Stockton-on-Tees Crime Overview

Stockton-on-Tees is the most dangerous major 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 Stockton-on-Tees in 2020 was 125 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Durham's overall crime rate, coming in 29% higher than the Durham rate of 89 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 238th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Stockton-on-Tees had the worst crime rate in Durham for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Stockton-on-Tees residents, when it was Durham's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 45 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Stockton-on-Tees recorded 35 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst for drugs in Durham that month.

The most common crimes in Stockton-on-Tees are violence and sexual offences, with 4,445 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 3.1% higher than 2019's figure of 4,309 offences and a difference of 1.61 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Stockton-on-Tees's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 70 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 83% from 2019's figure of 128 crimes.

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Crime in Stockton-on-Tees Compared To Durham

Summary of Crimes in Stockton-on-Tees This Year

 Stockton-on-TeesDurham 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,70467.5131,72436.5446% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft700.834710.5435% more dangerous
Burglary5987.084,4935.1827% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,32415.6711,04112.7219% more dangerous
Drugs4995.912,2782.6256% more dangerous
Other Crime3353.962,3492.7132% more dangerous
Other Theft7839.275,2986.1034% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1201.425510.6356% more dangerous
Public Order1,14213.527,2378.3438% more dangerous
Robbery1311.553690.4372% more dangerous
Shoplifting6347.504,9175.6625% more dangerous
Theft From the Person790.934180.4848% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4104.853,2883.7922% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,44552.6134,32239.5425% more dangerous

Stockton-on-Tees Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Darlington10,140108.6815% safer
Hartlepool10,817120.094.2% safer
Stockton-on-Tees10,570125.10-

Crime Over Time in Stockton-on-Tees

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Stockton-on-Tees Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour80705668Safer
Bicycle Theft1.82.41.50.83Safer
Burglary9897Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17171716Safer
Drugs3.02.83.76Getting worse
Other Crime2.62.63.64.0Getting worse
Other Theft1112119Safer
Possession of Weapons0.721.01.41.4Getting worse
Public Order4.781114Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.41.61.6Getting worse
Shoplifting1821168Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.51.30.93Safer
Vehicle Crime610104.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32455153Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7185% safer
Coventry77.4162% safer
Croydon83.2250% safer
Sheffield85.8146% safer
Bristol86.2145% safer
Leicester97.4428% safer
Birmingham102.8722% safer
Liverpool107.2817% safer
Stockton-on-Tees125.10-
Bradford133.026% more dangerous
Leeds137.109% more dangerous

Crime in Stockton-on-Tees's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Eastbourne & Newham Grange1,082144First
Elm Tree & Grangefield33254Fifth
Hardwick & Salters Lane1,148127Second
Norton High Street51283Fourth
Norton North20534Sixth
Roseworth895109Third

Stockton-on-Tees Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNorton North (126)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (476)
Bicycle TheftNorton High Street (1)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (6)
BurglaryNorton North (12)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (78)
Criminal Damage and ArsonNorton North (17)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (191)
DrugsElm Tree & Grangefield (3)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (65)
Other CrimeNorton North (2)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (40)
Other TheftElm Tree & Grangefield (23)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (78)
Possession of WeaponsElm Tree & Grangefield (1)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (17)
Public OrderNorton North (21)Hardwick & Salters Lane (119)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Norton North (1)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (12)
ShopliftingEastbourne & Newham Grange (2)Hardwick & Salters Lane (82)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Norton High Street (2)Hardwick & Salters Lane (10)
Vehicle CrimeNorton North (16)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (36)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorton North (106)Eastbourne & Newham Grange (460)

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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021