Newark Crime Overview

Newark is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Nottinghamshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Nottinghamshire's 245 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newark in 2020 was 126 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Nottinghamshire's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Nottinghamshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newark is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 237th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Newark was the worst medium-sized town in Nottinghamshire for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Newark residents, when it was Nottinghamshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 34 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Newark recorded 40 reports of criminal damage and arson during October 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Nottinghamshire that month.

The most common crimes in Newark are violence and sexual offences, with 1,122 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 19% lower than 2019's figure of 1,333 offences and a difference of 6.89 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Newark's least common crime is robbery, with 20 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 125% from 2019's figure of 45 crimes.

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Crime in Newark Compared To Nottinghamshire

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Summary of Crimes in Newark This Year

 NewarkNottinghamshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,71255.9142,34436.4735% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1003.271,3371.1565% more dangerous
Burglary2508.165,3854.6443% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson47915.649,8068.4546% more dangerous
Drugs842.744,1093.5429% safer
Other Crime983.202,6512.2829% more dangerous
Other Theft2548.306,7615.8230% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons411.349910.8537% more dangerous
Public Order2839.246,8495.9036% more dangerous
Robbery200.657970.696% safer
Shoplifting84027.437,7256.6576% more dangerous
Theft From the Person300.981,0720.926% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2427.905,9115.0936% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,12236.6431,87527.4525% more dangerous

Newark Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Arnold1,96450.14150% safer
Hucknall2,36767.2887% safer
Kirkby-in-Ashfield1,93171.0077% safer
Worksop3,98391.3337% safer
Sutton in Ashfield4,55495.3332% safer
Newark3,843125.51-

Crime Over Time in Newark

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Newark Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38363456Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.054.73.3Safer
Burglary812108Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14161716Safer
Drugs2.41.72.42.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.13.43.2Getting worse
Other Theft1514118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.951.21.3Getting worse
Public Order8999Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.591.11.50.65Safer
Shoplifting22232627Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.291.31.30.98Getting worse
Vehicle Crime7998Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33384437Safer

Changes In Newark's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newark's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Sconce and Devon Park1----10.13

Comparing Newark to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7185% safer
Coventry77.4162% safer
Croydon83.2251% safer
Sheffield85.8146% safer
Bristol86.2146% safer
Leicester97.4429% safer
Birmingham102.8722% safer
Liverpool107.2817% safer
Newark125.51-
Bradford133.026% more dangerous
Leeds137.108% more dangerous

Crime in Newark's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newark North2,168174First
Newark South East1,014103Second
Newark South West64077Third

Crime in Newark During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newark change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Newark saw a 900% increase in drugs. Newark saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Newark's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+24%+139%+147%+71%+45%+17%+61%+133%+59%+32%
Bicycle Theft-33%-86%-74%-42%-28%-24%+157%+22%+60%-
Burglary-11%-48%-33%--27%-22%+10%+13%-21%-42%
Criminal Damage and Arson+21%-23%-67%+8%+20%-15%+27%-22%-20%-32%
Drugs+29%+50%+900%-33%-+67%+17%+17%+57%+100%
Other Crime+9%-33%+167%+57%-+67%-8%-75%--54%
Other Theft-24%-45%-17%-42%+13%-13%-34%-3%+14%-30%
Possession of Weapons+200%-67%--33%-+50%+33%-50%-25%-
Public Order+10%-30%-38%+23%+6%-3%+50%-14%-60%+11%
Robbery-60%--50%--33%-67%-80%-25%-43%-50%
Shoplifting-21%+106%+55%-56%-14%-40%+24%+5%-8%-47%
Theft From the Person-83%--+100%--50%+25%-33%+33%+33%
Vehicle Crime+68%-56%-57%-42%+44%--42%-46%-41%-52%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-38%-22%+7%-20%-19%-5%-28%-23%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newark

What police force serves Newark?
Newark's local territorial police force is the Nottinghamshire Police.
How dangerous is Newark?
Newark is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Nottinghamshire.
What is Newark's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newark are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newark?
Newark's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021