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Crime and Safety in Shildon

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Shildon is the second most dangerous small towns in Durham, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Shildon in 2021 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 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Shildon is among the top 20 most dangerous small town, and the 197th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Shildon was the worst small town in Durham for criminal damage and arson, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 3.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Shildon residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Shildon recorded 8 reports of vehicle crime during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.80 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Shildon are violence and sexual offences, with 665 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 724 offences and a difference of 5.94 from 2020's crime rate of 73. Shildon's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Shildon 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Durham

47% higher, regional crime rate

North East

46% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Shildon is 47% higher than the North East and 46% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Shildon Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Shildon 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 Shildon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211421,414
20201421,411
20191241,237
20181411,399
20171251,241
201688872

Crime in Shildon Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Shildon This Year

 ShildonDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour57357.6625,26529.10 50% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.404880.56 40% safer
Burglary454.533,8834.47 1.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35735.9211,11812.81 64% more dangerous
Drugs222.212,0042.31 4.5% safer
Other Crime303.022,2072.54 16% more dangerous
Other Theft474.735,0575.83 23% safer
Possession of Weapons121.215280.61 50% more dangerous
Public Order11611.677,8799.08 22% more dangerous
Robbery40.403900.45 12% safer
Shoplifting707.044,9415.69 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.303460.40 33% safer
Vehicle Crime393.922,7953.22 18% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences66566.9134,80940.10 40% more dangerous

Shildon Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Seaham1,74985.2067% safer
Crook89192.5554% safer
Murton870111.3128% safer
Peterlee2,695137.003.9% safer
Ferryhill1,329141.220.75% safer
Shildon1,414142.28-
Bishop Auckland2,457149.504.8% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Shildon

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Recent Crimes in Shildon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Diamond StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near King Edward StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Ruby StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spout LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Primitive StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Walter StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glaisdale GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Birch AvenueLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Holly HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Spencely StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Regent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pine Tree CrescentLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Valley View CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Byerley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Walter StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spout LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Shildon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37375958 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.800.700.700.40 Safer
Burglary111074.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson25202436 Getting worse
Drugs2.41.92.32.2 Safer
Other Crime3.364.63.0 Safer
Other Theft12784.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.500.600.801.2 Getting worse
Public Order11101412 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.600.300.40 Safer
Shoplifting664.97 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.100.400.30 Safer
Vehicle Crime852.93.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58567367 Getting worse

Changes In Shildon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Shildon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08112% safer
Croydon82.4873% safer
Sheffield90.0558% safer
Bristol90.5257% safer
Coventry102.2439% safer
Leicester111.5928% safer
Liverpool123.0616% safer
Birmingham129.6410% safer
Bradford132.288% safer
Shildon142.28-
Leeds150.946% more dangerous

Crime in Shildon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Shildon1,513146First

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 second 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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