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Crime and Safety in Sunderland

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Sunderland is the most dangerous major towns 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 Sunderland in 2021 was 108 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sunderland is the 24th most dangerous major town, and the 475th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Sunderland had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for other crime, with 58 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Sunderland residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 101 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Sunderland recorded 233 reports of criminal damage and arson during May 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Sunderland are violence and sexual offences, with 7,680 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 7,293 offences and a difference of 2.21 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Sunderland's least common crime is theft from the person, with 83 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 63% from 2020's figure of 135 crimes.

Sunderland 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Tyne & Wear

29% higher, regional crime rate

North East

29% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sunderland is 29% higher than the North East and 29% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sunderland Crime Rate Over Time

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Sunderland Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Sunderland 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 Sunderland

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110818,797
202011319,713
201912722,157
201813924,292
201713122,834
20169616,766

Crime in Sunderland Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Sunderland This Year

 SunderlandTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,08434.8042,09536.87 6% safer
Bicycle Theft1700.971,4171.24 28% safer
Burglary9235.284,8014.21 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,83616.2214,62512.81 21% more dangerous
Drugs3852.202,6122.29 4.1% safer
Other Crime5763.302,7122.38 28% more dangerous
Other Theft1,4258.158,2997.27 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1370.789350.82 5% safer
Public Order2,46714.1113,59511.91 16% more dangerous
Robbery1030.596460.57 3.4% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,2597.206,5025.69 21% more dangerous
Theft From the Person830.478040.70 49% safer
Vehicle Crime7534.315,1134.48 3.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,68043.9342,50437.23 15% more dangerous

Sunderland Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington4,77971.5950% safer
Tynemouth6,21189.5720% safer
South Shields7,995104.023.4% safer
Gateshead12,834104.982.4% safer
Sunderland18,797107.53-

Crime Over Time in Sunderland

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Recent Crimes in Sunderland

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Rhondda RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Honeycomb CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thornhill GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Julius Caesar StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stainton GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Edward Burdis StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warwick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Well StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hampstead RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Durham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Trimdon StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whitchurch CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Howard StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Azure CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Prince'S AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Sunderland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32274235 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.11.20.97 Safer
Burglary8765 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19181816 Safer
Drugs2.42.32.12.2 Safer
Other Crime3.42.93.83.3 Getting worse
Other Theft131288 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.01.00.78 Safer
Public Order23201514 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.690.590.59 Safer
Shoplifting121287 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.30.770.47 Safer
Vehicle Crime8664.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46434244 Getting worse

Changes In Sunderland's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Sunderland's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Barnes Park512-520.92
King George's Field21-3-524.0
Margaret Thompson Park1316-543.0
Mowbray Gardens----100.13

Comparing Sunderland to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0860% safer
Croydon82.4830% safer
Sheffield90.0519% safer
Bristol90.5219% safer
Coventry102.245% safer
Sunderland107.53-
Leicester111.593.6% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0613% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6417% more dangerous
Bradford132.2819% more dangerous
Leeds150.9429% more dangerous

Crime in Sunderland's Neighbourhoods

Sunderland Central & Deptford is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Sunderland, followed by Hendon & Docks in second place, and Southwick as the third most dangerous area. Sunderland's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Fulwell, Herrington & Doxford, and Hill View & Tunstall.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnes Park4948216th
Fulwell2564621st
Grangetown5649112th
Hendon & Docks2,031248Second
Herrington & Doxford3955920th
Hill View & Tunstall6276219th
Hylton Red House & Marley Pots7838913th
Lakeside & Farrington6529511th
Millfield835124Fourth
Monkwearmouth1,144118Fifth
North Hylton850103Seventh
Pallion North701101Ninth
Pallion South & High Barnes5038714th
Pennywell and Grindon913102Eighth
Ryhope7908615th
Seaburn4186218th
Silksworth5147817th
Southwick1,107148Third
Sunderland Central & Deptford2,903290First
Thorney Close & Plains Farm1,034105Sixth
Town End Farm833101Tenth

Sunderland Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHill View & Tunstall (137)Sunderland Central & Deptford (957)
Bicycle TheftNorth Hylton (1)Sunderland Central & Deptford (61)
BurglaryThorney Close & Plains Farm (27)Sunderland Central & Deptford (182)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFulwell (33)Hendon & Docks (333)
DrugsHerrington & Doxford (4)Hendon & Docks (63)
Other CrimeSeaburn (7)Hendon & Docks (62)
Other TheftFulwell (15)Sunderland Central & Deptford (235)
Possession of WeaponsPallion North (2)Sunderland Central & Deptford (20)
Public OrderFulwell (38)Sunderland Central & Deptford (423)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hylton Red House & Marley Pots (1)Sunderland Central & Deptford (27)
ShopliftingHylton Red House & Marley Pots (9)Sunderland Central & Deptford (329)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hill View & Tunstall (1)Sunderland Central & Deptford (36)
Vehicle CrimePennywell and Grindon (20)Hendon & Docks (83)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFulwell (75)Sunderland Central & Deptford (1,104)

Crime in Sunderland During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sunderland change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Sunderland saw a 364% increase in anti-social behaviour. Sunderland saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during July, when it fell by 76% compared to July in 2019. Sunderland saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, public order, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+27%+142%+140%+44%-76%+24%+58%+62%+84%+364%
Bicycle Theft-65%-33%-48%+200%+106%+100%-27%-15%--50%
Burglary+13%-12%-9%-27%-10%-36%-17%-23%-46%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-18%-13%-19%+3%+9%+31%-13%+36%-2%
Drugs-37%-21%-20%+17%-26%-11%--26%-23%+50%
Other Crime+62%+44%+49%+31%+53%+45%+17%+23%+33%+12%
Other Theft-21%-40%-48%-21%-34%-18%-27%-23%-38%-29%
Possession of Weapons-6%-15%-30%+129%+5%-20%+14%-39%+64%+10%
Public Order-40%-28%-36%-33%+2%-6%-11%-28%-7%-21%
Robbery+100%-47%-33%-+67%-43%-29%+44%-25%-72%
Shoplifting-29%-62%-66%-68%-49%-51%-6%-20%-39%+17%
Theft From the Person-37%-68%-68%-36%-58%-16%-22%-43%-60%-57%
Vehicle Crime+6%-30%-34%-6%+25%-34%-8%-2%-24%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-21%-11%-2%+14%+8%+4%+10%-1%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sunderland

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

How dangerous is Sunderland?
Sunderland is the most dangerous major town in Tyne & Wear.

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

What is the least common crime in Sunderland?
Sunderland's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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