Stoke-on-Trent Crime Overview

Stoke-on-Trent is the second safest city in the West Midlands, and among the top 20 safest overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Stoke-on-Trent in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people.

In February 2020, Stoke-on-Trent had the worst crime rate in the West Midlands for criminal damage and arson, with 306 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Stoke-on-Trent are violence and sexual offences, with 4,877 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 112% lower than 2019's figure of 10,349 offences and a difference of 21.35 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Stoke-on-Trent's least common crime is theft from the person, with 52 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 254% from 2019's figure of 184 crimes.

Stoke-on-Trent Crime Map

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Summary of Crimes in Stoke-on-Trent This Year

Anti-Social Behaviour5,22320.37
Bicycle Theft770.30
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3985.45
Other Crime2250.88
Other Theft8253.22
Possession of Weapons1020.40
Public Order6012.34
Theft From the Person520.20
Vehicle Crime4871.90
Violence and Sexual Offences4,87719.02

Stoke-on-Trent Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour53584920Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.20.880.30Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1515135Safer
Other Crime2.
Other Theft101083.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.871.20.930.40Safer
Public Order6652.3Safer
Theft From the Person0.410.570.720.20Safer
Vehicle Crime664.91.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42464019Safer

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

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5044% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9946% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2346% more dangerous
Croydon77.1848% more dangerous
Bradford79.1950% more dangerous
London80.7051% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0255% more dangerous
Bristol91.5756% more dangerous
Leeds91.9057% more dangerous
Leicester102.5161% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9462% more dangerous

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+20%-6%-100%--100%-100%--
Bicycle Theft-27%+183%-52%------
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-1%-70%----100%-99%-100%
Other Crime+19%+79%-45%------97%
Other Theft-18%+11%-60%----99%--99%
Possession of Weapons-+20%-62%------
Public Order+35%+26%-54%---99%-99%-97%-99%
Theft From the Person-15%-38%-71%------
Vehicle Crime+30%-7%-64%------
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%+21%-54%-100%-99%-100%-100%-99%-99%

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 second safest city in the West Midlands.
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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021