Houghton-le-Spring Crime Overview

Houghton-le-Spring is the second most dangerous small town 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 2020 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher 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 58th most dangerous small town, and the 473rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Houghton-le-Spring was the worst small town in Tyne & Wear for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Houghton-le-Spring residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Houghton-le-Spring recorded 40 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 2.8 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Houghton-le-Spring are violence and sexual offences, with 430 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 1.9% lower than 2019's figure of 438 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Houghton-le-Spring's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

Compare Houghton-le-Spring to other towns and cities

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

Summary of Crimes in Houghton-le-Spring This Year

 Houghton-le-SpringTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour65245.5650,24944.013.4% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft120.841,6771.4775% safer
Burglary1389.645,2094.5653% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson37426.1315,08813.2249% more dangerous
Drugs171.192,8012.45106% safer
Other Crime392.722,9482.585% more dangerous
Other Theft14610.208,8037.7124% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.709770.8623% safer
Public Order1409.7814,07712.3326% safer
Robbery20.145710.50257% safer
Shoplifting382.666,9626.10129% safer
Theft From the Person90.639020.7925% safer
Vehicle Crime986.855,8375.1125% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences43030.0439,06834.2214% safer

Houghton-le-Spring Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ryton73746.08120% safer
Whickham74546.56118% safer
Woolsington54067.1851% safer
Hebburn1,50973.2939% safer
Blaydon1,12576.5733% safer
Houghton-le-Spring1,453101.52-
Hetton1,722118.8215% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Houghton-le-Spring

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Houghton-le-Spring Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38302646Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.700.700.910.84Getting worse
Burglary7141210Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17191926Getting worse
Drugs1.31.31.01.2No change
Other Crime2.52.81.72.7Getting worse
Other Theft11101310Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.700.560.70Getting worse
Public Order11131110Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.210.420.14Safer
Shoplifting4.84.04.42.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.560.280.63Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.8667Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences29333130Safer

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

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

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7150% safer
Coventry77.4131% safer
Croydon83.2222% safer
Sheffield85.8118% safer
Bristol86.2118% safer
Leicester97.444.2% safer
Houghton-le-Spring101.52-
Birmingham102.871.3% more dangerous
Liverpool107.285% more dangerous
Bradford133.0224% more dangerous
Leeds137.1026% more dangerous

Crime in Houghton-le-Spring's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Houghton Town1,053122First

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021