Gateshead Crime Overview

Gateshead is the second most dangerous major town in Tyne & Wear, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gateshead in 2020 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gateshead is the 21st most dangerous major town, and the 405th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Gateshead had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for robbery, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 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. Gateshead recorded 100 reports of vehicle crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.82 the worst for vehicle crime in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Gateshead are violence and sexual offences, with 4,870 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 3.5% lower than 2019's figure of 5,039 offences and a difference of 1.38 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Gateshead's least common crime is robbery, with 77 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 12% from 2019's figure of 68 crimes.

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Crime in Gateshead Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Gateshead This Year

 GatesheadTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,80447.4850,24944.017% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1571.281,6771.4715% safer
Burglary7936.495,2094.5630% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,77614.5315,08813.229% more dangerous
Drugs3022.472,8012.450.81% more dangerous
Other Crime3823.122,9482.5817% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0838.868,8037.7113% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1351.109770.8622% more dangerous
Public Order1,63213.3514,07712.338% more dangerous
Robbery770.635710.5021% more dangerous
Shoplifting7075.786,9626.106% safer
Theft From the Person1090.899020.7911% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime9978.165,8375.1137% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,87039.8439,06834.2214% more dangerous

Gateshead Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington5,29379.2934% safer
Tynemouth6,47193.3214% safer
South Shields7,697100.146% safer
Sunderland19,707112.746% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gateshead

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Gateshead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38353347Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson20191715Safer
Other Crime3. worse
Other Theft1313119Safer
Possession of Weapons0.791.10.981.1Getting worse
Public Order15191513Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.850.770.560.63Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime7898Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences36414140Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7157% safer
Coventry77.4138% safer
Croydon83.2228% safer
Sheffield85.8124% safer
Bristol86.2124% safer
Leicester97.449% safer
Birmingham102.873.5% safer
Liverpool107.280.73% more dangerous
Bradford133.0220% more dangerous
Leeds137.1022% 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 & Wrekenton893113Seventh
Bensham North1,218138Fourth
Bensham South & Saltwell984103Eighth
Dunston & Teams1,295166Second
Dunston Hill3305115th
Easedale Gardens694101Ninth
Felling South55498Tenth
Gateshead South798145Third
Gateshead Town1,769184First
Low Fell East6679011th
Low Fell West3956314th
Mount Pleasant & Deckham East769120Sixth
Pelaw, Felling Shore & Bill Quay887134Fifth
Windy Nook & Whitehills4446613th

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 BehaviourWardley (139)Gateshead Town (1,127)
Bicycle TheftLow Fell West (1)Gateshead Town (43)
BurglaryWardley (15)Dunston & Teams (111)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWardley (44)Pelaw, Felling Shore & Bill Quay (146)
DrugsLow Fell West (1)Dunston & Teams (60)
Other CrimeLow Fell West (4)Gateshead South (28)
Other TheftLow Fell West (16)Gateshead Town (178)
Possession of WeaponsLow Fell West (2)Gateshead South (20)
Public OrderWardley (19)Gateshead Town (328)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Low Fell East (1)Gateshead South (10)
ShopliftingBensham South & Saltwell (2)Pelaw, Felling Shore & Bill Quay (99)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Mount Pleasant & Deckham East (1)Gateshead Town (28)
Vehicle CrimeDunston Hill (19)Low Fell West (92)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWardley (100)Dunston & Teams (479)

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 874% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+134%+108%+40%-70%+36%+38%+68%+68%+874%
Bicycle Theft-8%+380%+23%-7%+89%-37%-53%+33%+150%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-21%-18%-35%+1%-1%+7%-6%-21%+5%-20%
Other Crime+55%-5%-11%+175%+11%-6%+52%+9%+40%+21%
Other Theft-27%-30%-19%-33%-10%-11%-18%-23%-33%-30%
Possession of Weapons-15%-42%+31%+250%+23%+57%-70%+125%+100%-36%
Public Order-17%-24%-8%-8%+4%--7%+11%-13%-9%
Theft From the Person-86%-58%-23%--41%+43%-13%-53%+233%+29%
Vehicle Crime-6%+13%-57%-23%-8%-16%-31%-15%+4%+59%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-16%-19%-1%+14%+0%+3%+1%-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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021