Newport Crime Overview

Newport is the second safest small town in Shropshire, and is the 91st most dangerous overall out of Shropshire's 232 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newport in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Shropshire's overall crime rate, coming in 80% lower than the Shropshire rate of 58 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newport is the 139th safest small town, and the 5,393rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2016, Newport had the worst crime rate in Shropshire for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Newport are violence and sexual offences, with 204 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 25% lower than 2019's figure of 254 offences and a difference of 4.10 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Newport's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Newport Compared To Shropshire

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Summary of Crimes in Newport This Year

 NewportShropshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour15512.7010,74621.3468% safer
Bicycle Theft40.332180.4330% safer
Burglary181.471,9283.83161% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson564.593,2876.5342% safer
Drugs120.989451.8892% safer
Other Crime50.415981.19190% safer
Other Theft292.382,2764.5290% safer
Possession of Weapons20.163640.72350% safer
Public Order201.641,7683.51114% safer
Robbery20.161980.39144% safer
Shoplifting181.472,0174.01173% safer
Theft From the Person40.331590.323.0% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime171.391,3392.6691% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20416.7113,88627.5865% safer

Newport Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St Georges and Priorslee32227.4817% safer
Newport39132.03-
Lilleshall, Donnington and Muxton51932.892.6% more dangerous
Wellington84938.4717% more dangerous
Oakengates35439.2818% more dangerous
Bridgnorth50841.2322% more dangerous
Hadley & Leegomery69243.9927% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newport

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Newport Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35312513Safer
Bicycle Theft0.410.160.330.33Getting worse
Burglary4.264.01.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9764.6Safer
Drugs0.660.570.660.98Getting worse
Other Crime0.660.660.980.41Safer
Other Theft6552.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.160.250.16Safer
Public Order2.02.02.91.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.16-0.16Safer
Shoplifting3.23.43.41.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.330.660.33Safer
Vehicle Crime4.92.52.51.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23212117Safer

Changes In Newport's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newport's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Victoria Park3---704.4

Comparing Newport to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newport32.03-
Barnet67.7153% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Newport's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newport North14124Second
Newport South25039First

Crime in Newport During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newport change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Newport saw a 200% increase in shoplifting. Newport saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+106%+10%+26%------
Burglary-67%--88%-43%-60%-33%--83%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-43%-29%-29%+33%-80%+25%--50%-11%
Drugs--------+100%-
Other Crime----67%-+100%----
Other Theft--80%-33%-83%-78%-33%+33%-71%+150%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-33%---33%--+25%---83%
Shoplifting-67%-67%-----83%-+200%-
Theft From the Person-----50%-----
Vehicle Crime-60%--+100%+100%---80%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%-53%+79%+6%-36%-57%+67%-16%-54%-61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newport

What police force serves Newport?
Newport's local territorial police force is the West Mercia Police.
How dangerous is Newport?
Newport is the second safest small town in Shropshire.
What is Newport's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newport are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newport?
Newport's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021