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Crime and Safety in West Bedlington

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West Bedlington is the third 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 West Bedlington 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, West Bedlington is the 178th most dangerous small town, and the 1,106th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2017, West Bedlington had the worst crime rate in Northumberland for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2016 was also a bad month for West Bedlington residents, when it was Northumberland's most dangerous area for theft from the person, 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 406 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 373 offences and a difference of 3.27 from 2020's crime rate of 37. West Bedlington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

West Bedlington 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Northumberland

4.9% higher, regional crime rate

North East

4.2% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in West Bedlington is 4.9% higher than the North East and 4.2% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

West Bedlington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in West Bedlington 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 West Bedlington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202180805
202080804
20191031,042
20181051,057
20171081,087
201660601

Crime in West Bedlington Compared To Northumberland

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Summary of Crimes in West Bedlington This Year

 West BedlingtonNorthumberland 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38237.869,46129.39 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.591380.43 27% more dangerous
Burglary353.479893.07 12% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12312.193,27810.18 16% more dangerous
Drugs80.794531.41 78% safer
Other Crime232.286672.07 9% more dangerous
Other Theft484.761,6165.02 5% safer
Possession of Weapons20.201560.48 140% safer
Public Order10110.012,9119.04 10% more dangerous
Robbery20.20580.18 10% more dangerous
Shoplifting282.781,1483.57 28% safer
Theft From the Person20.20970.30 50% safer
Vehicle Crime212.086902.14 2.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40640.2410,12131.44 22% more dangerous

West Bedlington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Choppington51854.4746% safer
Prudhoe66155.3744% safer
Seaton Valley99561.6729% safer
Berwick-upon-Tweed88172.4410% safer
Morpeth1,17479.610.23% safer
West Bedlington80579.79-
Alnwick64680.971.5% more dangerous
East Bedlington895105.0524% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in West Bedlington

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Recent Crimes in West Bedlington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near West End Front StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near BriardaleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MillfieldOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Millfield NorthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near MillfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Perry Stone MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bellingham CourtOffender given a caution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Church LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hartford Bridge FarmOffender given a caution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Meadowdale CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Perry Stone MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hartford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Barrington CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West End Front StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bellingham CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Durham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

West Bedlington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46375338 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.400.500.200.59 Getting worse
Burglary574.13.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18191212 Safer
Drugs2.00.591.20.79 Safer
Other Crime1.72.21.92.3 Getting worse
Other Theft9854.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.790.590.20 Safer
Public Order15171110 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.59-0.20 Safer
Shoplifting763.52.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.890.590.100.20 Safer
Vehicle Crime63.52.92.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38383740 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0819% safer
West Bedlington79.79-
Croydon82.483.3% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0511% more dangerous
Bristol90.5212% more dangerous
Coventry102.2422% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0635% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6438% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in West Bedlington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bedlington Town63074First

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 third 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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