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Crime and Safety in Spennymoor

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Spennymoor is the third safest small town in Durham, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Spennymoor in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Spennymoor is the 171st most dangerous small town, and the 1,065th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Spennymoor was the worst small town in Durham for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Spennymoor residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Spennymoor recorded 6 reports of drugs during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Spennymoor are violence and sexual offences, with 844 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 14% lower than 2020's figure of 964 offences and a difference of 5.52 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Spennymoor's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Spennymoor 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Durham

6% higher, regional crime rate

North East

6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Spennymoor is 6% higher than the North East and 6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Spennymoor Crime Rate Over Time

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Spennymoor Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Spennymoor 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 Spennymoor

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021811,764
2020891,932
2019871,900
2018891,935
2017851,840
2016621,346

Crime in Spennymoor Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Spennymoor This Year

 SpennymoorDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour59727.4325,26529.10 6% safer
Bicycle Theft100.464880.56 22% safer
Burglary924.233,8834.47 6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson28813.2311,11812.81 3.2% more dangerous
Drugs321.472,0042.31 57% safer
Other Crime431.982,2072.54 28% safer
Other Theft1054.825,0575.83 21% safer
Possession of Weapons70.325280.61 91% safer
Public Order1577.217,8799.08 26% safer
Robbery50.233900.45 96% safer
Shoplifting1064.874,9415.69 17% safer
Theft From the Person130.603460.40 33% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime622.852,7953.22 13% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences84438.7734,80940.10 3.4% safer

Spennymoor Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Egglescliffe41547.2472% safer
Consett1,48259.3736% safer
Spennymoor1,76481.04-
Belmont74681.440.49% more dangerous
Brandon and Byshottles1,62682.511.8% more dangerous
Seaham1,74985.204.9% more dangerous
Crook89192.5512% more dangerous
Murton870111.3127% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Spennymoor

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Recent Crimes in Spennymoor

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Front StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near MoorsideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Poplar DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Heath RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Half Moon LaneSuspect charged as part of another case
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Scargill DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Paul'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near B6288Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wear ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near CheapsideFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Tudhoe MoorInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bishop'S CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tudhoe LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Clarence StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MoorsideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tudhoe LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near James StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Spennymoor Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25283527 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.550.690.46 Safer
Burglary7754.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141313 Safer
Drugs1.32.72.01.5 Safer
Other Crime2.92.22.62.0 Safer
Other Theft5654.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.460.230.32 Safer
Public Order7787 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.140.230.23 Getting worse
Shoplifting874.14.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.320.410.320.60 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.03.01.92.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36374439 Getting worse

Changes In Spennymoor's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Spennymoor to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Spennymoor81.04-
Croydon82.481.7% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5210% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Spennymoor's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Spennymoor West89690First
Tudhoe Grange33348Second

Crime in Spennymoor During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Spennymoor change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Spennymoor saw a 750% increase in burglary. Spennymoor saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Spennymoor's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+144%+80%+57%+50%+55%+18%-2%-53%-60%
Bicycle Theft-67%-+100%--50%--50%---
Burglary+750%-23%-40%+100%-74%+30%-43%-86%-55%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson+74%-40%-5%+21%+100%-42%-21%+65%-20%-50%
Drugs-50%-75%+75%-50%-25%+33%-40%+133%--50%
Other Crime+20%+50%+400%+100%+600%+33%-33%+50%-63%-
Other Theft+100%-43%+60%+38%-50%+57%-30%-64%+33%-57%
Possession of Weapons-----50%-----
Public Order+33%-13%+47%+33%+60%-18%-+63%+11%-31%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-69%-75%-87%-50%-60%-10%-7%-31%+20%-67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-71%-90%--57%-43%+200%+200%-33%+50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%+6%+87%+11%+80%+31%-13%+33%--3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Spennymoor

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

How dangerous is Spennymoor?
Spennymoor is the third safest small town in Durham.

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

What is the least common crime in Spennymoor?
Spennymoor's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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