Newport Crime Overview

Newport is the most dangerous major town in Gwent, and is the 51st safest overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newport in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the Gwent rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newport is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 3,331st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Newport had the worst crime rate in Gwent for burglary, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Newport residents, when it was Gwent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.05 per 1,000 residents. Newport recorded 18 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for drugs in Gwent that month.

The most common crimes in Newport are violence and sexual offences, with 2,730 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 5.0% lower than 2019's figure of 2,866 offences and a difference of 1.00 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Newport's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 42 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 10% from 2019's figure of 46 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newport This Year

 NewportGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,15323.1723,95440.3074% safer
Bicycle Theft640.472860.482.1% safer
Burglary3722.732,2213.7437% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1511.111,3262.23101% safer
Drugs3052.241,7702.9833% safer
Other Crime2171.591,4262.4051% safer
Other Theft4703.453,3175.5862% safer
Possession of Weapons420.312570.4339% safer
Public Order1,1088.147,95713.3964% safer
Robbery680.502490.4216% more dangerous
Shoplifting4503.312,4244.0823% safer
Theft From the Person560.412220.3710% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4303.162,5004.2133% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,73020.0619,20732.3161% safer

Crime in Newport Compared To Gwent

Newport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20131423Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.730.730.47Safer
Burglary1.22.52.32.7Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson91.81.71.1Safer
Drugs2.32.52.12.2Safer
Other Crime1.31.61.41.6Getting worse
Other Theft564.73.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.260.310.340.31Getting worse
Public Order5.0998Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.500.620.50Safer
Shoplifting54.84.23.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.690.560.41Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.14.33.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15212120Getting worse

Changes In Newport's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Newport to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newport47.49-
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Newport During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newport change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Newport saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Newport saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 84% compared to March in 2019. Newport saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+288%+154%+75%+43%+35%+59%+46%+34%+99%
Bicycle Theft-84%-17%-25%-71%-58%+83%+14%+25%-40%+33%
Burglary-10%-33%+90%+4%+53%-13%+33%-12%+57%+5%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-59%-58%-62%-22%+125%-58%-14%-45%-50%
Drugs-27%-21%+73%+41%+40%+10%-+56%-10%-33%
Other Crime-17%-22%+109%-12%+171%-13%+54%-17%+13%+100%
Other Theft-35%-47%-45%-31%-22%-6%-9%-23%-6%-42%
Possession of Weapons--17%-63%+300%+25%-67%---20%-
Public Order-14%-36%+13%-18%-6%-11%+11%-8%-14%-14%
Robbery-56%-63%-71%+38%-50%-18%+20%-13%-11%-40%
Shoplifting+38%-62%-24%-52%-38%-37%-21%-31%-41%-25%
Theft From the Person+20%+20%+125%-57%-43%+100%+33%-33%-83%-
Vehicle Crime-47%-12%-3%-44%-36%-54%-51%-43%+20%-10%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-5%-15%-4%-24%+19%+8%-15%+8%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newport

What police force serves Newport?
Newport's local territorial police force is the Gwent Police.
How dangerous is Newport?
Newport is the most dangerous major town in Gwent.
What is Newport's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newport are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newport?
Newport's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021