to June in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Shildon's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+44%+64%+113%+146%+46%+31%+144%+104%+31%-46%
Bicycle Theft-50%---------
Burglary-33%-80%--70%-69%-29%-33%-22%-64%-62%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-50%--14%+9%-18%+69%+50%+100%+89%
Drugs+100%-+100%------25%-25%
Other Crime--80%-+150%-33%-25%-33%+25%-70%-
Other Theft--8%-10%-50%+125%-+33%--78%+100%
Possession of Weapons-+100%-------50%-
Public Order-9%+33%+56%+33%+89%+70%+17%+200%-25%-60%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+700%-85%--86%---40%-+25%+150%
Vehicle Crime+100%-50%-80%-90%-+100%--80%-80%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+33%+35%+33%+49%+200%+6%+36%+13%+21%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Shildon

What police force serves Shildon?
Shildon's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.
How dangerous is Shildon?
Shildon is the third most dangerous small town in Durham.
What is Shildon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Shildon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Shildon?
Shildon's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021