Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Overview

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 2020 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 12% 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 431st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Newcastle upon Tyne had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 42 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Newcastle upon Tyne residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 117 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Newcastle upon Tyne recorded 278 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.97 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 10,446 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 11,996 offences and a difference of 5.39 from 2019's crime rate of 42. Newcastle upon Tyne's least common crime is robbery, with 220 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 36% from 2019's figure of 300 crimes.

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Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne This Year

 Newcastle upon TyneTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16,70958.1150,24944.0124% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft8683.021,6771.4751% more dangerous
Burglary1,4845.165,2094.5612% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,71612.9215,08813.222.3% safer
Drugs1,2104.212,8012.4542% more dangerous
Other Crime6712.332,9482.5811% safer
Other Theft2,8049.758,8037.7121% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3241.139770.8624% more dangerous
Public Order3,97613.8314,07712.3311% more dangerous
Robbery2200.775710.5035% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,3508.176,9626.1025% more dangerous
Theft From the Person4581.599020.7950% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,5155.275,8375.113.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences10,44636.3339,06834.226% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Recent Crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nuns Moor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Aberdeen CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aberdeen CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beech StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Atkinson TerraceOffender given a caution
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linum PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linum PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cookson'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour55534358Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.42.92.33.0Getting worse
Burglary8865Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19181613Safer
Drugs3.654.64.2Safer
Other Crime2.22.72.32.3Safer
Other Theft15171410Safer
Possession of Weapons0.971.41.31.1Safer
Public Order17201714Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.21.00.77Safer
Shoplifting1716138Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.13.53.21.6Safer
Vehicle Crime7775Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38454236Safer

Changes In Newcastle upon Tyne's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newcastle upon Tyne's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Newcastle upon Tyne that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Armstrong Park-----30.23
Benwell Sports Ground2---210.63
Blakelaw Park26-1-322.5
Elswick Park27415-281615
Exhibition Park45-517217
Grounsell Park----201.2
Heaton Park2136-774.1
Iris Brickfield Park1----10.29
Jesmond Dene5----10.21
Leazes Park5276312223.6
Paddy Freeman's Park39-6-474.3
Stamfordham Road Playing Field3---111.9

Comparing Newcastle upon Tyne to the UK's Major Cities

Major CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7154% safer
Coventry77.4135% safer
Croydon83.2226% safer
Sheffield85.8122% safer
Bristol86.2121% safer
Leicester97.447% safer
Birmingham102.871.6% safer
Newcastle upon Tyne104.48-
Liverpool107.282.6% more dangerous
Bradford133.0221% more dangerous
Leeds137.1024% more dangerous

Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne's Neighbourhoods

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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Benwell936110Sixth
Byker2,902235Second
City Centre & Arthur's Hill6,199287First
Coxlodge & West Gosforth7036917th
Denton94695Tenth
Elswick2,609178Third
Fawdon South977101Eighth
Fenham8817215th
Heaton South1,056104Seventh
High Heaton4284522nd
Kenton1,12498Ninth
Lemington7588112th
North Heaton6517613th
North Jesmond5045418th
Nunsmoor1,2799011th
Shieldfield & Heaton Park1,4277016th
South Gosforth4584821st
South Jesmond & Sandyford4645219th
Walker North939139Fourth
Walker South840139Fifth
Walkergate6397614th
Westerhope5295220th

Newcastle upon Tyne Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourNorth Heaton (213)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (3,211)
Bicycle TheftWesterhope (4)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (281)
BurglaryHigh Heaton (23)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (240)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSouth Jesmond & Sandyford (48)Byker (373)
DrugsSouth Gosforth (5)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (427)
Other CrimeNorth Jesmond (7)Byker (74)
Other TheftHigh Heaton (35)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (644)
Possession of WeaponsCoxlodge & West Gosforth (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (89)
Public OrderSouth Gosforth (46)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (844)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Fenham (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (76)
ShopliftingWalkergate (2)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (762)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Westerhope (2)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (254)
Vehicle CrimeDenton (34)Byker (128)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorth Jesmond (115)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (1,863)

Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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, robbery, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+88%+62%+34%-71%+33%+57%+79%+75%+348%
Bicycle Theft--18%+11%+65%+143%-+26%+29%+161%+110%
Burglary-3%-35%-40%-37%-20%-5%-19%+11%+7%-9%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-41%-43%-15%-27%-3%-16%-7%-2%-22%
Drugs-14%-4%-25%-19%+15%-2%-19%-28%--31%
Other Crime-9%+22%+3%-4%+29%-18%-19%+24%-2%+16%
Other Theft-34%-37%-42%-45%-34%-33%-34%-24%-35%-33%
Possession of Weapons-29%-18%-29%-6%-3%+56%-20%-23%-29%-47%
Public Order-23%-32%-33%-15%-15%+3%-14%-8%-8%-16%
Robbery-10%-26%-64%-57%-43%+67%-43%-23%-6%-50%
Shoplifting-33%-61%-60%-48%-19%-43%-36%-37%-37%-36%
Theft From the Person-30%-89%-77%-79%-54%-56%-61%-77%-65%-68%
Vehicle Crime-10%-25%-64%-50%-55%-30%-40%-14%-7%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-32%-24%-23%--3%-2%-13%-13%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newcastle upon Tyne

What police force serves Newcastle upon Tyne?
Newcastle upon Tyne's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.
How dangerous is Newcastle upon Tyne?
Newcastle upon Tyne is the most dangerous major city in Tyne & Wear.
What is Newcastle upon Tyne's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newcastle upon Tyne?
Newcastle upon Tyne's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021