Stoke-on-Trent Crime Overview

Stoke-on-Trent is the most dangerous city in Staffordshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stoke-on-Trent is the third safest city, and the 3,921st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Stoke-on-Trent had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for burglary, with 71 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Stoke-on-Trent residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 223 crimes at a rate of 0.80 per 1,000 residents. Stoke-on-Trent recorded 36 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for drugs in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stoke-on-Trent are violence and sexual offences, with 5,690 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 84% lower than 2019's figure of 10,489 offences and a difference of 17.25 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Stoke-on-Trent's least common crime is theft from the person, with 58 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 217% from 2019's figure of 184 crimes.

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Crime in Stoke-on-Trent Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Stoke-on-Trent This Year

 Stoke-on-TrentStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,90821.2415,93514.0334% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft930.332570.2330% more dangerous
Burglary6292.262,0251.7821% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,6445.914,1773.6838% more dangerous
Drugs3111.129420.8326% more dangerous
Other Crime2590.937610.6728% more dangerous
Other Theft9733.502,8772.5328% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1140.412820.2539% more dangerous
Public Order6952.501,8471.6335% more dangerous
Robbery1260.453220.2838% more dangerous
Shoplifting7862.831,8671.6442% more dangerous
Theft From the Person580.211660.1529% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5892.122,0221.7816% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,69020.4615,60013.7433% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stoke-on-Trent

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Stoke-on-Trent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour49544621Safer
Bicycle Theft1.11.10.820.33Safer
Burglary2.464.32.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1414126Safer
Drugs1.92.12.01.1Safer
Other Crime2.22.01.80.93Safer
Other Theft9983.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.801.10.890.41Safer
Public Order6552.5Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.51.30.45Safer
Shoplifting7572.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.530.660.21Safer
Vehicle Crime654.72.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39433820Safer

Changes In Stoke-on-Trent's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Stoke-on-Trent's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Central Forest Park4----00.08
Cobridge Park4---100.97
Fenpark1----00.08
Finney Gardens3----00.29
Heath House Lane Open Space2-1--50.99
Sproson Park--1--00.08
Westport Lake Park6----00.20

Comparing Stoke-on-Trent to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Stoke-on-Trent43.03-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0268% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Stoke-on-Trent's Neighbourhoods

Hanley & Etruria is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Stoke-on-Trent, followed by Longton West & Sandford Hill in second place, and Tunstall as the third most dangerous area. Stoke-on-Trent's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Baddley & Milton, Hanford & Trentham West, and Longton East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Hulton3354614th
Baddley & Milton1551629th
Basford & Hartshill3734021st
Bentilee & Ubberley53151Tenth
Birches Head1222127th
Boothen & Penkhull59463Fifth
Bradeley & Chell Heath2092824th
Cobridge & Central Forest47367Fourth
Dresden2814912th
Fen Park26555Eighth
Fenton48860Seventh
Florence2664416th
Goldenhill & Sandyford2773722nd
Hanford & Trentham West961630th
Hanley & Etruria1,041123First
Little Chell & Stanfield48052Ninth
Longport & Burslem Park59063Sixth
Longton East1181728th
Longton West & Sandford Hill55688Second
Meir North2974417th
Meir Park1232426th
Meir South & Lightwood2883423rd
Newstead & Blurton South3714713th
Northwood3705111th
Oakhill & Trent Vale3414120th
Shelton & Joiner's Square4124119th
Smallthorne & Sneyd Green3654415th
Townsend & Eaton Park3604218th
Tunstall59778Third
Weston Coyney1502525th

Stoke-on-Trent Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHanford & Trentham West (33)Hanley & Etruria (548)
Bicycle TheftBentilee & Ubberley (1)Hanley & Etruria (12)
BurglaryBirches Head (3)Cobridge & Central Forest (49)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongton East (13)Longton West & Sandford Hill (72)
DrugsMeir Park (1)Hanley & Etruria (43)
Other CrimeHanford & Trentham West (1)Tunstall (13)
Other TheftHanford & Trentham West (6)Hanley & Etruria (103)
Possession of WeaponsMeir South & Lightwood (1)Hanley & Etruria (14)
Public OrderHanford & Trentham West (2)Hanley & Etruria (77)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Meir South & Lightwood (1)Hanley & Etruria (24)
ShopliftingWeston Coyney (3)Hanley & Etruria (185)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Little Chell & Stanfield (1)Hanley & Etruria (17)
Vehicle CrimeBirches Head (3)Northwood (37)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBaddley & Milton (68)Hanley & Etruria (397)

Crime in Stoke-on-Trent During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Stoke-on-Trent change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Stoke-on-Trent saw a 183% increase in bicycle theft. Stoke-on-Trent saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during August, when it fell by 100% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+18%-7%-100%--100%-100%---22%
Bicycle Theft-33%+183%-50%------+36%
Burglary-11%+31%-68%-------20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%--70%-99%---100%-100%-100%-20%
Drugs-+29%+22%----95%---18%
Other Crime+27%+79%-47%------97%-27%
Other Theft-18%+13%-60%----99%--99%-13%
Possession of Weapons-+20%-61%-------35%
Public Order+36%+23%-54%---99%-99%-97%-99%-9%
Robbery-29%-29%-93%------+19%
Shoplifting+12%-42%-78%-------7%
Theft From the Person-21%-38%-71%-------67%
Vehicle Crime+33%-3%-64%-------45%
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%+22%-54%-100%-99%-100%-100%-99%-99%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Stoke-on-Trent

What police force serves Stoke-on-Trent?
Stoke-on-Trent's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Stoke-on-Trent?
Stoke-on-Trent is the most dangerous city in Staffordshire.
What is Stoke-on-Trent's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Stoke-on-Trent are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Stoke-on-Trent?
Stoke-on-Trent's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021