Berwick-upon-Tweed Crime Overview

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 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2020 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 4.2% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Berwick-upon-Tweed is the 160th most dangerous small town, and the 1,182nd 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. November 2020 was also a bad month for Berwick-upon-Tweed residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.99 per 1,000 residents. Berwick-upon-Tweed recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst for possession of weapons in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed are violence and sexual offences, with 340 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 27% lower than 2019's figure of 433 offences and a difference of 7.65 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Berwick-upon-Tweed's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Berwick-upon-Tweed This Year

 Berwick-upon-TweedNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47438.9811,36835.329% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.821450.4545% more dangerous
Burglary463.781,1933.711.9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson13411.023,40810.593.9% more dangerous
Drugs514.195181.6162% more dangerous
Other Crime171.407102.2158% safer
Other Theft635.181,8355.7010% safer
Possession of Weapons80.661800.5615% more dangerous
Public Order13811.353,23310.0412% more dangerous
Robbery40.33620.1942% more dangerous
Shoplifting675.511,3094.0726% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.661060.3350% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime262.148622.6825% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34027.969,56529.726% safer

Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed Compared To Northumberland

Berwick-upon-Tweed Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hexham62352.9542% safer
Prudhoe67756.7132% safer
Seaton Valley1,02063.2219% safer
Alnwick54267.9410% safer
Choppington65168.4610% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.99-
Morpeth1,12676.361.8% more dangerous
West Bedlington80479.696% more dangerous
East Bedlington1,114130.7543% more dangerous

Berwick-upon-Tweed Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52433539Safer
Bicycle Theft0.990.490.820.82Getting worse
Burglary664.03.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14161411Safer
Drugs1.81.51.34.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.21.81.4Safer
Other Theft81385Safer
Possession of Weapons0.820.580.330.66Getting worse
Public Order12181411Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.160.160.33Getting worse
Shoplifting7796Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.900.990.66Safer
Vehicle Crime1.34.61.32.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28353628Safer

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

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

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7111% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed74.99-
Coventry77.413.1% more dangerous
Croydon83.2210% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8113% more dangerous
Bristol86.2113% more dangerous
Leicester97.4423% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8727% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0244% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Berwick-upon-Tweed's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Berwick-upon-Tweed Town77982First

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 towns 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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021