Gateshead Crime Overview

Gateshead is the second most dangerous city in the North East, and the 23rd most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Gateshead in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people.

In August 2018, Gateshead had the worst crime rate in the North East for robbery, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2017 was also a bad month for Gateshead residents, when it was the North East's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 51 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Gateshead are violence and sexual offences, with 6,500 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 7,200 offences and a difference of 3.46 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Gateshead's least common crime is robbery, with 91 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 1.1% from 2019's figure of 90 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Gateshead This Year

 Gateshead
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour7,98139.50
Bicycle Theft1790.89
Burglary9814.86
Criminal Damage and Arson2,33411.55
Drugs3891.93
Other Crime5042.49
Other Theft1,4597.22
Possession of Weapons1560.77
Public Order2,09910.39
Robbery910.45
Shoplifting9214.56
Theft From the Person1160.57
Vehicle Crime1,1885.88
Violence and Sexual Offences6,50032.17

Gateshead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33292940Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.920.830.750.89Getting worse
Burglary7764.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17161412Safer
Drugs1.82.42.11.9Safer
Other Crime2.82.52.32.5Safer
Other Theft1112107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.880.800.77Safer
Public Order13151210Safer
Robbery0.650.570.450.45Safer
Shoplifting10894.6Safer
Theft From the Person1.01.20.790.57Safer
Vehicle Crime6676Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30353632Safer

Comparing Gateshead to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5017% safer
Sheffield73.9913% safer
Kirklees74.2313% safer
Croydon77.188% safer
Bradford79.196% safer
London80.703.7% safer
Gateshead83.72-
Birmingham89.026% more dangerous
Bristol91.579% more dangerous
Leeds91.909% more dangerous
Leicester102.5118% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9421% more dangerous

Crime in Gateshead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gateshead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Gateshead saw a 271% increase in bicycle theft. Gateshead saw a large fall in theft from the person during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Gateshead's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+142%+134%+47%-70%+32%+40%+65%+78%
Bicycle Theft+15%+271%+64%+6%+67%-31%-29%+23%+200%
Burglary+1%-18%-28%+12%-6%-30%-12%-13%+8%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-27%-31%-1%+2%+4%-7%-20%+4%
Drugs-30%+23%+68%-20%-24%-3%-50%-9%+57%
Other Crime+39%-3%-+84%+36%-10%+9%+33%+35%
Other Theft-22%-21%-17%-35%-16%-18%-11%-30%-35%
Possession of Weapons-38%-56%+16%+171%+13%+100%-54%+86%+33%
Public Order-23%-19%-3%+5%+4%+7%-5%+6%-9%
Robbery+50%-20%+50%+17%-+175%-55%-63%+125%
Shoplifting-48%-61%-72%-54%-30%-33%-13%-62%-55%
Theft From the Person-80%-65%-25%+25%-40%+22%--59%+43%
Vehicle Crime-6%+28%-48%-23%-3%-22%-27%-16%-8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-13%-19%+4%+9%+2%+7%0%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gateshead

What police force serves Gateshead?
Gateshead's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.
How dangerous is Gateshead?
Gateshead is the second most dangerous city in the North East.
What is Gateshead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gateshead are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Gateshead?
Gateshead's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021