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Crime and Safety in Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough is the most dangerous city in North Yorkshire, and is the third most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Middlesbrough in 2021 was 164 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 54% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Middlesbrough is the second most dangerous city, and the 125th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Middlesbrough had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for burglary, with 149 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.84 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Middlesbrough residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 370 crimes at a rate of 2.1 per 1,000 residents. Middlesbrough recorded 82 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.46 the worst for drugs in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Middlesbrough are violence and sexual offences, with 11,732 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 66. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 10,039 offences and a difference of 9.55 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Middlesbrough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 181 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 8% from 2020's figure of 166 crimes.

Middlesbrough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Cities, North Yorkshire

41% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

56% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Middlesbrough is 41% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 56% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Middlesbrough Crime Rate Over Time

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Middlesbrough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Middlesbrough represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Crime in Middlesbrough Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Middlesbrough This Year

 MiddlesbroughNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9,02050.8639,79734.12 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2731.541,3371.15 25% more dangerous
Burglary1,77910.034,4883.85 62% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson4,19623.6611,6409.98 58% more dangerous
Drugs9575.403,0422.61 52% more dangerous
Other Crime7334.131,9231.65 60% more dangerous
Other Theft1,99811.276,1465.27 53% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2381.346800.58 57% more dangerous
Public Order3,20418.079,3398.01 56% more dangerous
Robbery3882.197130.61 72% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,81310.225,9015.06 50% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1811.024280.37 64% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,6059.053,5243.02 67% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences11,73266.1539,11933.54 49% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Middlesbrough

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Recent Crimes in Middlesbrough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Paul'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Spring Garden LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Monmouth RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Somerset RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Fife StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near North Ormesby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Enderby GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Normanby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cardigan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bright StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Boundary RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Albert MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Robert AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Oakfield GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Coppice RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rothesay GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Middlesbrough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour76636851 Safer
Bicycle Theft2. Safer
Burglary13121010 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22242124 Getting worse
Drugs3.24.255 Getting worse
Other Crime2. Getting worse
Other Theft14131011 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.21.41.3 Getting worse
Public Order10131418 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Getting worse
Shoplifting1915810 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime8979 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences48565766 Getting worse

Changes In Middlesbrough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Middlesbrough's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Acklam Rugby Club5----00.22
Albert Park17-2-440.95
Bonnygrove Park1---210.73
Centre Square5-8-857
Fairy Dell Park4----10.32
Pallister Park25-11933.5
Smith's Dock Park2----20.17
Stewart Park2813-981.1
Thorntree Park27-3-579

Comparing Middlesbrough to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93311% safer
Birmingham49.60231% safer
Barnet67.08145% safer
Croydon82.4899% safer
Sheffield90.0382% safer
Bristol90.5281% safer
Leicester111.5947% safer
Liverpool123.0633% safer
Bradford132.2824% safer
Leeds150.949% safer

Crime in Middlesbrough's Neighbourhoods

Middlesbrough Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Middlesbrough, followed by North Ormesby & Brambles in second place, and Ayresome as the third most dangerous area. Middlesbrough's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Acklam, Linthorpe West, and Marton West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beechwood & James Cook1,492262Fourth
Berwick Hills1,607217Fifth
Coulby Newham8189616th
Linthorpe East & Albert Park982166Tenth
Linthorpe West9119317th
Marton West2354419th
Middlesbrough Central5,479413First
North Ormesby & Brambles1,881316Second
Park End1,021167Ninth
Park Vale89416111th
South Bank & Teesville1,866183Seventh

Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMarton West (53)Middlesbrough Central (1,393)
Bicycle TheftOrmesby (1)Middlesbrough Central (94)
BurglaryAcklam (25)Middlesbrough Central (294)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMarton West (11)North Ormesby & Brambles (313)
DrugsMarton West (5)Middlesbrough Central (253)
Other CrimeMarton West (2)Middlesbrough Central (130)
Other TheftAcklam (28)Middlesbrough Central (411)
Possession of WeaponsEasterside (1)Middlesbrough Central (70)
Public OrderMarton West (13)Middlesbrough Central (626)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bankfields (2)Ayresome (87)
ShopliftingAcklam (19)Middlesbrough Central (659)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Linthorpe West (1)Middlesbrough Central (73)
Vehicle CrimeEasterside (20)Middlesbrough Central (285)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMarton West (70)Middlesbrough Central (1,929)

Crime in Middlesbrough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Middlesbrough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Middlesbrough saw a 71% increase in possession of weapons. Middlesbrough saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019. Middlesbrough saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, robbery, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour-35%+65%+59%-8%-9%-4%+0%+27%+45%+12%
Bicycle Theft-25%-53%-30%-66%-54%+45%--46%-5%-42%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-44%-19%-13%-23%+5%-1%-15%+8%-17%
Other Crime-27%-24%-5%+42%+9%+8%-25%-29%+10%+28%
Other Theft-33%-25%-21%-44%-23%-16%-25%-25%-22%-2%
Possession of Weapons--22%+60%+5%-13%+10%-23%+71%-11%-12%
Public Order+34%-18%+7%+37%-4%+9%-8%-12%-10%+12%
Theft From the Person-15%-59%-52%-69%-46%+16%-16%-5%-25%-71%
Vehicle Crime-15%+20%-23%-32%-65%-44%-20%-29%-41%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-17%+2%+6%+8%+3%-2%-7%-1%+24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Middlesbrough

What police force serves Middlesbrough?
Middlesbrough's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.

How dangerous is Middlesbrough?
Middlesbrough is the most dangerous city in North Yorkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Middlesbrough?
Middlesbrough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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