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Crime and Safety in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear

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Houghton-le-Spring is the second most dangerous small 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 Houghton-le-Spring in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 11% lower than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Houghton-le-Spring is the 159th most dangerous small town, and the 1,014th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Houghton-le-Spring was the worst small town in Tyne & Wear for burglary, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Houghton-le-Spring residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 2.9 per 1,000 residents. Houghton-le-Spring recorded 5 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst small town for drugs in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Houghton-le-Spring are violence and sexual offences, with 437 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 1.6% higher than 2020's figure of 430 offences and a difference of 0.49 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Houghton-le-Spring's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Houghton-le-Spring 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Tyne & Wear

8% higher, regional crime rate

North East

7% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Houghton-le-Spring is 8% higher than the North East and 7% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Houghton-le-Spring Crime Rate Over Time

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Houghton-le-Spring Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Houghton-le-Spring 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 Houghton-le-Spring

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021821,176
20201021,453
20191001,434
20181061,513
2017901,281
201663896

Crime in Houghton-le-Spring Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Houghton-le-Spring This Year

 Houghton-le-SpringTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour42629.7742,09536.87 24% safer
Bicycle Theft40.281,4171.24 343% safer
Burglary1319.154,8014.21 54% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23316.2814,62512.81 21% more dangerous
Drugs352.452,6122.29 7% more dangerous
Other Crime382.662,7122.38 11% more dangerous
Other Theft815.668,2997.27 28% safer
Possession of Weapons120.849350.82 2.4% more dangerous
Public Order1218.4513,59511.91 41% safer
Robbery100.706460.57 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting181.266,5025.69 352% safer
Theft From the Person50.358040.70 100% safer
Vehicle Crime513.565,1134.48 26% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43730.5342,50437.23 22% safer

Houghton-le-Spring Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woolsington14918.54343% safer
Ryton72845.5181% safer
Whickham73946.1978% safer
Blaydon1,05671.8714% safer
Hebburn1,65880.532.0% safer
Houghton-le-Spring1,17682.17-
Hetton1,703117.5130% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Houghton-le-Spring

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Recent Crimes in Houghton-le-Spring

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Gillas Lane WestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shakespeare StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lindisfarne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sherburn GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Newstead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Hillside WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Balmoral CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burn Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Edwin StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Durham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The OvalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The LeasInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burdon AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Earsdon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Wheler StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Houghton-le-Spring Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30264630 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.700.910.840.28 Safer
Burglary1412109 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19192616 Safer
Drugs1.31.01.22.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.81.72.72.7 Getting worse
Other Theft1013106 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.560.700.84 Getting worse
Public Order1311108 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.420.140.70 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.04.42.71.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.560.280.630.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime6673.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33313031 Safer

Changes In Houghton-le-Spring's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Houghton-le-Spring to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0822% safer
Houghton-le-Spring82.17-
Croydon82.480.38% more dangerous
Sheffield90.059% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Coventry102.2420% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Houghton-le-Spring's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Houghton Town84497First

Crime in Houghton-le-Spring During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Houghton-le-Spring change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Houghton-le-Spring saw a 529% increase in anti-social behaviour. Houghton-le-Spring saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 87% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+93%+177%+400%+43%-54%+16%+42%+86%+67%+529%
Bicycle Theft----50%-50%-50%----
Burglary-14%+50%-58%-82%-56%--35%+31%+170%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+122%-39%-4%+67%+87%+119%+84%+52%-30%+25%
Drugs----50%-50%----+100%
Other Crime--+100%-+67%+100%-50%--33%+100%
Other Theft+320%-29%-27%-62%-47%-29%+6%-52%-57%-40%
Possession of Weapons------+100%---
Public Order+7%-67%-67%-+13%+45%-22%-14%+180%-15%
Shoplifting-81%-25%-75%-87%+300%--60%+100%-50%-50%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+29%+67%+100%+100%-56%+33%-50%+18%-13%+175%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-21%-18%+14%-15%+52%+7%-14%+38%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Houghton-le-Spring

What police force serves Houghton-le-Spring?
Houghton-le-Spring's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is Houghton-le-Spring?
Houghton-le-Spring is the second most dangerous small town in Tyne & Wear.

What is Houghton-le-Spring's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Houghton-le-Spring are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Houghton-le-Spring?
Houghton-le-Spring's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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