Newcastle-under-Lyme Crime Overview

Newcastle-under-Lyme is the second most dangerous major town in Staffordshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 201 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 2020 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 1.9% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 29 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newcastle-under-Lyme is among the top 5 safest major towns, and the 4,619th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2019, Newcastle-under-Lyme had the worst crime rate in Staffordshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Newcastle-under-Lyme are violence and sexual offences, with 1,108 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 86% lower than 2019's figure of 2,056 offences and a difference of 11.89 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Newcastle-under-Lyme's least common crime is theft from the person, with 22 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 123% from 2019's figure of 49 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newcastle-under-Lyme This Year

 Newcastle-under-LymeStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,28616.1415,93514.0313% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft350.442570.2348% more dangerous
Burglary1061.332,0251.7834% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3113.904,1773.686% more dangerous
Drugs390.499420.8369% safer
Other Crime420.537610.6726% safer
Other Theft2002.512,8772.530.80% safer
Possession of Weapons260.332820.2524% more dangerous
Public Order1251.571,8471.633.8% safer
Robbery330.413220.2832% more dangerous
Shoplifting1321.661,8671.641.2% more dangerous
Theft From the Person220.281660.1546% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1031.292,0221.7838% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,10813.9115,60013.741.2% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme Compared To Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,17515.1589% safer
Cannock1,60222.7626% safer
Stafford1,85828.540.35% safer
Newcastle-under-Lyme2,28228.64-
Tamworth2,37030.907% more dangerous

Newcastle-under-Lyme Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38373516Safer
Bicycle Theft0.580.700.590.44Safer
Burglary2.13.32.71.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10883.9Safer
Drugs2.20.941.30.49Safer
Other Crime1.20.951.20.53Safer
Other Theft8762.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.490.440.33Safer
Public Order2.83.53.21.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.600.590.780.41Safer
Shoplifting4.6571.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.310.610.28Safer
Vehicle Crime3.93.43.81.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29252614Safer

Changes In Newcastle-under-Lyme's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Newcastle-under-Lyme to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newcastle-under-Lyme28.64-
Barnet67.7158% more dangerous
Coventry77.4163% more dangerous
Croydon83.2266% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8167% more dangerous
Bristol86.2167% more dangerous
Leicester97.4471% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8772% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2873% more dangerous
Bradford133.0278% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradwell26332Second
Clayton & Langdale20322Fourth
May Bank12818Fifth
Newcastle Town67072First
Porthill19024Third
Westlands & Seabridge9410Sixth

Newcastle-under-Lyme Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Newcastle-under-Lyme for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestlands & Seabridge (36)Newcastle Town (383)
Bicycle TheftClayton & Langdale (2)Newcastle Town (13)
BurglaryBradwell (4)Newcastle Town (33)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWestlands & Seabridge (10)Newcastle Town (80)
DrugsWestlands & Seabridge (1)Newcastle Town (17)
Other CrimeWestlands & Seabridge (2)Newcastle Town (8)
Other TheftClayton & Langdale (5)Newcastle Town (67)
Possession of WeaponsWestlands & Seabridge (1)Newcastle Town (6)
Public OrderWestlands & Seabridge (4)Newcastle Town (52)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clayton & Langdale (2)Newcastle Town (11)
ShopliftingClayton & Langdale (4)Newcastle Town (69)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bradwell (2)Newcastle Town (14)
Vehicle CrimeClayton & Langdale (6)May Bank (14)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWestlands & Seabridge (42)Newcastle Town (284)

Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newcastle-under-Lyme change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Newcastle-under-Lyme saw a 600% increase in bicycle theft. Newcastle-under-Lyme saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during July, when it fell by 100% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-16%-2%-16%-------2%
Bicycle Theft-50%-38%-90%------+600%
Burglary-24%-24%-80%-------19%
Criminal Damage and Arson+26%-48%-69%-------23%
Drugs+13%-78%+20%-------50%
Other Crime+80%-60%-65%-------67%
Other Theft-24%-12%-60%-------38%
Possession of Weapons+67%+400%--------50%
Public Order+60%+42%-41%-------8%
Robbery+67%--75%-------64%
Shoplifting-41%-32%-78%-------71%
Theft From the Person+67%+200%-89%-------
Vehicle Crime-20%-62%-70%-------52%
Violence and Sexual Offences+45%-26%-59%--100%--99%--+12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme

What police force serves Newcastle-under-Lyme?
Newcastle-under-Lyme's local territorial police force is the Staffordshire Police.
How dangerous is Newcastle-under-Lyme?
Newcastle-under-Lyme is the second most dangerous major town in Staffordshire.
What is Newcastle-under-Lyme's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newcastle-under-Lyme are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme?
Newcastle-under-Lyme's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021