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Crime and Safety in Newcastle upon Tyne

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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.

Newcastle upon Tyne 2022 Crime Scorecard

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32% higher, regional crime rate

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34% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

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.

Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Rate Over Time

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Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Newcastle upon Tyne

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111131,890
202010530,112
201912937,232
201814842,628
201713438,485
201610730,647

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 Behaviour12,00441.7532,88228.80 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7372.561,4191.24 52% more dangerous
Burglary1,4625.084,8034.21 17% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,86713.4514,64112.82 4.7% more dangerous
Drugs1,0323.592,6132.29 36% more dangerous
Other Crime6302.192,7172.38 9% safer
Other Theft2,87410.008,3137.28 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3181.119360.82 26% more dangerous
Public Order4,07614.1813,61311.92 16% more dangerous
Robbery2830.986470.57 42% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,3058.026,5085.70 29% more dangerous
Theft From the Person4421.548050.71 54% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,4224.955,1194.48 9% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,44243.2742,54237.26 14% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newcastle upon Tyne

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Recent Crimes in Newcastle upon Tyne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kenton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Keith CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gowland AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wingrove AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Middlewood ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near St Cuthbert'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Sycamore CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Claremont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Dovercourt RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Laleham CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Afton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lonnen AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Ponteland RoadOffender given a drugs possession warning
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lily AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kidlandlee GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Osborne TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Columbia GrangeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near GarmondswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gowland AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Softley PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Newcastle upon Tyne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53435842 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.92.33.02.6 Safer
Burglary8655 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18161313 Safer
Drugs54.64.23.6 Safer
Other Crime2.72.32.42.2 Safer
Other Theft17141010 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.31.11.1 Safer
Public Order20171414 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.00.770.98 Safer
Shoplifting161388 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)3.53.21.61.5 Safer
Vehicle Crime7755.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45423743 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93178% safer
Birmingham49.60124% safer
Barnet67.0865% safer
Croydon82.4834% safer
Sheffield90.0323% safer
Bristol90.5223% safer
Newcastle upon Tyne110.91-
Leicester111.590.61% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0610% more dangerous
Bradford132.2816% more dangerous
Leeds150.9427% 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
Benwell78592Eighth
Byker3,029245Second
City Centre & Arthur's Hill7,920367First
Coxlodge & West Gosforth7076917th
Denton85286Tenth
Elswick2,543174Third
Fawdon South87190Ninth
Fenham9637912th
Heaton South1,036102Sixth
High Heaton4174422nd
Kenton1,153101Seventh
Lemington7227713th
North Heaton6527714th
North Jesmond5686119th
Nunsmoor1,2038511th
Shieldfield & Heaton Park1,5577615th
South Gosforth5265520th
South Jesmond & Sandyford5846518th
Walker North909135Fifth
Walker South859142Fourth
Walkergate6277516th
Westerhope5064921st

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 BehaviourCoxlodge & West Gosforth (147)North Jesmond (1,118)
Bicycle TheftLemington (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (307)
BurglaryWesterhope (22)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (226)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHigh Heaton (36)Byker (374)
DrugsSouth Gosforth (7)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (348)
Other CrimeSouth Gosforth (4)Walker North (44)
Other TheftSouth Gosforth (34)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (882)
Possession of WeaponsWesterhope (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (83)
Public OrderHigh Heaton (46)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (965)
Robbery (inc. mugging)North Jesmond (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (93)
ShopliftingWalkergate (1)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (760)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fenham (2)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (267)
Vehicle CrimeNunsmoor (30)Byker (167)
Violence and Sexual OffencesNorth Jesmond (120)City Centre & Arthur's Hill (3,201)

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, and robbery.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+88%+63%+34%-71%+32%+54%+77%+74%+348%
Bicycle Theft+1%-16%+11%+65%+143%-+32%+27%+161%+105%
Burglary-6%-37%-41%-35%-16%-2%-18%+9%+8%-8%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-42%-44%-14%-26%-3%-19%-7%-2%-24%
Drugs-12%-4%-28%-19%+16%--20%-28%+1%-32%
Other Crime-6%+22%+3%-4%+29%-5%-12%+21%-+14%
Other Theft-33%-38%-43%-46%-31%-33%-34%-24%-37%-33%
Possession of Weapons-32%-15%-27%-18%-6%+58%-17%-20%-32%-51%
Public Order-22%-31%-33%-15%-14%+4%-15%-8%-9%-14%
Robbery-10%-26%-64%-57%-43%+67%-48%-27%-6%-50%
Shoplifting-33%-60%-59%-47%-19%-43%-36%-38%-37%-35%
Theft From the Person-29%-89%-77%-79%-54%-55%-61%-77%-65%-68%
Vehicle Crime-12%-26%-65%-51%-55%-29%-38%-13%-8%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-31%-24%-21%0%-4%-1%-13%-13%-15%

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).

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