Sunderland Crime Overview

Sunderland is the most dangerous major town in Tyne & Wear, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sunderland in 2020 was 113 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sunderland is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 335th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Sunderland had the worst crime rate in Tyne & Wear for burglary, with 101 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Sunderland residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 233 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Sunderland recorded 62 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst for other crime in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Sunderland are violence and sexual offences, with 7,289 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 2.0% lower than 2019's figure of 7,438 offences and a difference of 0.85 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Sunderland's least common crime is robbery, with 104 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 14% from 2019's figure of 119 crimes.

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Crime in Sunderland Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Sunderland This Year

 SunderlandTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,25441.5050,24944.016% safer
Bicycle Theft2041.171,6771.4726% safer
Burglary1,0475.995,2094.5624% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,23018.4815,08813.2228% more dangerous
Drugs3732.132,8012.4515% safer
Other Crime6583.762,9482.5831% more dangerous
Other Theft1,4758.448,8037.719% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1831.059770.8618% more dangerous
Public Order2,68915.3814,07712.3320% more dangerous
Robbery1040.595710.5015% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,3447.696,9626.1021% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1350.779020.792.6% safer
Vehicle Crime9765.585,8375.118% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,28941.7039,06834.2218% more dangerous

Sunderland Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington5,29379.2942% safer
Tynemouth6,47193.3221% safer
South Shields7,697100.1413% safer
Gateshead13,020106.506% safer
Sunderland19,707112.74-

Crime Over Time in Sunderland

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Sunderland Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38322742Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.61.11.2Safer
Burglary7876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19191818Safer
Drugs2.22.42.32.1Safer
Other Crime3.13.42.93.8Getting worse
Other Theft1613128Safer
Possession of Weapons0.911.21.01.0No change
Public Order19232015Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.620.680.59Safer
Shoplifting1312128Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.31.30.77Safer
Vehicle Crime8866Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38454342Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7167% safer
Coventry77.4146% safer
Croydon83.2235% safer
Sheffield85.8131% safer
Bristol86.2131% safer
Leicester97.4416% safer
Birmingham102.8710% safer
Liverpool107.285% safer
Sunderland112.74-
Bradford133.0215% more dangerous
Leeds137.1018% more dangerous

Crime in Sunderland's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barnes Park5689415th
Fulwell2264121st
Grangetown774125Fifth
Hendon & Docks2,236273First
Herrington & Doxford3305019th
Hill View & Tunstall6796718th
Hylton Red House & Marley Pots8119216th
Lakeside & Farrington6789812th
Millfield975145Fourth
Monkwearmouth1,04010711th
North Hylton991120Sixth
Pallion North809116Eighth
Pallion South & High Barnes693120Seventh
Pennywell and Grindon8619614th
Ryhope8999813th
Seaburn2914320th
Silksworth4657117th
Southwick1,149154Third
Sunderland Central & Deptford2,619261Second
Thorney Close & Plains Farm1,115114Ninth
Town End Farm940114Tenth

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 (206)Sunderland Central & Deptford (1,017)
Bicycle TheftHerrington & Doxford (2)Sunderland Central & Deptford (62)
BurglarySeaburn (15)Hendon & Docks (180)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFulwell (27)Hendon & Docks (430)
DrugsSeaburn (4)Hendon & Docks (54)
Other CrimeSeaburn (8)Hendon & Docks (73)
Other TheftFulwell (19)Sunderland Central & Deptford (235)
Possession of WeaponsFulwell (1)Sunderland Central & Deptford (38)
Public OrderSeaburn (35)Sunderland Central & Deptford (412)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hill View & Tunstall (1)Hendon & Docks (20)
ShopliftingHylton Red House & Marley Pots (11)Sunderland Central & Deptford (356)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Hill View & Tunstall (1)Sunderland Central & Deptford (53)
Vehicle CrimeSilksworth (16)Hendon & Docks (93)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHerrington & Doxford (93)Hendon & Docks (831)

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%-18%+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%-28%-23%-38%-29%
Possession of Weapons-6%-15%-30%+129%+5%-20%+14%-39%+64%+10%
Public Order-40%-28%-36%-32%+2%-6%-11%-28%-7%-21%
Robbery+100%-44%-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%+7%+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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021