Stanley Crime Overview

Stanley is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Durham, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Durham's 185 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stanley in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Durham rate of 89 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stanley is the 30th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 412nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Stanley was the worst medium-sized town in Durham for burglary, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Stanley residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.89 per 1,000 residents. Stanley recorded 9 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Stanley are violence and sexual offences, with 1,933 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 1,787 offences and a difference of 4.33 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Stanley's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Stanley Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Stanley This Year

 StanleyDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,18635.1431,72436.544.0% safer
Bicycle Theft120.364710.5450% safer
Burglary1354.004,4935.1830% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson42812.6811,04112.720.32% safer
Drugs962.842,2782.628% more dangerous
Other Crime982.902,3492.717% more dangerous
Other Theft1855.485,2986.1011% safer
Possession of Weapons240.715510.6311% more dangerous
Public Order2988.837,2378.346% more dangerous
Robbery60.183690.43139% safer
Shoplifting2186.464,9175.6612% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.304180.4860% safer
Vehicle Crime1414.183,2883.799% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,93357.2834,32239.5431% more dangerous

Stanley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billingham2,94884.4826% safer
Great Aycliffe2,43490.9317% safer
Stanley3,584106.21-

Crime Over Time in Stanley

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Stanley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33323035Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.440.530.36Safer
Burglary6654.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171713Safer
Drugs2.02.82.62.8Getting worse
Other Crime2.03.32.42.9Getting worse
Other Theft8975Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.620.620.71Getting worse
Public Order81099Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.440.300.18Safer
Shoplifting6896Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.390.410.30Safer
Vehicle Crime4.55.04.04.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39505357Getting worse

Changes In Stanley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stanley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Stanley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beamishburn5---208
Memorial Park3---110.76

Comparing Stanley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7157% safer
Coventry77.4137% safer
Croydon83.2228% safer
Sheffield85.8124% safer
Bristol86.2123% safer
Leicester97.449% safer
Birmingham102.873.2% safer
Stanley106.21-
Liverpool107.281.00% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1023% more dangerous

Crime in Stanley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Catchgate & Dipton58674Fourth
Stanley North & East905106Second
Stanley South87792Third
Stanley West & Annfield Plain1,221156First

Stanley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Stanley for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCatchgate & Dipton (190)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (375)
Bicycle TheftStanley North & East (2)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (6)
BurglaryStanley South (25)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (54)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCatchgate & Dipton (80)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (153)
DrugsCatchgate & Dipton (14)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (46)
Other CrimeStanley North & East (15)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (40)
Other TheftStanley South (29)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (62)
Possession of WeaponsStanley South (3)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (9)
Public OrderCatchgate & Dipton (52)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (98)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Stanley North & East (1)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (5)
ShopliftingStanley South (8)Stanley North & East (146)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Catchgate & Dipton (1)Stanley North & East (4)
Vehicle CrimeCatchgate & Dipton (11)Stanley North & East (54)
Violence and Sexual OffencesStanley North & East (379)Stanley West & Annfield Plain (652)

Crime in Stanley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stanley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Stanley saw a 317% increase in vehicle crime. Stanley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during July, when it fell by 94% compared to July in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Stanley's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+69%+39%+33%+17%+5%+4%+58%--12%
Bicycle Theft-67%--50%---67%-+25%--
Burglary-35%+88%+23%--40%-61%-44%-8%+50%-58%
Criminal Damage and Arson-11%-62%-28%-30%-30%+7%-25%-8%-21%-40%
Drugs-36%+100%+88%+100%+9%-14%-50%+175%+125%-20%
Other Crime+133%+17%+300%+56%+200%-29%-50%-50%-25%-
Other Theft-23%-16%+14%+37%--19%+13%-77%-50%-58%
Possession of Weapons-33%--+50%+150%--50%+50%--60%
Public Order-6%-34%+16%+18%+36%+48%-48%-10%-42%-33%
Robbery----------50%
Shoplifting+28%-59%-61%-58%-8%-35%-14%-13%-76%-57%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+45%+317%+267%-8%-94%-78%+11%-33%+22%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%-21%+30%+23%+54%-3%-14%+20%-21%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stanley

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021