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Crime and Safety in Morpeth

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Morpeth is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Northumberland, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Northumberland's 163 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morpeth in 2021 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Northumberland rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morpeth is the 181st most dangerous small town, and the 1,110th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Morpeth had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Morpeth residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Morpeth recorded 19 reports of shoplifting during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst for shoplifting in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in Morpeth are violence and sexual offences, with 575 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 468 offences and a difference of 7.25 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Morpeth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Morpeth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Northumberland

4.7% higher, regional crime rate

North East

4.0% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Morpeth is 4.7% higher than the North East and 4.0% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Morpeth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Morpeth 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 Morpeth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021801,174
2020761,126
2019711,051
2018811,193
2017731,080
201655805

Crime in Morpeth Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in Morpeth This Year

 MorpethNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37125.169,46129.39 17% safer
Bicycle Theft70.471380.43 9% more dangerous
Burglary463.129893.07 1.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1308.823,27810.18 15% safer
Drugs291.974531.41 28% more dangerous
Other Crime151.026672.07 103% safer
Other Theft835.631,6165.02 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.541560.48 11% more dangerous
Public Order1248.412,9119.04 7% safer
Robbery10.07580.18 157% safer
Shoplifting1157.801,1483.57 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.61970.30 51% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime322.176902.14 1.4% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences57538.9910,12131.44 19% more dangerous

Morpeth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hexham56648.1165% safer
Choppington51854.4746% safer
Prudhoe66155.3744% safer
Seaton Valley99561.6729% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.4410% safer
Morpeth1,17479.61-
West Bedlington80579.790.23% more dangerous
Alnwick64680.971.7% more dangerous
East Bedlington895105.0524% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morpeth

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Recent Crimes in Morpeth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near Bullers GreenOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fontburn GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near HighmoorInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near OldgateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bullers GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Southgate WoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Marden CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Staithes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Emily Davison AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The ChipInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Staithes LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The CoversInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Whorral BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Morpeth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23183325 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.410.140.340.47 Getting worse
Burglary53.84.33.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1310119 Safer
Drugs1.61.60.542.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.01.11.0 Safer
Other Theft10976 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.200.540.54 Getting worse
Public Order108118 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.140.070.07 Safer
Shoplifting7778 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.810.950.540.61 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.82.62.02.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27273239 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Morpeth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0819% safer
Morpeth79.61-
Croydon82.483.5% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0512% more dangerous
Bristol90.5212% more dangerous
Coventry102.2422% more dangerous
Leicester111.5929% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0635% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in Morpeth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Morpeth Central & East615100First
Morpeth South & West20631Second

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 among the top 5 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).

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