Blyth Crime Overview

Blyth is the 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 Blyth in 2020 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blyth is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 250th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Blyth had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Blyth residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Blyth recorded 57 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Blyth are violence and sexual offences, with 2,034 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is the same as 2019's figure of 2,034 offences and a difference of 0.00 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Blyth's least common crime is robbery, with 21 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 43% from 2019's figure of 30 crimes.

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Crime in Blyth Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Blyth This Year

 BlythNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,89647.9611,36835.3226% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft380.961450.4553% more dangerous
Burglary2686.781,1933.7145% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson64716.373,40810.5935% more dangerous
Drugs942.385181.6132% more dangerous
Other Crime1493.777102.2141% more dangerous
Other Theft3238.171,8355.7030% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons421.061800.5647% more dangerous
Public Order68717.383,23310.0442% more dangerous
Robbery210.53620.1964% more dangerous
Shoplifting3178.021,3094.0749% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.861060.3362% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1914.838622.6845% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,03451.459,56529.7242% more dangerous

Blyth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cramlington2,02569.3077% safer
Ashington3,392120.052.1% safer
Blyth4,845122.55-

Crime Over Time in Blyth

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Blyth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour57383848Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.21.91.20.96Safer
Burglary111087Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson30231916Safer
Drugs1.81.21.72.4Getting worse
Other Crime3.34.03.33.8Getting worse
Other Theft1212128Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.31.51.1Safer
Public Order17201817Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.560.990.760.53Safer
Shoplifting1314158Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.30.830.86Safer
Vehicle Crime8764.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44515151Getting worse

Changes In Blyth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Blyth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
South Newsham Pavillion10---834.2

Comparing Blyth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7181% safer
Coventry77.4158% safer
Croydon83.2247% safer
Sheffield85.8143% safer
Bristol86.2142% safer
Leicester97.4426% safer
Birmingham102.8719% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Blyth122.55-
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Blyth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blyth Cowpen1,088155Second
Blyth Isabella925114Third
Blyth Newsham948111Fourth
Blyth South22235Fifth
Blyth Town1,662176First

Blyth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBlyth South (165)Blyth Town (643)
Bicycle TheftBlyth South (2)Blyth Cowpen (11)
BurglaryBlyth South (14)Blyth Town (102)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBlyth South (32)Blyth Town (220)
DrugsBlyth South (3)Blyth Town (45)
Other CrimeBlyth South (9)Blyth Cowpen (34)
Other TheftBlyth South (10)Blyth Town (100)
Possession of WeaponsBlyth South (1)Blyth Town (16)
Public OrderBlyth South (21)Blyth Town (257)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Blyth Newsham (1)Blyth Town (12)
ShopliftingBlyth South (6)Blyth Town (147)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Blyth South (1)Blyth Town (17)
Vehicle CrimeBlyth Newsham (23)Blyth Town (79)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBlyth South (84)Blyth Cowpen (490)

Crime in Blyth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blyth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Blyth saw a 1,000% increase in anti-social behaviour. Blyth saw a large fall in drugs during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Blyth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+44%+103%+8%-79%-5%+33%+66%+93%+1,000%
Bicycle Theft+25%--67%--50%+250%+50%-80%--67%
Burglary-7%-16%+5%-14%-38%-27%-22%-19%--23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-30%-49%-36%-18%+9%+16%+14%+18%-30%+24%
Drugs+50%-89%-+17%+200%+100%-+450%-20%+450%
Other Crime-36%-17%+150%-25%-18%--42%+267%+100%+180%
Other Theft-34%-49%+68%-44%-32%-14%-46%-25%-9%-30%
Possession of Weapons-33%--83%+14%+600%--50%-60%-33%-
Public Order+13%-39%-9%+13%+16%+7%+11%+20%+4%+21%
Robbery---+100%--88%+100%---
Shoplifting-38%-79%--25%-23%-66%-52%-68%-70%-56%
Theft From the Person+300%-50%+100%-60%-50%-40%+300%-40%+100%-50%
Vehicle Crime-44%-38%-8%-+52%+7%+33%-8%-58%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-26%-12%+6%+3%+5%+15%-1%+3%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blyth

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021