Newcastle upon Tyne is the most dangerous major city 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 Newcastle upon Tyne in 2021 was 111 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newcastle upon Tyne is among the top 5 most dangerous major cities, and the 421st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In December 2021, Newcastle upon Tyne had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 54 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Newcastle upon Tyne residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 132 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Newcastle upon Tyne recorded 257 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.89 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Tyne & Wear that month.
The most common crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne are violence and sexual offences, with 12,442 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 10,497 offences and a difference of 6.76 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Newcastle upon Tyne's least common crime is robbery, with 283 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 22% from 2020's figure of 220 crimes.
Major Cities, Tyne & Wear
32% higher, regional crime rate
34% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Newcastle upon Tyne is 32% higher than the North East and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
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Incidents mapped in Newcastle upon Tyne 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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||Tyne & Wear|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||12,004||41.75||32,882||28.80||31% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||737||2.56||1,419||1.24||52% more dangerous|
|Burglary||1,462||5.08||4,803||4.21||17% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||3,867||13.45||14,641||12.82||4.7% more dangerous|
|Drugs||1,032||3.59||2,613||2.29||36% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||630||2.19||2,717||2.38||9% safer|
|Other Theft||2,874||10.00||8,313||7.28||27% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||318||1.11||936||0.82||26% more dangerous|
|Public Order||4,076||14.18||13,613||11.92||16% more dangerous|
|Robbery||283||0.98||647||0.57||42% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||2,305||8.02||6,508||5.70||29% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||442||1.54||805||0.71||54% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||1,422||4.95||5,119||4.48||9% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||12,442||43.27||42,542||37.26||14% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Kenton Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Keith Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Gowland Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Wingrove Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Middlewood Park||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near St Cuthbert'S Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Theft from the person||On or near Sycamore Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near Claremont Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Dovercourt Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Burglary||On or near Laleham Court||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Afton Way||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Lonnen Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near Ponteland Road||Offender given a drugs possession warning|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Lily Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Kidlandlee Green||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Osborne Terrace||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Columbia Grange||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Garmondsway||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near Gowland Avenue||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Softley Place||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||18||16||13||13||Safer|
|Possession of Weapons||1.3||1.3||1.1||1.1||Safer|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||1.2||1.0||0.77||0.98||Safer|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||3.5||3.2||1.6||1.5||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||45||42||37||43||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Newcastle upon Tyne that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Benwell Sports Ground||2||-||-||-||2||1||0.63|
|Iris Brickfield Park||1||-||-||-||-||1||0.29|
|Paddy Freeman's Park||39||-||6||-||4||7||4.3|
|Stamfordham Road Playing Field||3||-||-||-||1||1||1.9|
|Major City||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||110.91||-|
|Leicester||111.59||0.61% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||10% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||16% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||27% more dangerous|
City Centre & Arthur's Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Newcastle upon Tyne, followed by Byker in second place, and Elswick as the third most dangerous area. Newcastle upon Tyne's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, High Heaton, South Gosforth, and Westerhope.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|City Centre & Arthur's Hill||7,920||367||First|
|Coxlodge & West Gosforth||707||69||17th|
|Shieldfield & Heaton Park||1,557||76||15th|
|South Jesmond & Sandyford||584||65||18th|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Newcastle upon Tyne for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Coxlodge & West Gosforth (147)||North Jesmond (1,118)|
|Bicycle Theft||Lemington (1)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (307)|
|Burglary||Westerhope (22)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (226)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||High Heaton (36)||Byker (374)|
|Drugs||South Gosforth (7)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (348)|
|Other Crime||South Gosforth (4)||Walker North (44)|
|Other Theft||South Gosforth (34)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (882)|
|Possession of Weapons||Westerhope (1)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (83)|
|Public Order||High Heaton (46)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (965)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||North Jesmond (1)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (93)|
|Shoplifting||Walkergate (1)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (760)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Fenham (2)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (267)|
|Vehicle Crime||Nunsmoor (30)||Byker (167)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||North Jesmond (120)||City Centre & Arthur's Hill (3,201)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newcastle upon Tyne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Newcastle upon Tyne saw a 348% increase in anti-social behaviour. Newcastle upon Tyne saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Newcastle upon Tyne saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including possession of weapons, public order, and robbery.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-20%||-42%||-44%||-14%||-26%||-3%||-19%||-7%||-2%||-24%|
|Possession of Weapons||-32%||-15%||-27%||-18%||-6%||+58%||-17%||-20%||-32%||-51%|
|Theft From the Person||-29%||-89%||-77%||-79%||-54%||-55%||-61%||-77%||-65%||-68%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-23%||-31%||-24%||-21%||0%||-4%||-1%||-13%||-13%||-15%|