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Crime and Safety in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Scarborough is the most dangerous medium-sized town in North Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 699 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Scarborough in 2021 was 142 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 47% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 76 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Scarborough is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 198th 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 2,882 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 72. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 2,436 offences and a difference of 11.18 from 2020's crime rate of 61. Scarborough's least common crime is theft from the person, with 34 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 34 crimes.

Scarborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, North Yorkshire

32% higher, regional crime rate

Yorkshire and The Humber

46% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Scarborough is 32% higher than Yorkshire and The Humber and 46% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Scarborough Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Scarborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211425,667
20201365,439
20191536,086
20181425,674
20171184,725
20161214,837

Crime in Scarborough Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Scarborough This Year

 ScarboroughNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,74768.8839,79734.12 50% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft370.931,3371.15 24% safer
Burglary1754.394,4883.85 12% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson61415.4011,6409.98 35% more dangerous
Drugs2987.473,0422.61 65% more dangerous
Other Crime882.211,9231.65 25% more dangerous
Other Theft3187.976,1465.27 34% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons641.606800.58 64% more dangerous
Public Order68917.289,3398.01 54% more dangerous
Robbery360.907130.61 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting3428.585,9025.06 41% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.854280.37 56% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime902.263,5243.02 34% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,88272.2639,12033.54 54% more dangerous

Scarborough Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redcar4,343114.2924% safer
Thornaby3,438134.156% safer
Scarborough5,667142.09-

Crime Over Time in Scarborough

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Recent Crimes in Scarborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trafalgar TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Murchison PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Candler StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Columbus RavineUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Scalby RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bracken HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Clifton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sandybed LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Nicholas StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Regent StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Long WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Seamer RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Spencer WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Scarborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour87758469 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.42.41.40.93 Safer
Burglary8964.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20181815 Safer
Drugs7787 Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.22.42.2 Getting worse
Other Theft121298 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.92.11.6 Getting worse
Public Order10131517 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.00.851.00.90 Getting worse
Shoplifting1919109 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.20.850.85 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.23.62.92.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56636172 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.08112% safer
Croydon82.4872% safer
Sheffield90.0558% safer
Bristol90.5257% safer
Coventry102.2439% safer
Leicester111.5927% safer
Liverpool123.0615% safer
Birmingham129.6410% safer
Bradford132.287% safer
Scarborough142.09-
Leeds150.946% more dangerous

Crime in Scarborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barrowcliff & Northstead563102Fourth
Falsgrave82990Fifth
Ramshill & South Cliff1,509187Second
Scarborough Central877110Third
Scarborough Town & North Bay1,855238First

Scarborough Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourScarborough Central (309)Scarborough Town & North Bay (966)
Bicycle TheftFalsgrave (4)Scarborough Town & North Bay (14)
BurglaryBarrowcliff & Northstead (12)Ramshill & South Cliff (59)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFalsgrave (67)Scarborough Town & North Bay (204)
DrugsBarrowcliff & Northstead (21)Scarborough Town & North Bay (109)
Other CrimeBarrowcliff & Northstead (6)Scarborough Town & North Bay (25)
Other TheftFalsgrave (50)Scarborough Town & North Bay (122)
Possession of WeaponsBarrowcliff & Northstead (1)Ramshill & South Cliff (23)
Public OrderFalsgrave (82)Scarborough Town & North Bay (208)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Falsgrave (3)Scarborough Town & North Bay (17)
ShopliftingBarrowcliff & Northstead (5)Scarborough Town & North Bay (116)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Barrowcliff & Northstead (1)Scarborough Town & North Bay (15)
Vehicle CrimeBarrowcliff & Northstead (10)Ramshill & South Cliff (21)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFalsgrave (473)Scarborough Town & North Bay (933)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-24%+56%+62%+12%+4%--9%+3%+64%+44%
Bicycle Theft-73%-25%-14%-50%-45%-82%+14%--40%-20%
Burglary-45%-69%-25%-11%-37%-56%+9%-16%-6%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-42%-12%-18%-9%+14%+31%+11%-12%+35%
Drugs-68%-39%+48%-20%+7%+115%+47%+125%-40%+55%
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%
Robbery-60%-+300%+67%-+200%-50%+133%+25%-
Shoplifting-46%-81%-56%-55%-42%-53%-6%-40%-53%-34%
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).

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