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Crime and Safety in Newport, Gwent

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Newport is the most dangerous major town in Gwent, and is the 45th safest overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newport in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 60% lower than the Gwent rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newport is among the top 5 safest major towns, and the 3,899th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Newport had the worst crime rate in Gwent for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.03 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Newport residents, when it was Gwent's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Newport recorded 9 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gwent that month.

The most common crimes in Newport are violence and sexual offences, with 2,411 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 2,230 offences and a difference of 1.33 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Newport's least common crime is theft from the person, with 51 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 37% from 2020's figure of 70 crimes.

Newport 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Gwent

66% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

69% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newport is 66% lower than Wales and 69% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newport Crime Rate Over Time

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Newport Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Newport 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 Newport

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021456,142
2020456,140
2019527,022
2018557,420
2017506,745
2016466,296

Crime in Newport Compared To Gwent

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Summary of Crimes in Newport This Year

 NewportGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,03114.9317,56229.55 98% safer
Bicycle Theft1090.803180.54 32% more dangerous
Burglary3242.381,8993.19 34% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1040.769681.63 114% safer
Drugs2711.991,4822.49 25% safer
Other Crime1641.211,3882.34 93% safer
Other Theft5163.793,3445.63 49% safer
Possession of Weapons530.392600.44 13% safer
Public Order1,0747.898,06613.57 72% safer
Robbery840.622610.44 29% more dangerous
Shoplifting5444.002,1663.64 9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person510.371740.29 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4373.212,2013.70 15% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,41117.7220,32834.20 93% safer

Crime Over Time in Newport

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Recent Crimes in Newport

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Corn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cambrian RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Schooner CircleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Constables CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Brynglas AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cardiff RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kestrel WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tredegar StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Godfrey RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marayat WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Goodrich LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cambrian RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Meadowlands DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13122015 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.871.10.490.80 Safer
Burglary2.22.02.42.4 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1.61.40.930.76 Safer
Drugs3.12.32.62.0 Safer
Other Crime1.41.31.21.2 Safer
Other Theft55.03.73.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.430.360.39 Getting worse
Public Order9888 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.690.670.670.62 Safer
Shoplifting764.64.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.790.510.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.34.73.33.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18181618 Getting worse

Changes In Newport's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newport's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Newport that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Belle Vue Park12-612946
Mariners Green20102122915472

Comparing Newport to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newport45.14-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4845% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5250% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0663% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% 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 April, when Newport saw a 356% increase in anti-social behaviour. Newport saw a large fall in possession of weapons during September, when it fell by 89% compared to September in 2019. Newport saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+356%+201%+53%+31%+42%+72%+49%+24%+64%
Bicycle Theft-88%-64%-67%-63%-75%+57%+33%-29%+14%+20%
Burglary+8%-16%+112%+8%+5%-30%+14%+13%-7%+157%
Criminal Damage and Arson-54%-44%-28%-47%-47%+22%-36%+10%-47%-45%
Drugs+11%-34%+35%+77%+42%+50%-+127%+12%-35%
Other Crime+7%-50%+80%-16%+45%-61%+7%-29%-8%+63%
Other Theft-14%-49%-51%-23%-35%-19%-15%+9%-27%-25%
Possession of Weapons+83%--29%--33%+75%-89%-+25%-
Public Order-6%-26%+7%-14%+2%+22%+12%-8%-17%-17%
Robbery-13%+50%-25%-10%+25%+63%-13%+50%-56%-
Shoplifting+23%-51%-39%-49%-47%-35%-10%-25%-43%-28%
Theft From the Person-25%+10%-38%-83%+25%+100%-40%-33%-87%-75%
Vehicle Crime-58%-22%-37%-35%-49%-57%-57%-39%+103%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-21%-21%-3%-17%+14%--10%-9%-12%

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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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