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Crime and Safety in Gateshead

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Gateshead is the second most dangerous major towns in Tyne & Wear, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gateshead in 2021 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gateshead is the 26th most dangerous major town, and the 503rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Gateshead had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for vehicle crime, with 95 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.78 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Gateshead residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Gateshead are violence and sexual offences, with 5,183 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 4,888 offences and a difference of 2.42 from 2020's crime rate of 40. Gateshead's least common crime is robbery, with 82 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 6% from 2020's figure of 77 crimes.

Gateshead 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Tyne & Wear

28% higher, regional crime rate

North East

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gateshead is 28% higher than the North East and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gateshead Crime Rate Over Time

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Gateshead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Gateshead 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 Gateshead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110512,834
202010813,166
201912114,804
201812915,742
201712415,099
20169912,136

Crime in Gateshead Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Gateshead This Year

 GatesheadTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,83039.5142,09536.87 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1150.941,4171.24 32% safer
Burglary5984.894,8014.21 14% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,80414.7614,62512.81 13% more dangerous
Drugs3422.802,6122.29 18% more dangerous
Other Crime3602.942,7122.38 19% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0438.538,2997.27 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1401.159350.82 29% more dangerous
Public Order1,56012.7613,59511.91 7% more dangerous
Robbery820.676460.57 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting8046.586,5025.69 14% more dangerous
Theft From the Person930.768040.70 8% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime7105.815,1134.48 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,18342.4042,50437.23 12% more dangerous

Gateshead Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington4,77971.5947% safer
Tynemouth6,21189.5717% safer
South Shields7,995104.020.92% safer
Gateshead12,834104.98-
Sunderland18,797107.532.4% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gateshead

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Recent Crimes in Gateshead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sunderland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Derwent AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Patterdale TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Amberley StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coanwood GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Meadow CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gosforth TerraceOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dexter WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Ronans ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Market WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brighton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sandy LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sanderson VillasInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ventnor GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elliott DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pensher StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whickham HighwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Gateshead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35334840 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.11.30.94 Safer
Burglary8774.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19171515 Safer
Drugs2.82.52.52.8 Getting worse
Other Crime2.72.63.12.9 Getting worse
Other Theft131299 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.981.11.2 Getting worse
Public Order19151313 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.770.560.630.67 Safer
Shoplifting111167 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.10.890.76 Safer
Vehicle Crime8986 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41414042 Getting worse

Changes In Gateshead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Gateshead's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Carr Hill Recreation Ground----200.88
Draughts' Garden8814-1074.0
Eslington Park61314-413413

Comparing Gateshead to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0856% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.242.7% safer
Gateshead104.98-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Gateshead's Neighbourhoods

Gateshead Town is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Gateshead, followed by Dunston & Teams in second place, and Gateshead South as the third most dangerous area. Gateshead's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Dunston Hill, Low Fell West, and Wardley.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Beacon Lough & Wrekenton918116Seventh
Bensham North1,055120Fifth
Bensham South & Saltwell90895Tenth
Dunston & Teams1,262162Second
Dunston Hill3225015th
Easedale Gardens702103Eighth
Felling South568101Ninth
Gateshead South713130Third
Gateshead Town1,830190First
Heworth7838611th
Low Fell East5567512th
Low Fell West3766014th
Mount Pleasant & Deckham East752117Sixth
Pelaw, Felling Shore & Bill Quay826124Fourth
Wardley2724416th
Windy Nook & Whitehills4046013th

Gateshead Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourDunston Hill (98)Gateshead Town (813)
Bicycle TheftDunston Hill (2)Gateshead Town (34)
BurglaryWardley (13)Gateshead Town (79)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDunston Hill (44)Gateshead Town (252)
DrugsLow Fell West (2)Dunston & Teams (91)
Other CrimeLow Fell West (6)Dunston & Teams (40)
Other TheftWardley (16)Dunston & Teams (144)
Possession of WeaponsLow Fell West (2)Gateshead Town (27)
Public OrderLow Fell West (32)Gateshead Town (271)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Windy Nook & Whitehills (1)Gateshead Town (24)
ShopliftingWindy Nook & Whitehills (2)Pelaw, Felling Shore & Bill Quay (95)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Windy Nook & Whitehills (1)Gateshead Town (20)
Vehicle CrimeDunston Hill (15)Low Fell East (84)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWardley (83)Gateshead Town (677)

Crime in Gateshead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gateshead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Gateshead saw a 877% increase in anti-social behaviour. Gateshead saw a large fall in theft from the person during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+131%+105%+40%-70%+36%+39%+68%+66%+877%
Bicycle Theft-8%+380%+23%-7%+89%-37%-53%+33%+150%+20%
Burglary+3%-3%-26%+28%-17%-21%-14%-9%+18%+5%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-18%-35%+1%-2%+7%-5%-21%+4%-20%
Drugs-41%+32%+82%-12%-19%-7%-40%-13%+25%-9%
Other Crime+55%-5%-8%+175%+11%-6%+46%+4%+40%+25%
Other Theft-28%-29%-19%-33%-11%-11%-16%-25%-33%-30%
Possession of Weapons-15%-42%+31%+275%+23%+57%-70%+125%+100%-36%
Public Order-16%-24%-7%-7%+4%-1%-7%+11%-12%-11%
Robbery+67%-20%+33%+50%+50%+167%-50%-67%+200%-33%
Shoplifting-55%-59%-69%-53%-40%-44%-35%-52%-57%-39%
Theft From the Person-86%-58%-23%--47%+43%-13%-53%+150%+29%
Vehicle Crime-3%+11%-57%-22%-5%-14%-31%-17%+1%+57%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-16%-19%-1%+14%0%+1%+0%-6%+2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gateshead

What police force serves Gateshead?
Gateshead's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is Gateshead?
Gateshead is the second most dangerous major town in Tyne & Wear.

What is Gateshead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gateshead are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Gateshead?
Gateshead's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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