South Shields Crime Overview

South Shields is the third most dangerous major 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 South Shields in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 8% 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 31st most dangerous major town, and the 490th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, South Shields was the worst major town in Tyne & Wear for drugs, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for South Shields residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous major town for possession of weapons, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. South Shields recorded 12 reports of bicycle theft during January 2019, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst major town for bicycle theft in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in South Shields are violence and sexual offences, with 3,217 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 3,583 offences and a difference of 4.77 from 2019's crime rate of 47. South Shields's least common crime is robbery, with 43 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 4.7% from 2019's figure of 45 crimes.

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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 Behaviour3,74748.7550,24944.0110% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft881.141,6771.4729% safer
Burglary2893.765,2094.5621% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,20515.6815,08813.2216% more dangerous
Drugs2112.752,8012.4511% more dangerous
Other Crime2413.142,9482.5818% more dangerous
Other Theft5447.088,8037.719% safer
Possession of Weapons730.959770.869% more dangerous
Public Order1,12614.6514,07712.3316% more dangerous
Robbery430.565710.5011% more dangerous
Shoplifting3584.666,9626.1031% safer
Theft From the Person440.579020.7939% safer
Vehicle Crime2583.365,8375.1152% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,21741.8539,06834.2218% more dangerous

South Shields Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington5,29379.2926% safer
Tynemouth6,47193.327% safer
South Shields7,697100.14-
Gateshead13,020106.506% more dangerous
Sunderland19,707112.7411% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in South Shields

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South Shields Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40353249Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.51.21.1Safer
Burglary654.43.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17191916Safer
Drugs2.22.22.12.8Getting worse
Other Crime3.22.82.93.1Getting worse
Other Theft1111107Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.21.20.95Safer
Public Order17191815Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.360.590.56Getting worse
Shoplifting10974.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.20.990.57Safer
Vehicle Crime5.04.84.93.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39454742Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7148% safer
Coventry77.4129% safer
Croydon83.2220% safer
Sheffield85.8117% safer
Bristol86.2116% safer
Leicester97.442.8% safer
South Shields100.14-
Birmingham102.872.7% more dangerous
Liverpool107.287% more dangerous
Bradford133.0225% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% 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, Cleadon Park, Harton West, and Westoe.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Biddick Hill66893Third
Cleadon Park35859Eighth
Harton East44981Fifth
Harton West24246Ninth
South Shields West1,819220First
West Harton841142Second
West Park47787Fourth
Westoe41264Seventh
Whiteleas44966Sixth

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 (94)South Shields West (817)
Bicycle TheftWestoe (2)South Shields West (30)
BurglaryHarton East (8)South Shields West (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarton West (38)South Shields West (267)
DrugsCleadon Park (3)South Shields West (56)
Other CrimeHarton West (5)South Shields West (44)
Other TheftHarton West (17)South Shields West (145)
Possession of WeaponsCleadon Park (1)South Shields West (21)
Public OrderCleadon Park (39)South Shields West (292)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harton West (1)West Harton (7)
ShopliftingBiddick Hill (1)South Shields West (167)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Biddick Hill (1)South Shields West (17)
Vehicle CrimeHarton East (7)South Shields West (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarton West (92)South Shields West (663)

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021