Washington Crime Overview

Washington is the safest major town in Tyne & Wear, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Washington in 2020 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Washington is the 50th safest major town, and the 1,022nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Washington are violence and sexual offences, with 2,008 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 4.0% lower than 2019's figure of 2,088 offences and a difference of 1.20 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Washington's least common crime is robbery, with 18 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 67% from 2019's figure of 30 crimes.

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See how Washington shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Washington and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Washington Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Washington This Year

 WashingtonTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,29534.3850,24944.0128% safer
Bicycle Theft390.581,6771.47153% safer
Burglary2553.825,2094.5619% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson75611.3315,08813.2217% safer
Drugs851.272,8012.4593% safer
Other Crime1482.222,9482.5816% safer
Other Theft4146.208,8037.7124% safer
Possession of Weapons320.489770.8679% safer
Public Order70210.5214,07712.3317% safer
Robbery180.275710.5085% safer
Shoplifting4927.376,9626.1017% more dangerous
Theft From the Person210.319020.79155% safer
Vehicle Crime3234.845,8375.116% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,00830.0839,06834.2214% safer

Washington Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington5,29379.29-
Tynemouth6,47193.3215% more dangerous
South Shields7,697100.1421% more dangerous
Gateshead13,020106.5026% more dangerous
Sunderland19,707112.7430% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Washington

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Washington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25262334Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.730.760.630.58Safer
Burglary4.63.73.83.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131311Safer
Drugs1.21.21.41.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.31.62.2Getting worse
Other Theft12986Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.520.850.48Safer
Public Order10121011Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.300.240.450.27Safer
Shoplifting6797Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.510.630.31Safer
Vehicle Crime3.94.84.64.8Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences27303130Getting worse

Changes In Washington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Washington's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Washington that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Albany Park4----10.29

Comparing Washington to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7117% safer
Coventry77.412.4% safer
Washington79.29-
Croydon83.224.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.818% more dangerous
Bristol86.218% more dangerous
Leicester97.4419% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Washington's Neighbourhoods

Concord and Sulgrave is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Washington, followed by Washington Town Centre & Biddick in second place, and Shiney Row as the third most dangerous area. Washington's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Columbia, Barmston & Teal Farm, Harraton, Rickleton & Fatfield, and Oxclose and Lambton.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Albany and Blackfell60088Fourth
Columbia, Barmston & Teal Farm46057Seventh
Concord and Sulgrave1,197123First
Harraton, Rickleton & Fatfield46447Eighth
Newbottle & Penshaw54071Fifth
Oxclose and Lambton47957Sixth
Shiney Row83190Third
Washington Town Centre & Biddick717111Second

Washington Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAlbany and Blackfell (210)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (297)
Bicycle TheftOxclose and Lambton (1)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (13)
BurglaryOxclose and Lambton (11)Shiney Row (76)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (53)Concord and Sulgrave (175)
DrugsHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (4)Newbottle & Penshaw (19)
Other CrimeColumbia, Barmston & Teal Farm (7)Concord and Sulgrave (36)
Other TheftOxclose and Lambton (17)Albany and Blackfell (89)
Possession of WeaponsAlbany and Blackfell (1)Newbottle & Penshaw (11)
Public OrderHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (53)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (118)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Harraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (1)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (5)
ShopliftingOxclose and Lambton (2)Albany and Blackfell (163)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Newbottle & Penshaw (1)Concord and Sulgrave (5)
Vehicle CrimeColumbia, Barmston & Teal Farm (22)Concord and Sulgrave (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (191)Concord and Sulgrave (426)

Crime in Washington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Washington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Washington saw a 453% increase in anti-social behaviour. Washington saw a large fall in possession of weapons during July, when it fell by 91% compared to July in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Washington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+18%+195%+211%+98%-70%+23%+13%+4%+28%+453%
Bicycle Theft-50%+300%+300%+200%-50%+150%-82%-71%+67%-67%
Burglary-21%-16%+111%-+59%-32%-22%-35%-37%+15%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-41%-7%-3%-10%+17%-8%-10%-22%-32%
Drugs-82%--38%-78%+60%-45%-40%+63%+71%+100%
Other Crime+11%-20%+89%+78%+86%-18%+140%-25%+25%+50%
Other Theft-32%-42%-36%-3%-33%-21%-29%+8%-23%-44%
Possession of Weapons-80%-60%+75%-71%-91%+50%--75%-75%+50%
Public Order-29%-22%+11%+29%+31%+53%-3%+16%-20%+67%
Robbery+100%---50%-33%-50%--75%--
Shoplifting-32%-51%-42%-65%-56%-42%+3%+13%-6%-17%
Theft From the Person--67%-60%-+200%--67%---50%
Vehicle Crime-11%+4%+5%+15%+13%+83%-17%-23%-63%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-24%-1%+13%+1%+20%-6%-26%-1%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Washington

What police force serves Washington?
Washington's local territorial police force is the Northumbria Police.
How dangerous is Washington?
Washington is the safest major town in Tyne & Wear.
What is Washington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Washington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Washington?
Washington's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021