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Crime and Safety in East Bedlington

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East Bedlington is the most dangerous small 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 East Bedlington in 2021 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Bedlington is the 69th most dangerous small town, and the 502nd 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. April 2020 was also a bad month for East Bedlington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. East Bedlington recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst for theft from the person in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in East Bedlington are violence and sexual offences, with 394 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 22% lower than 2020's figure of 480 offences and a difference of 10.10 from 2020's crime rate of 56. East Bedlington's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

East Bedlington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Northumberland

28% higher, regional crime rate

North East

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in East Bedlington is 28% higher than the North East and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

East Bedlington Crime Rate Over Time

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East Bedlington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in East Bedlington 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 East Bedlington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021105895
20201311,114
20191221,039
20181211,027
2017107909
201680680

Crime in East Bedlington Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in East Bedlington This Year

 East BedlingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41748.949,46129.39 40% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.351380.43 23% safer
Burglary313.649893.07 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15117.723,27810.18 43% more dangerous
Drugs172.004531.41 30% more dangerous
Other Crime364.236672.07 51% more dangerous
Other Theft556.461,6165.02 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.591560.48 19% more dangerous
Public Order12915.142,9119.04 40% more dangerous
Robbery40.47580.18 62% more dangerous
Shoplifting323.761,1483.57 5% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.35970.30 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime354.116902.14 48% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences39446.2410,12131.44 32% more dangerous

East Bedlington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Seaton Valley99561.6770% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.4445% safer
Morpeth1,17479.6132% safer
West Bedlington80579.7932% safer
Alnwick64680.9730% safer
East Bedlington895105.05-

Crime Over Time in East Bedlington

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Recent Crimes in East Bedlington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Osborne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wood LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Warnhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jubilee MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Knox CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Warnhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dene View EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Knox CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Warnhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Knox CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knox CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Warnhead RoadSuspect charged as part of another case
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Warnhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Havelock CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Warnhead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

East Bedlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37294749 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.10.700.35 Safer
Burglary6863.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19212118 Safer
Drugs1.61.62.62.0 Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.44.04.2 Getting worse
Other Theft131196 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.10.700.59 Safer
Public Order17171715 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.470.350.120.47 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.03.493.8 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.820.590.470.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime673.94.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49485646 Getting worse

Changes In East Bedlington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing East Bedlington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.242.7% safer
East Bedlington105.05-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in East Bedlington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedlington Station & Sleekburn1,086105First

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 bicycle theft.

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