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Crime and Safety in Alnwick

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Alnwick is the second most dangerous small towns in Northumberland, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 163 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Alnwick in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Alnwick is the 172nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,068th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Alnwick had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2015 was also a bad month for Alnwick residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Alnwick are violence and sexual offences, with 279 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 24% higher than 2020's figure of 211 offences and a difference of 8.52 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Alnwick's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Alnwick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Northumberland

6% higher, regional crime rate

North East

6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Alnwick is 6% higher than the North East and 6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Alnwick Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Alnwick 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 Alnwick

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202181646
202068542
201983662
201885675
201783661
201680637

Crime in Alnwick Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Alnwick This Year

 AlnwickNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50463.179,46129.39 53% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.131380.43 231% safer
Burglary172.139893.07 44% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10112.663,27810.18 20% more dangerous
Drugs141.754531.41 19% more dangerous
Other Crime243.016672.07 31% more dangerous
Other Theft405.011,6165.02 0.20% safer
Possession of Weapons70.881560.48 45% more dangerous
Public Order10913.662,9119.04 34% more dangerous
Robbery10.13580.18 38% safer
Shoplifting354.391,1483.57 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.38970.30 21% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime151.886902.14 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27934.9710,12131.44 10% more dangerous

Alnwick Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Prudhoe66155.3746% safer
Seaton Valley99561.6731% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.4412% safer
Morpeth1,17479.611.7% safer
West Bedlington80579.791.5% safer
Alnwick64680.97-
East Bedlington895105.0523% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Alnwick

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Recent Crimes in Alnwick

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Greensfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belle Vue GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near PottergateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near NarrowgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clayport SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NarrowgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fenkle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tower LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Alnwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39305263 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.250.750.250.13 Safer
Burglary3.84.32.12.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15121313 Safer
Drugs2.52.81.81.8 Safer
Other Crime2.31.11.13.0 Getting worse
Other Theft11114.15 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.380.380.88 Getting worse
Public Order11121114 Getting worse
Shoplifting6974.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.630.380.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.41.01.9 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences30282635 Getting worse

Changes In Alnwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Alnwick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Alnwick80.97-
Croydon82.481.8% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6438% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Alnwick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alnwick62693First

Crime in Alnwick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Alnwick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Alnwick saw a 1,550% increase in anti-social behaviour. Alnwick saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-62%+111%+79%+94%-74%+200%+90%+167%+300%+1,550%
Bicycle Theft--------50%--
Burglary-50%--75%--+300%-50%--80%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-50%--69%+29%+100%+250%-60%+100%+100%
Drugs-50%---67%+50%---50%--
Other Crime+100%----50%-----
Other Theft-75%-85%-63%-67%---67%-33%-43%-80%
Public Order--64%-13%-27%-33%-+60%+86%+33%-67%
Shoplifting-67%---33%-17%-38%-56%-90%-50%-90%
Vehicle Crime---+100%-50%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-44%-5%-25%-20%+60%+6%+79%+110%-37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Alnwick

What police force serves Alnwick?
Alnwick's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is Alnwick?
Alnwick is the second most dangerous small town in Northumberland.

What is Alnwick's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Alnwick are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Alnwick?
Alnwick's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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