Thornaby Crime Overview

Thornaby is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in North Yorkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of North Yorkshire's 781 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thornaby in 2020 was 125 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to North Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the North Yorkshire rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thornaby is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 241st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Thornaby was the worst medium-sized town in North Yorkshire for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Thornaby residents, when it was North Yorkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 0.74 per 1,000 residents. Thornaby recorded 10 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in North Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Thornaby are violence and sexual offences, with 1,327 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 1,182 offences and a difference of 5.66 from 2019's crime rate of 46. Thornaby's least common crime is theft from the person, with 16 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 12% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Thornaby Compared To North Yorkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Thornaby This Year

 ThornabyNorth Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,77869.3848,67141.7340% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft421.641,2521.0735% more dangerous
Burglary2188.515,1654.4348% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson55221.5411,0069.4456% more dangerous
Drugs933.633,0872.6527% more dangerous
Other Crime973.782,0451.7554% more dangerous
Other Theft2278.866,0695.2041% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons371.447480.6456% more dangerous
Public Order29411.477,1326.1147% more dangerous
Robbery271.055730.4953% more dangerous
Shoplifting1626.325,2944.5428% more dangerous
Theft From the Person160.623890.3347% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1023.983,7243.1920% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,32751.7833,44728.6745% more dangerous

Thornaby Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redcar4,040106.3117% safer
Scarborough5,439136.389% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thornaby

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Thornaby Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour79706569Safer
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson21212522Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft1211119Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.551.21.4Getting worse
Public Order4.98911Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.781.11.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.550.550.62Getting worse
Vehicle Crime5854.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29424652Getting worse

Changes In Thornaby's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Thornaby's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Teesside Golf Club1----20.05
The Harold Wilson Recreation Centre5---211.2
The Littleboy Recreation Ground4---101.0

Comparing Thornaby to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7184% safer
Coventry77.4161% safer
Croydon83.2250% safer
Sheffield85.8145% safer
Bristol86.2145% safer
Leicester97.4428% safer
Birmingham102.8721% safer
Liverpool107.2816% safer
Bradford133.026% more dangerous
Leeds137.109% more dangerous

Crime in Thornaby's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thornaby Mandale66692Third
Thornaby North1,439201First
Thornaby South671127Second
Thornaby Village41870Fourth

Thornaby Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourThornaby Mandale (360)Thornaby North (778)
Bicycle TheftThornaby Mandale (8)Thornaby North (16)
BurglaryThornaby Village (28)Thornaby North (115)
Criminal Damage and ArsonThornaby Village (52)Thornaby North (274)
DrugsThornaby Village (10)Thornaby North (42)
Other CrimeThornaby Village (14)Thornaby North (33)
Other TheftThornaby Village (25)Thornaby North (121)
Possession of WeaponsThornaby Village (3)Thornaby North (21)
Public OrderThornaby Village (50)Thornaby North (125)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Thornaby Mandale (6)Thornaby South (9)
ShopliftingThornaby Village (9)Thornaby North (88)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Thornaby Village (1)Thornaby North (7)
Vehicle CrimeThornaby Village (13)Thornaby North (43)
Violence and Sexual OffencesThornaby Village (204)Thornaby North (542)

Crime in Thornaby During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thornaby change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Thornaby saw a 600% increase in possession of weapons. Thornaby saw a large fall in possession of weapons during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Thornaby's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-51%+77%+150%-15%-30%-16%+22%+1%+99%+1%
Bicycle Theft-63%-75%--+250%+50%+33%-+25%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--56%-32%-21%+78%-21%+10%-48%-9%-13%
Other Crime-50%-20%+11%-22%+500%-44%-11%+200%--14%
Other Theft-38%-54%-15%-38%-32%+25%+67%-52%--50%
Possession of Weapons-80%-+25%-+300%+100%-67%-+600%-33%
Public Order+56%-40%+20%+65%+41%+58%-17%-8%+136%+229%
Theft From the Person-------+300%--
Vehicle Crime--63%+56%-25%-50%-63%-10%-18%-55%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-+37%+32%+12%-20%+10%+14%+16%+40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thornaby

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021