Hexham Crime Overview

Hexham is the second safest small town in Northumberland, and is the 38th most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hexham in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hexham is the 402nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,711st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Hexham had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for shoplifting, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2019 was also a bad month for Hexham residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Hexham recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst for bicycle theft in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Hexham are violence and sexual offences, with 223 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 256 offences and a difference of 2.81 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Hexham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 50% from 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Hexham Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Hexham This Year

 HexhamNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29925.4111,36835.3239% safer
Bicycle Theft60.511450.4512% more dangerous
Burglary383.231,1933.7115% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson665.613,40810.5989% safer
Drugs131.105181.6146% safer
Other Crime181.537102.2144% safer
Other Theft494.161,8355.7037% safer
Possession of Weapons30.251800.56124% safer
Public Order847.143,23310.0441% safer
Robbery20.17620.1912% safer
Shoplifting675.691,3094.0728% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.591060.3344% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime473.998622.6833% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22318.959,56529.7257% safer

Hexham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ponteland43438.3738% safer
Hexham62352.95-
Prudhoe67756.717% more dangerous
Seaton Valley1,02063.2216% more dangerous
Alnwick54267.9422% more dangerous
Choppington65168.4623% more dangerous
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.9929% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hexham

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Hexham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34261725Safer
Bicycle Theft0.170.420.340.51Getting worse
Burglary4.0873.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131366Safer
Drugs0.850.591.41.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.41.11.5Getting worse
Other Theft9874.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.420.510.25Safer
Public Order8877Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.080.080.17Getting worse
Shoplifting1184.86Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.760.760.340.59Safer
Vehicle Crime4.2594.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19222219Safer

Changes In Hexham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hexham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hexham52.95-
Barnet67.7122% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2236% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8138% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Hexham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hexham & Acomb70754First

Crime in Hexham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hexham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Hexham saw a 800% increase in public order. Hexham saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 88% compared to November in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Hexham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+50%+258%+42%-31%-+13%+82%+167%+633%
Bicycle Theft----+200%-----
Burglary-+20%--67%-40%+150%-86%-63%-88%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+17%--70%-70%-25%-+200%-13%-33%+200%
Drugs-50%-75%-------67%-
Other Crime--+300%-----+50%+100%
Other Theft-50%-63%-79%-33%-86%+100%+100%-50%-71%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-36%-13%-20%-+450%+800%-20%+50%-88%-50%
Shoplifting-57%--67%-67%+229%+80%-80%+17%-20%-50%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-71%-83%-80%-75%-86%-67%--80%-43%-57%
Violence and Sexual Offences-41%+58%-47%-37%+17%+13%+86%-13%+16%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hexham

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021