Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Overview

Newcastle upon Tyne is the most dangerous major city in the North East, and the third most dangerous overall out of the UK's major cities. The overall crime rate in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2020 was 92 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Newcastle upon Tyne had the worst crime rate in the North East for bicycle theft, with 87 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Newcastle upon Tyne residents, when it was the North East's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 133 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Newcastle upon Tyne recorded 116 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst for drugs in the North East that month.

The most common crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne are violence and sexual offences, with 9,647 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 25% lower than 2019's figure of 12,042 offences and a difference of 7.91 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Newcastle upon Tyne's least common crime is robbery, with 203 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 48% from 2019's figure of 300 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne This Year

 Newcastle upon Tyne
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour15,68851.81
Bicycle Theft8302.74
Burglary1,4014.63
Criminal Damage and Arson3,42011.29
Drugs1,1143.68
Other Crime6112.02
Other Theft2,6268.67
Possession of Weapons3061.01
Public Order3,66812.11
Robbery2030.67
Shoplifting2,1327.04
Theft From the Person4451.47
Vehicle Crime1,4294.72
Violence and Sexual Offences9,64731.86

Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53514152Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.22.72.22.7Getting worse
Burglary8864.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18181511Safer
Drugs3.44.84.43.7Safer
Other Crime2.12.62.22.0Safer
Other Theft1416149Safer
Possession of Weapons0.961.31.21.0Safer
Public Order16191612Safer
Robbery0.961.10.990.67Safer
Shoplifting1616127Safer
Theft From the Person3.03.33.01.5Safer
Vehicle Crime7774.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36434032Safer

Comparing Newcastle upon Tyne to the UK's Major Cities

Major CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5029% safer
Sheffield73.9924% safer
Kirklees74.2324% safer
Croydon77.1819% safer
Bradford79.1916% safer
London80.7014% safer
Birmingham89.023.2% safer
Bristol91.570.37% safer
Leeds91.900.01% safer
Newcastle upon Tyne91.91-
Leicester102.5110% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9413% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newcastle upon Tyne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Newcastle upon Tyne saw a 155% increase in bicycle theft. Newcastle upon Tyne saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Newcastle upon Tyne saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+94%+59%+30%-71%+36%+55%+72%+76%
Bicycle Theft-4%-16%+16%+62%+155%+3%+28%+28%+142%
Burglary-5%-38%-40%-36%-13%+2%-19%-+8%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-41%-42%-17%-29%+3%-17%-8%-8%
Drugs-15%-1%-31%-20%+19%+4%-21%-29%+3%
Other Crime-18%+29%-3%+11%+27%-5%-25%+25%+2%
Other Theft-34%-38%-43%-47%-33%-33%-35%-23%-35%
Possession of Weapons-31%-19%-27%-13%-8%+47%-17%-28%-24%
Public Order-23%-32%-33%-13%-12%+3%-20%-9%-8%
Robbery-13%-22%-68%-59%-42%+67%-50%-28%-12%
Shoplifting-33%-61%-60%-47%-18%-42%-36%-37%-38%
Theft From the Person-30%-89%-77%-79%-53%-57%-60%-76%-63%
Vehicle Crime-13%-25%-66%-51%-56%-27%-39%-16%-7%
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-32%-27%-20%+1%-5%-2%-15%-13%

Newcastle upon Tyne's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Newcastle upon Tyne
Woolsington91811420% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne

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

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021