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Crime and Safety in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Berwick-upon-Tweed is among the top 5 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2021 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 4.3% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Berwick-upon-Tweed is the 230th most dangerous small town, and the 1,429th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Berwick-upon-Tweed had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Berwick-upon-Tweed residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Berwick-upon-Tweed recorded 12 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.99 the worst for drugs in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed are violence and sexual offences, with 392 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 340 offences and a difference of 4.27 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Berwick-upon-Tweed's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Berwick-upon-Tweed 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Northumberland

4.7% lower, regional crime rate

North East

6% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Berwick-upon-Tweed is 4.7% lower than the North East and 6% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Crime Rate Over Time

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Berwick-upon-Tweed 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 Berwick-upon-Tweed

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202172881
202075912
2019921,118
20181051,274
2017831,011
201664782

Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed This Year

 Berwick-upon-TweedNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39232.239,46129.39 9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.161380.43 169% safer
Burglary383.129893.07 1.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12610.363,27810.18 1.7% more dangerous
Drugs302.474531.41 43% more dangerous
Other Crime151.236672.07 68% safer
Other Theft766.251,6165.02 20% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.581560.48 17% more dangerous
Public Order13310.942,9119.04 17% more dangerous
Robbery10.08580.18 125% safer
Shoplifting423.451,1483.57 3.5% safer
Theft From the Person20.16970.30 88% safer
Vehicle Crime171.406902.14 53% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39232.2310,12131.44 2.5% more dangerous

Berwick-upon-Tweed Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ponteland49844.0365% safer
Hexham56648.1151% safer
Choppington51854.4733% safer
Prudhoe66155.3731% safer
Seaton Valley99561.6717% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.44-
Morpeth1,17479.619% more dangerous
West Bedlington80579.799% more dangerous
Alnwick64680.9711% more dangerous
East Bedlington895105.0531% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Recent Crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Percy TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near MarygateOffender given penalty notice
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Scott'S PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Etal RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Percy TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hide HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Etal RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sunnyside MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationOffender given a caution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Warkworth TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sea ViewOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationOffender given a caution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Ladywell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Berwick-upon-Tweed Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43353932 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.490.820.820.16 Safer
Burglary64.03.83.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16141110 Safer
Drugs1.51.34.22.5 Getting worse
Other Crime2.21.81.41.2 Safer
Other Theft13856 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.330.660.58 Getting worse
Public Order18141111 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.160.330.08 Safer
Shoplifting7963.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.990.660.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.61.32.11.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35362832 Safer

Changes In Berwick-upon-Tweed's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Berwick-upon-Tweed to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.088% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed72.44-
Croydon82.4812% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0520% more dangerous
Bristol90.5220% more dangerous
Coventry102.2429% more dangerous
Leicester111.5935% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0641% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6444% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% more dangerous

Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berwick-upon-Tweed Town77381First

Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Berwick-upon-Tweed change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Berwick-upon-Tweed saw a 667% increase in anti-social behaviour. Berwick-upon-Tweed saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 81% compared to August in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Berwick-upon-Tweed's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+67%+121%+58%-57%+21%-13%-7%-29%+667%
Bicycle Theft--+100%---67%----
Burglary+50%+50%-70%+33%+100%-70%+75%--25%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-42%-70%-20%+80%-40%-5%-24%-46%-42%-38%
Drugs+100%---+200%-67%---+200%
Other Crime-+200%--+50%-+50%-50%+50%-75%
Other Theft+175%-60%-80%--50%-81%-44%--33%+29%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-30%-50%-37%-19%-38%-14%+100%-56%-22%+11%
Shoplifting-40%-63%-55%-20%+20%-42%--68%-75%-64%
Theft From the Person----------67%
Vehicle Crime--+100%--+300%-20%-33%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+83%-34%-34%-55%-64%+3%+33%-50%-55%+25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed

What police force serves Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Berwick-upon-Tweed's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Berwick-upon-Tweed is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in Northumberland.

What is Berwick-upon-Tweed's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Berwick-upon-Tweed's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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