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Crime and Safety in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Newcastle-under-Lyme is the third most dangerous major town in Staffordshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Staffordshire's 197 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 2021 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Staffordshire's overall crime rate, coming in 3.2% lower than the Staffordshire rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newcastle-under-Lyme is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,356th most dangerous 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 2,278 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 53% higher than 2020's figure of 1,066 offences and a difference of 15.21 from 2020's crime rate of 13. Newcastle-under-Lyme's least common crime is theft from the person, with 32 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 31% from 2020's figure of 22 crimes.

Newcastle-under-Lyme 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Staffordshire

9% higher, regional crime rate

West Midlands

25% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newcastle-under-Lyme is 9% higher than the West Midlands and 25% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Crime Rate Over Time

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Newcastle-under-Lyme Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Newcastle-under-Lyme represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Newcastle-under-Lyme

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021584,643
2020282,203
2019594,713
2018584,625
2017614,884
2016614,835

Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme Compared To Staffordshire

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Summary of Crimes in Newcastle-under-Lyme This Year

 Newcastle-under-LymeStaffordshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,88323.6324,58421.65 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft760.957140.63 34% more dangerous
Burglary2262.843,0972.73 3.9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson5597.027,8976.96 0.85% more dangerous
Drugs690.871,1841.04 20% safer
Other Crime640.801,1200.99 24% safer
Other Theft3924.925,7705.08 3.3% safer
Possession of Weapons370.465250.460% safer
Public Order3173.984,8144.24 7% safer
Robbery330.416550.58 41% safer
Shoplifting3404.274,3123.80 11% more dangerous
Theft From the Person320.403670.32 20% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2202.763,9303.46 25% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,27828.5933,89229.85 4.4% safer

Newcastle-under-Lyme Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burton upon Trent1,58520.44185% safer
Cannock3,92755.784.5% safer
Newcastle-under-Lyme4,64358.27-
Stafford3,98361.174.7% more dangerous
Tamworth4,80162.607% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Recent Crimes in Newcastle-under-Lyme

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
February 2022Other theftOn or near Poolfield Avenue NorthUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Castle Hill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sidmouth AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Garnett Road EastUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Deakin GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lymebrook WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Inglewood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Silverdale RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near King StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wedgwood StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lodge GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bridge StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Moreton ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect

Newcastle-under-Lyme Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35331524 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.690.580.410.95 Getting worse
Burglary3.12.61.32.8 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson883.87 Safer
Drugs0.901.20.490.87 Safer
Other Crime0.921.20.510.80 Safer
Other Theft762.44.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.380.300.46 Getting worse
Public Order3.43.11.54.0 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.740.410.41 Safer
Shoplifting571.64.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.580.280.40 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.43.71.32.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24251329 Getting worse

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

Offences in Newcastle-under-Lyme's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Newcastle-under-Lyme that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chesterton Memorial Park----100.32

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

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9346% safer
Birmingham49.6017% safer
Newcastle-under-Lyme58.27-
Barnet67.0813% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0335% more dangerous
Bristol90.5236% more dangerous
Leicester111.5948% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle-under-Lyme's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bradwell46055Second
Clayton & Langdale35439Fourth
May Bank22932Fifth
Newcastle Town1,707184First
Porthill40350Third
Westlands & Seabridge23525Sixth

Newcastle-under-Lyme Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestlands & Seabridge (104)Newcastle Town (712)
Bicycle TheftClayton & Langdale (1)Newcastle Town (43)
BurglaryBradwell (13)Newcastle Town (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWestlands & Seabridge (32)Newcastle Town (207)
DrugsMay Bank (2)Newcastle Town (24)
Other CrimeWestlands & Seabridge (2)Newcastle Town (16)
Other TheftWestlands & Seabridge (15)Newcastle Town (135)
Possession of WeaponsWestlands & Seabridge (1)Newcastle Town (27)
Public OrderWestlands & Seabridge (14)Newcastle Town (155)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westlands & Seabridge (1)Newcastle Town (22)
ShopliftingBradwell (4)Newcastle Town (254)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Clayton & Langdale (1)Newcastle Town (25)
Vehicle CrimeWestlands & Seabridge (18)Newcastle Town (52)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWestlands & Seabridge (124)Newcastle Town (656)

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 500% 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-9%+1%-18%-------5%
Bicycle Theft-50%-38%-90%------+500%
Burglary-24%-24%-83%-------19%
Criminal Damage and Arson+32%-44%-69%-------25%
Drugs+29%-78%+33%-------50%
Other Crime+80%-56%-63%-------67%
Other Theft-20%-8%-66%-------37%
Possession of Weapons+150%+300%+33%-------50%
Public Order+55%+37%-50%-------
Robbery+67%--75%-------64%
Shoplifting-39%-32%-78%-------71%
Theft From the Person+67%+200%-89%-------
Vehicle Crime-24%-62%-70%-------48%
Violence and Sexual Offences+48%-23%-61%--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 third 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).

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