West Bedlington Crime Overview

West Bedlington is the second 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 West Bedlington in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Northumberland's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Northumberland rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, West Bedlington is the 129th most dangerous small town, and the 1,009th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2018, West Bedlington had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for West Bedlington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. West Bedlington recorded 2 reports of other crime during February 2015, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for other crime in Northumberland that month.

The most common crimes in West Bedlington are violence and sexual offences, with 373 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 3.5% lower than 2019's figure of 386 offences and a difference of 1.29 from 2019's crime rate of 38. West Bedlington's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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See how West Bedlington shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how West Bedlington and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in West Bedlington Compared To Northumberland

Summary of Crimes in West Bedlington This Year

 West BedlingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour53352.8311,36835.3233% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.201450.45125% safer
Burglary414.061,1933.719% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson11911.803,40810.5910% more dangerous
Drugs121.195181.6135% safer
Other Crime191.887102.2118% safer
Other Theft545.351,8355.707% safer
Possession of Weapons60.591800.565% more dangerous
Public Order11311.203,23310.0410% more dangerous
Shoplifting353.471,3094.0717% safer
Theft From the Person10.101060.33230% safer
Vehicle Crime292.878622.687% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences37336.979,56529.7220% more dangerous

West Bedlington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Seaton Valley1,02063.2226% safer
Alnwick54267.9417% safer
Choppington65168.4616% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed91274.996% safer
Morpeth1,12676.364.4% safer
West Bedlington80479.69-
East Bedlington1,114130.7539% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Bedlington

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West Bedlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour55463753Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.400.500.20Safer
Burglary8574.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19181912Safer
Drugs0.892.00.591.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.71.72.21.9Safer
Other Theft9985Safer
Possession of Weapons0.301.10.790.59Safer
Public Order13151711Safer
Shoplifting8763.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.890.590.10Safer
Vehicle Crime4.463.52.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41383837Safer

Changes In West Bedlington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in West Bedlington's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hirst Head Ground--1--00.43
Miners Welfare Recreation Ground3-1-124.5

Comparing West Bedlington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.412.9% safer
West Bedlington79.69-
Croydon83.224.2% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.218% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in West Bedlington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedlington Town67279First

Crime in West Bedlington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in West Bedlington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when West Bedlington saw a 540% increase in anti-social behaviour. West Bedlington saw a large fall in other theft during November, when it fell by 89% compared to November in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of West Bedlington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-63%+71%+92%+53%-54%+408%+38%+167%+74%+540%
Burglary-17%-42%-29%---80%--75%-50%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-52%-78%-17%-41%+143%-27%-10%-71%-62%
Drugs----------
Other Crime---+100%----20%--
Other Theft-+75%-13%+13%--20%-33%-50%-89%-86%
Possession of Weapons----67%------
Public Order-72%-18%-59%-8%+110%-24%-15%--45%-86%
Shoplifting-+200%-67%+67%+100%-88%-67%-67%+33%-40%
Vehicle Crime-67%-75%+50%+233%+300%+50%---50%-83%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-17%-21%+16%+189%+18%-20%-24%-7%-21%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in West Bedlington

What police force serves West Bedlington?
West Bedlington's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.
How dangerous is West Bedlington?
West Bedlington is the second most dangerous small town in Northumberland.
What is West Bedlington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in West Bedlington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in West Bedlington?
West Bedlington's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021