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.

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Summary of Crimes in Stoke-on-Trent This Year

 Stoke-on-Trent
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,22320.37
Bicycle Theft770.30
Burglary5562.17
Criminal Damage and Arson1,3985.45
Drugs2691.05
Other Crime2250.88
Other Theft8253.22
Possession of Weapons1020.40
Public Order6012.34
Robbery1050.41
Shoplifting6582.57
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 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53584920Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.20.880.30Safer
Burglary2.664.62.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1515135Safer
Drugs2.02.32.21.0Safer
Other Crime2.42.21.90.88Safer
Other Theft101083.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.871.20.930.40Safer
Public Order6652.3Safer
Robbery1.31.61.40.41Safer
Shoplifting8682.6Safer
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
Stoke-on-Trent39.91-
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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+20%-6%-100%--100%-100%--
Bicycle Theft-27%+183%-52%------
Burglary-12%+33%-67%------
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-1%-70%----100%-99%-100%
Drugs-2%+26%+20%----95%--
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%
Robbery-25%-32%-93%------
Shoplifting+13%-41%-79%------
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