East Bedlington Crime Overview

East Bedlington is the most dangerous small town in Northumberland, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Bedlington in 2020 was 131 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Bedlington is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 202nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, East Bedlington had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for East Bedlington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. East Bedlington recorded 2 reports of robbery during June 2017, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst for robbery in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in East Bedlington are violence and sexual offences, with 480 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 408 offences and a difference of 8.45 from 2019's crime rate of 48. East Bedlington's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in East Bedlington This Year

 East BedlingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39746.6011,36835.3224% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.701450.4536% more dangerous
Burglary526.101,1933.7139% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson17820.893,40810.5949% more dangerous
Drugs222.585181.6138% more dangerous
Other Crime343.997102.2145% more dangerous
Other Theft768.921,8355.7036% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.701800.5620% more dangerous
Public Order14717.253,23310.0442% more dangerous
Robbery10.12620.1958% safer
Shoplifting758.801,3094.0754% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.471060.3330% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime333.878622.6831% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences48056.349,56529.7247% more dangerous

Crime in East Bedlington Compared To Northumberland

East Bedlington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Alnwick54267.9492% safer
Choppington65168.4691% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.9974% safer
Morpeth1,12676.3671% safer
West Bedlington80479.6964% safer
East Bedlington1,114130.75-

East Bedlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32372947Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.51.10.70Safer
Burglary8686Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19192121Getting worse
Drugs0.941.61.62.6Getting worse
Other Crime3.22.22.44.0Getting worse
Other Theft1313119Safer
Possession of Weapons0.351.21.10.70Safer
Public Order12171717Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.470.350.12Safer
Shoplifting4.53.03.49Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.820.590.47Safer
Vehicle Crime3.4673.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40494856Getting worse

Changes In East Bedlington's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing East Bedlington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7193% safer
Coventry77.4169% safer
Croydon83.2257% safer
Sheffield85.8152% safer
Bristol86.2152% safer
Leicester97.4434% safer
Birmingham102.8727% safer
Liverpool107.2822% safer
East Bedlington130.75-
Bradford133.021.7% more dangerous
Leeds137.104.6% more dangerous

Crime in East Bedlington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedlington Station & Sleekburn1,277123First

Crime in East Bedlington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in East Bedlington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when East Bedlington saw a 1,150% increase in anti-social behaviour. East Bedlington saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 90% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+121%+186%+106%-90%-19%+95%+58%+133%+1,150%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+25%+33%+25%-44%+40%-50%-20%-75%--82%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-74%-33%+73%+37%-6%+15%+122%-36%-25%
Drugs--50%--+200%---+33%-
Other Crime--50%-50%+100%-50%+50%-33%+200%+200%+100%
Other Theft-64%+86%-27%-80%+14%-10%+150%-50%-38%+50%
Public Order+25%-38%--17%+67%+50%+33%-50%-30%-40%
Shoplifting-25%+450%+300%+50%+500%+160%+300%---
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-75%+100%-+125%-60%-86%---64%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences+85%-31%+39%+30%+26%+21%+55%+2%--17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in East Bedlington

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021