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Crime and Safety in Stockton-on-Tees

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Stockton-on-Tees is the most dangerous major town in Durham, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Durham's 169 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stockton-on-Tees in 2021 was 136 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Durham rate of 88 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stockton-on-Tees is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 225th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Stockton-on-Tees had the worst crime rate in Durham for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Stockton-on-Tees residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 79 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Stockton-on-Tees recorded 32 reports of drugs during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Stockton-on-Tees are violence and sexual offences, with 4,947 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 4,445 offences and a difference of 5.94 from 2020's crime rate of 53. Stockton-on-Tees's least common crime is theft from the person, with 77 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 2.6% from 2020's figure of 79 crimes.

Stockton-on-Tees 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Durham

44% higher, regional crime rate

North East

44% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Stockton-on-Tees is 44% higher than the North East and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Stockton-on-Tees Crime Rate Over Time

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Stockton-on-Tees Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Stockton-on-Tees 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 Stockton-on-Tees

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202113611,490
202012510,570
201913911,705
201813311,243
20171089,158
20161008,432

Crime in Stockton-on-Tees Compared To Durham

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Summary of Crimes in Stockton-on-Tees This Year

 Stockton-on-TeesDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,50941.5325,26529.10 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft971.154880.56 51% more dangerous
Burglary5626.653,8834.47 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,33615.8111,11812.81 19% more dangerous
Drugs3554.202,0042.31 45% more dangerous
Other Crime3303.912,2072.54 35% more dangerous
Other Theft7739.155,0575.83 36% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1401.665280.61 63% more dangerous
Public Order1,39216.477,8799.08 45% more dangerous
Robbery1211.433900.45 69% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,00811.934,9415.69 52% more dangerous
Theft From the Person770.913460.40 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3524.172,7953.22 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,94758.5534,80940.10 32% more dangerous

Stockton-on-Tees Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington9,851105.5829% safer
Hartlepool11,331125.808% safer
Stockton-on-Tees11,490135.99-

Crime Over Time in Stockton-on-Tees

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Recent Crimes in Stockton-on-Tees

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Castlegate Shopping CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yarm StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Consett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Northport RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Burford AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Middle StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sun StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pinder CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spennithorne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Finkle StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ilford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Ware StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brookfield RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Norton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Roseneath AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mowden CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castlegate Shopping CentreUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Belsay CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Consett CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Portrack LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Stockton-on-Tees Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour70566842 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.41.50.831.2 Safer
Burglary8977 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171616 Safer
Drugs2.83.764.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.63.64.03.9 Getting worse
Other Theft121199 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.41.41.7 Getting worse
Public Order8111416 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.61.61.4 Getting worse
Shoplifting2116812 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.30.930.91 Safer
Vehicle Crime10104.84.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45515359 Getting worse

Changes In Stockton-on-Tees's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stockton-on-Tees's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Stockton-on-Tees that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Durham Road Cemetery11---10.31
Grosvenor Road Playing Field-----10.35
Rose Garden1-1-200.27

Comparing Stockton-on-Tees to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08103% safer
Croydon82.4865% safer
Sheffield90.0551% safer
Bristol90.5250% safer
Coventry102.2433% safer
Leicester111.5922% safer
Liverpool123.0611% safer
Birmingham129.644.9% safer
Bradford132.282.8% safer
Stockton-on-Tees135.99-
Leeds150.9410% more dangerous

Crime in Stockton-on-Tees's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Eastbourne & Newham Grange1,060141Second
Elm Tree & Grangefield33254Fifth
Hardwick & Salters Lane1,301144First
Norton High Street57493Fourth
Norton North23439Sixth
Roseworth1,000121Third

Stockton-on-Tees Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNorton North (65)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (324)
Bicycle TheftElm Tree & Grangefield (1)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (9)
BurglaryNorton North (11)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (68)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorton North (34)Hardwick & Salters Lane (195)
DrugsElm Tree & Grangefield (9)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (39)
Other CrimeElm Tree & Grangefield (6)Roseworth (48)
Other TheftNorton North (17)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (77)
Possession of WeaponsNorton North (1)Norton High Street (12)
Public OrderNorton North (21)Hardwick & Salters Lane (168)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Norton North (2)Roseworth (11)
ShopliftingNorton North (4)Roseworth (81)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Elm Tree & Grangefield (2)Hardwick & Salters Lane (5)
Vehicle CrimeRoseworth (15)Norton High Street (31)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorton North (101)Hardwick & Salters Lane (636)

Crime in Stockton-on-Tees During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stockton-on-Tees change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Stockton-on-Tees saw a 200% increase in drugs. Stockton-on-Tees saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 81% compared to March in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Stockton-on-Tees's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%+99%+74%+8%-19%+3%+32%+35%+60%+28%
Bicycle Theft-81%-45%--75%-54%-33%-33%+50%-13%-38%
Burglary-31%-44%+5%-33%-42%-42%-15%-16%-8%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-22%-1%-16%-20%+2%+2%-33%-12%-6%
Drugs+48%+58%+66%+157%+16%+200%+42%+46%+21%+13%
Other Crime+17%+18%+83%+113%-48%+30%+19%-+14%-32%
Other Theft-7%-49%-9%-39%-20%-8%-16%-34%-22%-24%
Possession of Weapons-50%-+80%-8%-21%-+50%+100%-27%-50%
Public Order+10%+5%+53%+67%+7%+29%+7%+48%-7%+26%
Robbery+100%+140%+14%-58%-30%-35%+43%+21%+10%-17%
Shoplifting-53%-77%-78%-62%-51%-56%-68%-66%-62%-9%
Theft From the Person-50%-22%-62%-47%-15%+10%+100%-43%--63%
Vehicle Crime-46%-24%-62%-33%-77%-46%-60%-30%-30%-29%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%+8%-3%+25%-10%+13%+19%-2%-1%+10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stockton-on-Tees

What police force serves Stockton-on-Tees?
Stockton-on-Tees's local territorial police force is the Durham Constabulary.

How dangerous is Stockton-on-Tees?
Stockton-on-Tees is the most dangerous major town in Durham.

What is Stockton-on-Tees's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stockton-on-Tees are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Stockton-on-Tees?
Stockton-on-Tees's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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