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Crime and Safety in South Shields

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South Shields is the third most dangerous major 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 South Shields in 2021 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, South Shields is the 28th most dangerous major town, and the 514th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, South Shields was the worst major town in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for South Shields residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous major town for possession of weapons, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. South Shields recorded 8 reports of theft from the person during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst major town for theft from the person in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in South Shields are violence and sexual offences, with 3,368 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 4.5% higher than 2020's figure of 3,217 offences and a difference of 1.97 from 2020's crime rate of 42. South Shields's least common crime is robbery, with 42 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 2.4% from 2020's figure of 43 crimes.

South Shields 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Tyne & Wear

27% higher, regional crime rate

North East

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in South Shields is 27% higher than the North East and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

South Shields Crime Rate Over Time

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South Shields Crime Map

Incidents mapped in South Shields 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 South Shields

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211047,995
20201007,697
20191199,159
20181239,469
20171148,777
2016957,279

Crime in South Shields Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in South Shields This Year

 South ShieldsTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,91137.8742,09536.87 2.6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft981.281,4171.24 3.1% more dangerous
Burglary3414.444,8014.21 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,14614.9114,62512.81 14% more dangerous
Drugs1932.512,6122.29 9% more dangerous
Other Crime2162.812,7122.38 15% more dangerous
Other Theft5627.318,2997.27 0.55% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons811.059350.82 22% more dangerous
Public Order1,13514.7713,59511.91 19% more dangerous
Robbery420.556460.57 3.6% safer
Shoplifting3284.276,5025.69 33% safer
Theft From the Person440.578040.70 23% safer
Vehicle Crime4415.745,1134.48 22% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,36843.8242,50437.23 15% more dangerous

South Shields Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington4,77971.5945% safer
Tynemouth6,21189.5716% safer
South Shields7,995104.02-
Gateshead12,834104.980.91% more dangerous
Sunderland18,797107.533.3% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in South Shields

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Recent Crimes in South Shields

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Chichester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Mark'S WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Delaval CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Orchid CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brunswick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lawrence AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Osprey WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near George Scott StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dale StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Derby TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Redwell LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Auckland AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheviot RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Imeary StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bedford AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cornwallis SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Barbour AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near South Woodbine StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near John Clay StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

South Shields Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35324938 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.21.11.3 Safer
Burglary54.43.84.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19191615 Safer
Drugs2.22.12.82.5 Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.93.12.8 Safer
Other Theft111077 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.20.951.0 Safer
Public Order19181515 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.590.560.55 Getting worse
Shoplifting974.74.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.990.570.57 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.93.46 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences45474244 Getting worse

Changes In South Shields's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in South Shields's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in South Shields that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cleadon Park2012-572.3
King George V Playing Field82--5318

Comparing South Shields to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0855% safer
Croydon82.4826% safer
Sheffield90.0516% safer
Bristol90.5215% safer
Coventry102.241.7% safer
South Shields104.02-
Leicester111.597% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6420% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% more dangerous

Crime in South Shields's Neighbourhoods

South Shields West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in South Shields, followed by West Harton in second place, and Biddick Hill as the third most dangerous area. South Shields's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Harton East, Harton West, and Westoe.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Biddick Hill66292Third
Cleadon Park38464Sixth
Harton East34362Seventh
Harton West17734Ninth
South Shields West1,968238First
West Harton858145Second
West Park49590Fourth
Westoe39661Eighth
Whiteleas55682Fifth

South Shields Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHarton West (84)South Shields West (715)
Bicycle TheftHarton East (1)South Shields West (37)
BurglaryHarton East (5)South Shields West (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarton West (18)South Shields West (272)
DrugsCleadon Park (1)South Shields West (68)
Other CrimeWest Park (3)West Harton (28)
Other TheftHarton West (13)South Shields West (143)
Possession of WeaponsHarton East (1)South Shields West (24)
Public OrderHarton West (29)South Shields West (300)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harton East (1)South Shields West (20)
ShopliftingCleadon Park (1)South Shields West (143)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Biddick Hill (1)South Shields West (22)
Vehicle CrimeHarton East (4)Westoe (72)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarton West (70)South Shields West (748)

Crime in South Shields During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in South Shields change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when South Shields saw a 644% increase in anti-social behaviour. South Shields saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of South Shields's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+175%+122%+58%-77%+48%+58%+68%+95%+644%
Bicycle Theft-56%-73%+150%+150%+25%+11%-58%-20%+80%+25%
Burglary-25%-44%-39%-8%-8%+36%-29%+19%+17%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-24%-21%-18%-17%+6%+1%-28%-21%-19%
Drugs+133%+18%+13%+29%-9%+47%+6%-13%+343%-6%
Other Crime-14%+11%-38%+57%+24%+75%+67%-4%+77%-20%
Other Theft-28%-49%-11%-37%-38%-4%-31%-66%-24%-25%
Possession of Weapons-45%+40%-44%-36%-43%+50%-55%+100%-57%-29%
Public Order-21%-13%-49%-31%+1%+2%-17%+6%-3%-8%
Robbery-50%--+200%-33%-29%-67%+250%-+33%
Shoplifting-53%-79%-63%-55%-55%-30%+44%-18%-21%+46%
Theft From the Person-50%-91%-67%+80%-80%-25%-17%-67%-33%-86%
Vehicle Crime-25%-61%-27%-16%-55%-22%-51%-36%+17%+180%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-34%-17%-12%+6%-11%-9%-21%+2%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in South Shields

What police force serves South Shields?
South Shields's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.

How dangerous is South Shields?
South Shields is the third most dangerous major town in Tyne & Wear.

What is South Shields's most common crime?
The most common crimes in South Shields are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in South Shields?
South Shields's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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