Alnwick Crime Overview

Alnwick is among the top 5 safest small towns in Northumberland, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Alnwick in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Alnwick is the 221st most dangerous small town, and the 1,543rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2015, Alnwick had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Alnwick are violence and sexual offences, with 211 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 4.3% lower than 2019's figure of 220 offences and a difference of 1.13 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Alnwick's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Alnwick Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Alnwick This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41852.3911,36835.3233% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.251450.4580% safer
Burglary172.131,1933.7174% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10112.663,40810.5916% more dangerous
Drugs141.755181.618% more dangerous
Other Crime91.137102.2196% safer
Other Theft334.141,8355.7038% safer
Possession of Weapons30.381800.5647% safer
Public Order8610.783,23310.047% more dangerous
Robbery10.13620.1946% safer
Shoplifting546.771,3094.0740% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.381060.3313% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime81.008622.68168% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21126.459,56529.7212% safer

Alnwick Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ponteland43438.3777% safer
Hexham62352.9528% safer
Prudhoe67756.7120% safer
Seaton Valley1,02063.227% safer
Choppington65168.460.76% more dangerous
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.999% more dangerous
Morpeth1,12676.3611% more dangerous
West Bedlington80479.6915% more dangerous
East Bedlington1,114130.7548% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Alnwick

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Alnwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour52393052Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.630.250.750.25Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22151213Safer
Other Crime1.
Other Theft811114.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.380.380.38No change
Public Order11111211Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.750.630.38Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences25302826Safer

Changes In Alnwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Alnwick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.710.34% safer
Coventry77.4112% more dangerous
Croydon83.2218% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8121% more dangerous
Bristol86.2121% more dangerous
Leicester97.4430% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8734% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2837% more dangerous
Bradford133.0249% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in Alnwick's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-62%+111%+79%+94%-74%+200%+90%+167%+300%+1,550%
Bicycle Theft--------50%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-50%--69%+29%+100%+250%-60%+100%+100%
Other Crime+100%----50%-----
Other Theft-75%-85%-63%-67%---67%-33%-43%-80%
Public Order--64%-13%-27%-33%-+60%+86%+33%-67%
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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021