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Crime and Safety in Stoke-on-Trent

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Stoke-on-Trent is the most dangerous city in Staffordshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Stoke-on-Trent in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Stoke-on-Trent is the 23rd most dangerous city, and the 734th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Stoke-on-Trent had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Stoke-on-Trent residents, when it was Staffordshire's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 110 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Stoke-on-Trent recorded 296 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Staffordshire that month.

The most common crimes in Stoke-on-Trent are violence and sexual offences, with 12,380 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 54% higher than 2020's figure of 5,730 offences and a difference of 23.91 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Stoke-on-Trent's least common crime is theft from the person, with 135 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 56% from 2020's figure of 60 crimes.

Stoke-on-Trent 2022 Crime Scorecard

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20% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Stoke-on-Trent is 42% higher than the West Midlands and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Stoke-on-Trent Crime Rate Over Time

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Stoke-on-Trent Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Stoke-on-Trent

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219125,406
20204312,059
20198724,082
20189727,011
20179125,425
20168824,444

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 Behaviour9,26933.3324,58421.65 35% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3281.187140.63 47% more dangerous
Burglary1,2264.413,0972.73 38% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,13811.287,8976.96 38% more dangerous
Drugs4251.531,1841.04 32% more dangerous
Other Crime3921.411,1200.99 30% more dangerous
Other Theft2,1417.705,7705.08 34% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2340.845250.46 45% more dangerous
Public Order1,8516.654,8144.24 36% more dangerous
Robbery2961.066550.58 45% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,6766.034,3123.80 37% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1350.493670.32 35% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,1844.263,9303.46 19% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,38044.5133,89229.85 33% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Stoke-on-Trent

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Recent Crimes in Stoke-on-Trent

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spencer RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ashman StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brocksford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchfield AvenueLocal resolution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaFurther action is not in the public interest
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Dawlish DriveFurther action is not in the public interest
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crowther StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Highton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosslyn RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kennington OvalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Warner StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Montrose StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elburton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Leicester PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spencer RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Fallow FieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dorcas DriveOffender given a caution
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Huntbach StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Stoke-on-Trent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour54462133 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.820.331.2 Getting worse
Burglary64.42.34.4 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1412611 Safer
Drugs2.12.01.11.5 Safer
Other Crime2.11.80.951.4 Safer
Other Theft983.68 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.20.900.410.84 Safer
Public Order552.57 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.30.451.1 Safer
Shoplifting572.86 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.670.220.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime54.82.14.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43382145 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93129% safer
Birmingham49.6084% safer
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4811% safer
Sheffield90.031.5% safer
Bristol90.520.91% safer
Stoke-on-Trent91.34-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% 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 Boothen & Penkhull as the third most dangerous area. Stoke-on-Trent's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Baddley & Milton, Birches Head, and Longton East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abbey Hulton7119815th
Baddley & Milton2843029th
Basford & Hartshill92410013th
Bentilee & Ubberley1,173113Ninth
Birches Head2233928th
Boothen & Penkhull1,546163Third
Bradeley & Chell Heath3735126th
Cobridge & Central Forest844120Seventh
Dresden4698218th
Fen Park50610411th
Fenton1,158142Fifth
Florence60310012th
Goldenhill & Sandyford4866522nd
Hanford & Trentham West2394027th
Hanley & Etruria2,738323First
Little Chell & Stanfield7888517th
Longport & Burslem Park1,337142Sixth
Longton East1902730th
Longton West & Sandford Hill1,158184Second
Meir North6499616th
Meir Park2695325th
Meir South & Lightwood5256223rd
Newstead & Blurton South930117Eighth
Northwood7159914th
Oakhill & Trent Vale6037220th
Shelton & Joiner's Square1,124111Tenth
Smallthorne & Sneyd Green6738219th
Townsend & Eaton Park5716721st
Tunstall1,239161Fourth
Weston Coyney3175324th

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 BehaviourLongton East (68)Hanley & Etruria (963)
Bicycle TheftBentilee & Ubberley (1)Hanley & Etruria (62)
BurglaryBaddley & Milton (10)Hanley & Etruria (142)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLongton East (20)Hanley & Etruria (201)
DrugsMeir South & Lightwood (2)Hanley & Etruria (53)
Other CrimeBaddley & Milton (3)Hanley & Etruria (32)
Other TheftLongton East (14)Hanley & Etruria (241)
Possession of WeaponsLongton East (1)Hanley & Etruria (41)
Public OrderLongton East (4)Hanley & Etruria (274)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Longton East (1)Hanley & Etruria (55)
ShopliftingBirches Head (1)Hanley & Etruria (419)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bentilee & Ubberley (1)Hanley & Etruria (40)
Vehicle CrimeLongton East (5)Smallthorne & Sneyd Green (77)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBaddley & Milton (151)Hanley & Etruria (1,100)

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%+20%-7%-100%--100%-100%---22%
Bicycle Theft-18%+183%-50%------+36%
Burglary-12%+35%-67%-------22%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%+0%-69%----100%-100%-100%-20%
Drugs+2%+34%+22%----95%---10%
Other Crime+31%+85%-46%------97%-24%
Other Theft-17%+14%-60%----99%--99%-13%
Possession of Weapons-+20%-64%-------29%
Public Order+36%+25%-52%---99%-99%-97%-99%-5%
Robbery-29%-29%-90%------+19%
Shoplifting+12%-42%-79%-------8%
Theft From the Person-21%-31%-67%-------67%
Vehicle Crime+33%-2%-66%-------45%
Violence and Sexual Offences+40%+22%-54%-100%-99%-100%-100%-99%-99%+5%

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).

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