Crime and Safety in Newcastle

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Newcastle is the second most dangerous small towns in Down, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newcastle in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newcastle is the 228th most dangerous small town, and the 1,403rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Newcastle had the worst crime rate in Down for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Newcastle residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Newcastle recorded 2 reports of public order during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for public order in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newcastle are violence and sexual offences, with 319 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 2.5% higher than 2020's figure of 311 offences and a difference of 1.04 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Newcastle's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Newcastle 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Down

37% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

4.9% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newcastle is 37% higher than Northern Ireland and 4.9% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newcastle Crime Rate Over Time

Northern Ireland
England, Wales & NI

Newcastle Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Newcastle

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Crime in Newcastle Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Newcastle This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47862.3011,64034.76 44% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.13630.19 46% safer
Burglary182.355021.50 36% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson8711.342,8898.63 24% more dangerous
Drugs536.919952.97 57% more dangerous
Other Crime111.434331.29 10% more dangerous
Other Theft354.561,1423.41 25% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons91.171460.44 62% more dangerous
Public Order50.651940.58 11% more dangerous
Robbery20.26470.14 46% more dangerous
Shoplifting81.048502.54 144% safer
Theft From the Person30.39230.07 82% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime81.043120.93 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences31941.588,31524.83 40% more dangerous

Newcastle Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber28531.42132% safer
Holywood36132.07127% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren30735.16107% safer
Banbridge1,13768.347% safer
Downpatrick1,02294.4423% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newcastle

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Newcastle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour56577162 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.390.520.13 Safer
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15191711 Safer
Drugs54.877 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft8884.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.650.650.391.2 Getting worse
Public Order0.650.390.780.65 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.390.390.26 Safer
Shoplifting4. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.260.130.39 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34324142 Getting worse

Changes In Newcastle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newcastle to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.089% safer
Croydon82.4812% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0519% more dangerous
Bristol90.5220% more dangerous
Coventry102.2429% more dangerous
Leicester111.5935% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0641% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6444% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+9%-+100%+24%+18%+27%-13%+33%+6%+71%
Bicycle Theft------50%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+120%+10%-20%-15%+178%+45%+8%-58%-71%-75%
Other Crime--+100%-33%-+500%+100%---
Other Theft-13%+150%-50%--83%+67%+350%-20%-67%-60%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--+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 bicycle theft.

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