Hartlepool Crime Overview

Hartlepool is the second most dangerous major town in the North East, and among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of the UK's major towns. The overall crime rate in Hartlepool in 2020 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people.

In October 2020, Hartlepool was the second-worst major town in the North East for drugs, with 90 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.96 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Hartlepool residents, when it was the North East's second-most dangerous major town for robbery, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Hartlepool recorded 198 reports of shoplifting during January 2019, making its crime rate of 2.1 the second-worst major town for shoplifting in the North East that month.

The most common crimes in Hartlepool are violence and sexual offences, with 3,923 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 4,173 offences and a difference of 2.67 from 2019's crime rate of 45. Hartlepool's least common crime is theft from the person, with 51 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 27% from 2019's figure of 65 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Hartlepool This Year

 Hartlepool
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour4,74450.65
Bicycle Theft880.94
Burglary6967.43
Criminal Damage and Arson1,43415.31
Drugs4174.45
Other Crime3163.37
Other Theft7037.51
Possession of Weapons1121.20
Public Order9189.80
Robbery680.73
Shoplifting7137.61
Theft From the Person510.54
Vehicle Crime4184.46
Violence and Sexual Offences3,92341.88

Hartlepool Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour72604651Safer
Bicycle Theft2.01.61.40.94Safer
Burglary1211117Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16161615Safer
Drugs2.42.83.34.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.93.43.4Getting worse
Other Theft1312108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.590.911.11.2Getting worse
Public Order3.77910Getting worse
Robbery0.791.11.10.73Safer
Shoplifting1520188Safer
Theft From the Person0.680.700.690.54Safer
Vehicle Crime14874.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27374542Getting worse

Comparing Hartlepool to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5047% safer
Sheffield73.9942% safer
Kirklees74.2342% safer
Croydon77.1836% safer
Bradford79.1933% safer
London80.7030% safer
Birmingham89.0218% safer
Bristol91.5715% safer
Leeds91.9015% safer
Leicester102.512.7% safer
Hartlepool105.24-
Liverpool105.940.66% more dangerous

Crime in Hartlepool During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hartlepool change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Hartlepool saw a 260% increase in drugs. Hartlepool saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Hartlepool's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%+99%+75%+25%-10%-14%-19%+58%+45%
Bicycle Theft-11%-82%-65%+36%-20%-64%-30%-38%-46%
Burglary+6%-21%-47%-41%+4%+5%-31%-47%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-17%-11%-9%+28%-3%-3%+63%-21%
Drugs+183%+24%+32%+21%+14%+61%-9%+260%+8%
Other Crime-3%-16%-5%+24%+85%-15%+52%+50%-32%
Other Theft-24%-36%+1%-8%-10%-23%-7%-11%-36%
Possession of Weapons+33%+150%+78%-30%+33%+33%-+71%+11%
Public Order+15%-14%+21%+85%+9%+33%+43%-23%+25%
Robbery-13%-33%+71%--9%-64%-82%-20%-50%
Shoplifting-50%-80%-52%-61%-59%-64%-66%-44%-5%
Theft From the Person+20%+50%-83%+13%-13%--38%-20%-75%
Vehicle Crime+68%+4%+21%-76%-57%-60%-59%-33%-14%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-12%+8%+11%-6%+15%-5%-3%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hartlepool

What police force serves Hartlepool?
Hartlepool's local territorial police force is the Cleveland Police.
How dangerous is Hartlepool?
Hartlepool is the second most dangerous major town in the North East.
What is Hartlepool's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hartlepool are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hartlepool?
Hartlepool's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021