Ashington Crime Overview

Ashington is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Northumberland, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashington in 2020 was 120 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 40% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashington is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 272nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Ashington had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for burglary, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.88 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Ashington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Ashington recorded 60 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 2.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Ashington are violence and sexual offences, with 1,343 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 1.6% higher than 2019's figure of 1,322 offences and a difference of 0.74 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Ashington's least common crime is robbery, with 14 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 14% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Ashington Compared To Northumberland

Summary of Crimes in Ashington This Year

 AshingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,29645.8711,36835.3223% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft190.671450.4533% more dangerous
Burglary1756.191,1933.7140% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson54719.363,40810.5945% more dangerous
Drugs933.295181.6151% more dangerous
Other Crime1254.427102.2150% more dangerous
Other Theft2418.531,8355.7033% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons371.311800.5657% more dangerous
Public Order48217.063,23310.0441% more dangerous
Robbery140.50620.1962% more dangerous
Shoplifting1565.521,3094.0726% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.531060.3338% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1455.138622.6848% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,34347.539,56529.7237% more dangerous

Ashington Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cramlington2,02569.3073% safer
Ashington3,392120.05-
Blyth4,845122.552.0% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ashington

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Ashington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48373046Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.30.920.67Safer
Burglary101186Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson23252119Safer
Drugs2.02.82.23.3Getting worse
Other Crime3.93.33.04.4Getting worse
Other Theft1314109Safer
Possession of Weapons0.990.671.31.3Getting worse
Public Order16241817Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.570.460.420.50Getting worse
Shoplifting711116Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.960.600.53Safer
Vehicle Crime5885Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43524748Getting worse

Changes In Ashington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ashington's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Ashington that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Peoples Park--1-150.80
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park22-2-260.54

Comparing Ashington to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7177% safer
Coventry77.4155% safer
Croydon83.2244% safer
Sheffield85.8140% safer
Bristol86.2139% safer
Leicester97.4423% safer
Birmingham102.8717% safer
Liverpool107.2812% safer
Ashington120.05-
Bradford133.0210% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% more dangerous

Crime in Ashington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashington East904110Second
Ashington Hirst1,638210First
Ashington South34971Third
Ashington West50169Fourth

Ashington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Ashington for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAshington South (135)Ashington Hirst (552)
Bicycle TheftAshington East (1)Ashington Hirst (13)
BurglaryAshington West (22)Ashington Hirst (87)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAshington South (39)Ashington Hirst (290)
DrugsAshington West (7)Ashington Hirst (49)
Other CrimeAshington West (18)Ashington Hirst (55)
Other TheftAshington West (28)Ashington Hirst (108)
Possession of WeaponsAshington South (4)Ashington Hirst (19)
Public OrderAshington South (35)Ashington Hirst (264)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Ashington West (1)Ashington Hirst (8)
ShopliftingAshington East (11)Ashington Hirst (86)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ashington East (2)Ashington Hirst (11)
Vehicle CrimeAshington West (32)Ashington Hirst (48)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAshington South (120)Ashington Hirst (600)

Crime in Ashington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ashington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Ashington saw a 500% increase in drugs. Ashington saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 79% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+104%+172%+64%-79%+24%+58%+54%+118%+479%
Bicycle Theft--60%--75%-+300%--+50%-
Burglary-15%-52%-+23%-13%-7%+50%-18%-21%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-34%-46%-33%+8%+42%-21%+5%+43%+62%-29%
Drugs-17%+60%+500%-43%-40%+200%+60%+22%-+450%
Other Crime-18%+175%-57%+70%+150%+225%+17%-+71%+40%
Other Theft+5%-8%-31%-27%-20%-20%+67%-47%-48%-17%
Possession of Weapons--+100%--50%+75%+150%+300%-+50%
Public Order-23%-41%-28%-15%+30%+22%+3%+14%+35%-15%
Robbery-67%--+100%--+300%---
Shoplifting-65%-57%-50%-48%-54%-64%-50%-52%-69%-71%
Theft From the Person---33%--50%+300%----
Vehicle Crime-58%-48%-60%-45%-50%+156%-42%-30%-25%+91%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%+6%+5%+22%+3%+15%+21%-22%+7%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ashington

What police force serves Ashington?
Ashington's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.
How dangerous is Ashington?
Ashington is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Northumberland.
What is Ashington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ashington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ashington?
Ashington's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021