Morpeth Crime Overview

Morpeth is the third most dangerous small town in Northumberland, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 165 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morpeth in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morpeth is the 149th most dangerous small town, and the 1,129th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2019, Morpeth had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2019 was also a bad month for Morpeth residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Morpeth recorded 5 reports of drugs during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst for drugs in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Morpeth are violence and sexual offences, with 468 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 398 offences and a difference of 4.75 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Morpeth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Morpeth Compared To Northumberland

Summary of Crimes in Morpeth This Year

 MorpethNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour48632.9611,36835.327% safer
Bicycle Theft50.341450.4532% safer
Burglary644.341,1933.7115% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15910.783,40810.591.8% more dangerous
Drugs80.545181.61198% safer
Other Crime161.097102.21103% safer
Other Theft976.581,8355.7013% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.541800.563.7% safer
Public Order16210.993,23310.049% more dangerous
Robbery10.07620.19171% safer
Shoplifting1006.781,3094.0740% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.541060.3339% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime302.038622.6832% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46831.749,56529.726% more dangerous

Morpeth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Prudhoe67756.7135% safer
Seaton Valley1,02063.2221% safer
Alnwick54267.9412% safer
Choppington65168.4612% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.991.8% safer
Morpeth1,12676.36-
West Bedlington80479.694.2% more dangerous
East Bedlington1,114130.7542% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morpeth

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Morpeth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20231833Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.470.410.140.34No change
Burglary653.84.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9131011Getting worse
Drugs1.81.61.60.54Safer
Other Crime1.11.51.01.1Safer
Other Theft101097Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.470.200.54Getting worse
Public Order710811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.140.140.07Safer
Shoplifting7777Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.810.950.54Safer
Vehicle Crime53.82.62.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25272732Getting worse

Changes In Morpeth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Morpeth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Morpeth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Storey Park-----10.81

Comparing Morpeth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% safer
Morpeth76.36-
Coventry77.411.4% more dangerous
Croydon83.228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2111% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Morpeth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Morpeth Central & East61299First
Morpeth South & West20230Second

Crime in Morpeth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Morpeth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Morpeth saw a 1,175% increase in anti-social behaviour. Morpeth saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 91% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+179%+327%+97%-81%+13%+79%+221%+95%+1,175%
Burglary+67%-+75%-+400%+50%+150%-29%-33%+167%
Criminal Damage and Arson+121%-+80%-56%-37%+133%-25%-13%+88%-31%
Drugs-33%---------
Other Crime----+50%-----75%
Other Theft-33%-33%-62%-53%-18%-27%+22%-25%+43%-30%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------
Public Order+150%-+75%-7%-13%+80%+140%+100%-9%-9%
Shoplifting+100%-40%-50%+33%-91%-77%+38%-44%-55%+33%
Theft From the Person---75%-----+100%-
Vehicle Crime+20%+50%+33%--57%---+25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%+73%-18%-3%-30%+34%+25%+15%+50%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Morpeth

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021