Scarborough Crime Overview

Scarborough is the most dangerous medium-sized town 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 Scarborough in 2020 was 136 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 50% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Scarborough is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 184th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2016, Scarborough had the worst crime rate in North Yorkshire for possession of weapons, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Scarborough are violence and sexual offences, with 2,436 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 2.5% lower than 2019's figure of 2,497 offences and a difference of 1.53 from 2019's crime rate of 63. Scarborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 34 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 47 crimes.

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See how Scarborough shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Scarborough and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Scarborough Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Scarborough This Year

 ScarboroughNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,35284.0548,67141.7350% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft581.451,2521.0726% more dangerous
Burglary2285.725,1654.4323% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson70217.6011,0069.4446% more dangerous
Drugs3057.653,0872.6565% more dangerous
Other Crime962.412,0451.7527% more dangerous
Other Theft3699.256,0695.2044% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons842.117480.6470% more dangerous
Public Order58314.627,1326.1158% more dangerous
Robbery421.055730.4953% more dangerous
Shoplifting3889.735,2944.5453% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.853890.3361% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1142.863,7243.1912% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,43661.0833,44728.6753% more dangerous

Scarborough Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redcar4,040106.3128% safer
Thornaby3,194124.639% safer

Crime Over Time in Scarborough

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Scarborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour88877584Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson17201818Safer
Drugs6778Getting worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1112129Safer
Possession of Weapons1. worse
Public Order6101315Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.801.00.851.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences41566361Getting worse

Changes In Scarborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Scarborough's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Scarborough that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Crescent Gardens11---16107
Manor Road Cemetery1----00.14
Peasholm Park22-1-262.3
South Cliff Gardens711--51.5

Comparing Scarborough to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71101% safer
Coventry77.4176% safer
Croydon83.2264% safer
Sheffield85.8159% safer
Bristol86.2158% safer
Leicester97.4440% safer
Birmingham102.8733% safer
Liverpool107.2827% safer
Bradford133.022.5% safer
Leeds137.100.53% more dangerous

Crime in Scarborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barrowcliff & Northstead608110Third
Ramshill & South Cliff1,435178Second
Scarborough Central845106Fourth
Scarborough Town & North Bay1,658213First

Scarborough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFalsgrave (397)Scarborough Town & North Bay (1,162)
Bicycle TheftFalsgrave (7)Barrowcliff & Northstead (16)
BurglaryBarrowcliff & Northstead (24)Ramshill & South Cliff (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonScarborough Central (93)Scarborough Town & North Bay (206)
DrugsFalsgrave (39)Ramshill & South Cliff (102)
Other CrimeScarborough Central (13)Scarborough Town & North Bay (31)
Other TheftBarrowcliff & Northstead (33)Scarborough Town & North Bay (108)
Possession of WeaponsFalsgrave (13)Ramshill & South Cliff (28)
Public OrderFalsgrave (83)Scarborough Town & North Bay (166)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Falsgrave (3)Scarborough Town & North Bay (14)
ShopliftingBarrowcliff & Northstead (6)Ramshill & South Cliff (125)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Falsgrave (2)Scarborough Town & North Bay (18)
Vehicle CrimeBarrowcliff & Northstead (9)Scarborough Town & North Bay (29)
Violence and Sexual OffencesScarborough Central (336)Scarborough Town & North Bay (792)

Crime in Scarborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Scarborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Scarborough saw a 600% increase in theft from the person. Scarborough saw a large fall in bicycle theft during August, when it fell by 82% compared to August in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Scarborough's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-24%+56%+62%+12%+4%--9%+3%+64%+44%
Bicycle Theft-73%-25%-14%-50%-45%-82%+14%--40%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-42%-12%-18%-9%+14%+31%+11%-12%+35%
Other Crime+17%+25%+29%+100%-8%-70%-33%-29%+11%+67%
Other Theft-63%+20%-35%-20%-50%-31%-10%--21%-7%
Possession of Weapons-50%+71%+88%+63%+20%-38%+33%+17%-18%-29%
Public Order-3%-15%-13%-2%+74%+37%+34%+2%+12%-5%
Theft From the Person-50%+25%-67%-75%-+167%-50%+600%-75%+50%
Vehicle Crime-75%+25%-20%+33%-33%+38%-31%+57%-75%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%-22%-15%-20%-7%+21%-7%-4%-25%+23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Scarborough

What police force serves Scarborough?
Scarborough's local territorial police force is the North Yorkshire Police.
How dangerous is Scarborough?
Scarborough is the most dangerous medium-sized town in North Yorkshire.
What is Scarborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Scarborough are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Scarborough?
Scarborough's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021