Middlesbrough Crime Overview

Middlesbrough is the most dangerous city in North Yorkshire, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Middlesbrough in 2020 was 141 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 51% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Middlesbrough is the second most dangerous city, and the 170th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Middlesbrough had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for burglary, with 156 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.88 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Middlesbrough residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 276 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Middlesbrough recorded 108 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.61 the worst for drugs in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Middlesbrough are violence and sexual offences, with 9,966 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 0.99% higher than 2019's figure of 9,867 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2019's crime rate of 56. Middlesbrough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 165 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 48% from 2019's figure of 244 crimes.

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Crime in Middlesbrough Compared To North Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Middlesbrough This Year

 MiddlesbroughNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11,93367.2848,67141.7338% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2391.351,2521.0721% more dangerous
Burglary1,78610.075,1654.4356% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,71120.9211,0069.4455% more dangerous
Drugs9535.373,0872.6551% more dangerous
Other Crime7534.252,0451.7559% more dangerous
Other Theft1,7689.976,0695.2048% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2421.367480.6453% more dangerous
Public Order2,51314.177,1326.1157% more dangerous
Robbery2791.575730.4969% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,4288.055,2944.5444% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1650.933890.3365% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,2497.043,7243.1955% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,96656.1933,44728.6749% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour88766367Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson22222321Safer
Drugs3.23.24.25Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft14141310Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.831.21.4Getting worse
Public Order6101314Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime8897Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35485656Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.71109% safer
Coventry77.4182% safer
Croydon83.2270% safer
Sheffield85.8165% safer
Bristol86.2164% safer
Leicester97.4445% safer
Birmingham102.8737% safer
Liverpool107.2832% safer
Bradford133.026% safer
Leeds137.103.0% safer

Crime in Middlesbrough's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beechwood & James Cook1,351238Fourth
Berwick Hills1,309177Sixth
Coulby Newham7268515th
Linthorpe East & Albert Park954161Eighth
Linthorpe West8088316th
Marton West1673219th
Middlesbrough Central4,442335First
North Ormesby & Brambles1,590268Third
Park End1,033169Seventh
Park Vale77714011th
South Bank & Teesville1,550152Tenth

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 (110)Ayresome (1,325)
Bicycle TheftEasterside (1)Middlesbrough Central (62)
BurglaryMarton West (18)Ayresome (253)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMarton West (18)North Ormesby & Brambles (257)
DrugsMarton West (6)Ayresome (178)
Other CrimeMarton West (3)Middlesbrough Central (154)
Other TheftEasterside (15)North Ormesby & Brambles (144)
Possession of WeaponsEasterside (1)Middlesbrough Central (57)
Public OrderMarton West (16)Middlesbrough Central (481)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Kader (1)Ayresome (72)
ShopliftingMarton West (3)Middlesbrough Central (512)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ormesby (1)Middlesbrough Central (50)
Vehicle CrimeMarton West (13)Middlesbrough Central (222)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMarton West (66)Beechwood & James Cook (634)

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, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour-35%+65%+61%-8%-9%-4%0%+26%+44%+12%
Bicycle Theft-25%-53%-30%-66%-53%+45%--46%-5%-39%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-43%-19%-13%-22%+5%-1%-15%+7%-17%
Other Crime-28%-24%-4%+42%+9%+8%-26%-29%+10%+28%
Other Theft-33%-25%-21%-45%-23%-17%-26%-23%-23%-3%
Possession of Weapons--22%+60%+5%-13%+10%-23%+71%-11%-12%
Public Order+35%-18%+7%+36%-4%+9%-8%-12%-10%+10%
Theft From the Person-15%-57%-52%-69%-50%+16%-16%--25%-71%
Vehicle Crime-15%+18%-20%-32%-66%-44%-23%-28%-42%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-17%+2%+5%+7%+3%-3%-8%-2%+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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021