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Crime and Safety in Hexham

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Hexham is the second safest small towns in Northumberland, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 163 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hexham in 2021 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hexham is the 312nd safest small town, and the 3,507th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Hexham had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Hexham residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 2.0 per 1,000 residents. Hexham recorded 14 reports of vehicle crime during December 2019, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for vehicle crime in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Hexham are violence and sexual offences, with 269 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 223 offences and a difference of 3.91 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Hexham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Hexham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Northumberland

58% lower, regional crime rate

North East

59% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hexham is 58% lower than the North East and 59% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hexham Crime Rate Over Time

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Hexham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hexham 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 Hexham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202148566
202053623
201967783
201876892
201772842
201647554

Crime in Hexham Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Hexham This Year

 HexhamNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24520.829,46129.39 41% safer
Bicycle Theft40.341380.43 26% safer
Burglary272.299893.07 34% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson645.443,27810.18 87% safer
Drugs100.854531.41 66% safer
Other Crime80.686672.07 204% safer
Other Theft453.821,6165.02 31% safer
Possession of Weapons10.081560.48 500% safer
Public Order806.802,9119.04 33% safer
Robbery10.08580.18 125% safer
Shoplifting373.141,1483.57 14% safer
Theft From the Person60.51970.30 41% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.196902.14 80% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26922.8610,12131.44 38% safer

Hexham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ponteland49844.039% safer
Hexham56648.11-
Choppington51854.4712% more dangerous
Prudhoe66155.3713% more dangerous
Seaton Valley99561.6722% more dangerous
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.4434% more dangerous
Morpeth1,17479.6140% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hexham

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Recent Crimes in Hexham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Mary'S ChareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Broadway GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abbey ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near St Mary'S WyndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Mary'S ChareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wanless LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Abbey ViewOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Johns RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Abbey ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Maidens CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rotary WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Leazes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Argyle TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Wanless LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cecil TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Argyle TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Argyle TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cecil TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hexham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26172521 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.420.340.510.34 Getting worse
Burglary873.22.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13665 Safer
Drugs0.591.41.10.85 Safer
Other Crime1.41.11.50.68 Safer
Other Theft874.23.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.510.250.08 Safer
Public Order8777 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.080.170.08No change
Shoplifting84.863.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.760.340.590.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime594.01.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22221923 Getting worse

Changes In Hexham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hexham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hexham48.11-
Barnet67.0828% more dangerous
Croydon82.4842% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0547% more dangerous
Bristol90.5247% more dangerous
Coventry102.2453% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6463% more dangerous
Bradford132.2864% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Hexham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hexham & Acomb62048First

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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