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Crime and Safety in Blyth, Northumberland

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Blyth is the second most dangerous medium-sized towns in Northumberland, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 163 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blyth in 2021 was 113 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blyth is the 34th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 410th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Blyth had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Blyth residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Blyth recorded 66 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.7 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Blyth are violence and sexual offences, with 1,909 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 48. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 2,034 offences and a difference of 3.16 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Blyth's least common crime is robbery, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 16% from 2020's figure of 21 crimes.

Blyth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Northumberland

33% higher, regional crime rate

North East

32% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Blyth is 33% higher than the North East and 32% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Blyth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Blyth 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 Blyth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211134,470
20201234,845
20191385,458
20181475,823
20171455,740
20161084,277

Crime in Blyth Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Blyth This Year

 BlythNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,66242.049,46129.39 30% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft370.941380.43 54% more dangerous
Burglary2215.599893.07 45% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson69817.663,27810.18 42% more dangerous
Drugs992.504531.41 44% more dangerous
Other Crime1333.366672.07 38% more dangerous
Other Theft3127.891,6165.02 36% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons431.091560.48 56% more dangerous
Public Order55013.912,9119.04 35% more dangerous
Robbery250.63580.18 71% more dangerous
Shoplifting2947.441,1483.57 52% more dangerous
Theft From the Person330.83970.30 64% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1162.936902.14 27% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,90948.2910,12131.44 35% more dangerous

Blyth Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cramlington2,09871.8057% safer
Blyth4,470113.06-
Ashington3,519124.549% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Blyth

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Recent Crimes in Blyth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chestnut AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Nordale WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eighth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cypress DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Carr StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wordsworth AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cowley PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prince'S GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hodgsons RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rowan CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Simpson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gladstone StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Borrowdale AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boyne CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eider CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Charlton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Blyth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38384842 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.20.960.94 Safer
Burglary10876 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson23191618 Safer
Drugs1.21.72.42.5 Getting worse
Other Crime4.03.33.83.4 Safer
Other Theft121288 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.51.11.1 Safer
Public Order20181714 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.990.760.530.63 Safer
Shoplifting141587 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.30.830.860.83 Safer
Vehicle Crime764.82.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51515148 Safer

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 2021.

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

Comparing Blyth to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0869% safer
Croydon82.4837% safer
Sheffield90.0526% safer
Bristol90.5225% safer
Coventry102.2411% safer
Leicester111.591.3% safer
Blyth113.06-
Liverpool123.068% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6413% more dangerous
Bradford132.2815% more dangerous
Leeds150.9425% more dangerous

Crime in Blyth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blyth Cowpen1,011144Second
Blyth Isabella76194Fourth
Blyth Newsham905106Third
Blyth South17027Fifth
Blyth Town1,623172First

Blyth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBlyth South (151)Blyth Town (520)
Bicycle TheftBlyth Newsham (8)Blyth Cowpen (10)
BurglaryBlyth South (10)Blyth Town (90)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBlyth South (17)Blyth Town (242)
DrugsBlyth South (4)Blyth Town (44)
Other CrimeBlyth South (10)Blyth Isabella (32)
Other TheftBlyth South (12)Blyth Town (112)
Possession of WeaponsBlyth South (1)Blyth Cowpen (19)
Public OrderBlyth South (15)Blyth Town (218)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Blyth South (1)Blyth Town (9)
ShopliftingBlyth South (3)Blyth Town (159)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Blyth Isabella (2)Blyth Town (15)
Vehicle CrimeBlyth South (9)Blyth Town (51)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBlyth South (85)Blyth Town (625)

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 second 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).

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