Newcastle Crime Overview

Newcastle is the second most dangerous small town in Down, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newcastle in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 48% higher than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newcastle is the 91st most dangerous small town, and the 785th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Newcastle had the worst crime rate in Down for public order, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Newcastle residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Newcastle recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2019, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst for other crime in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newcastle are violence and sexual offences, with 311 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 246 offences and a difference of 8.48 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Newcastle's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

Compare Newcastle to other towns and cities

See how Newcastle shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Newcastle and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Newcastle Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Newcastle This Year

 NewcastleDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour54370.7813,45840.1943% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.52780.2356% more dangerous
Burglary374.826671.9959% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson13417.473,0469.1048% more dangerous
Drugs567.301,0763.2156% more dangerous
Other Crime192.484611.3844% more dangerous
Other Theft628.081,2803.8253% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.391860.5644% safer
Public Order60.781760.5332% more dangerous
Robbery30.39720.2244% more dangerous
Shoplifting162.097832.3412% safer
Theft From the Person10.13270.0838% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime131.693871.1631% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences31140.546,81320.3550% more dangerous

Newcastle Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber26729.43195% safer
Holywood40836.24139% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren37542.95102% safer
Banbridge1,05763.5336% safer
Newcastle66586.68-
Downpatrick1,181109.1321% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newcastle

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Newcastle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour62565771Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.520.390.390.52Getting worse
Burglary73.52.24.8Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson21151917Safer
Drugs5.054.87Getting worse
Other Crime2.51.41.82.5Getting worse
Other Theft9888Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.650.650.39Safer
Public Order0.780.650.390.78Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.390.390.39Getting worse
Shoplifting2.54.02.92.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.520.260.13Safer
Vehicle Crime3.12.01.61.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34343241Getting worse

Changes In Newcastle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newcastle to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7128% safer
Coventry77.4112% safer
Croydon83.224.2% safer
Sheffield85.811.0% safer
Bristol86.210.55% safer
Newcastle86.68-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newcastle change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Newcastle saw a 900% increase in drugs. Newcastle saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%-+100%+24%+18%+27%-13%+33%+6%+71%
Bicycle Theft------50%----
Burglary+50%+100%-+50%-+200%+100%-+100%+300%
Criminal Damage and Arson+120%+10%-20%-15%+178%+45%+8%-58%-71%-75%
Drugs--67%+67%+75%+900%-25%+100%+100%+133%+200%
Other Crime--+100%-33%-+500%+100%---
Other Theft-13%+150%-50%--83%+67%+350%-20%-67%-60%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--+100%-------
Shoplifting------80%-+100%--
Vehicle Crime-67%-50%--+100%----+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+39%-+8%+45%+170%-16%-33%+41%+80%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newcastle

What police force serves Newcastle?
Newcastle's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Newcastle?
Newcastle is the second most dangerous small town in Down.
What is Newcastle's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newcastle are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newcastle?
Newcastle's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021