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Crime and Safety in Washington, Tyne & Wear

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Washington is the safest major towns 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 2021 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Washington is the 30th safest major town, and the 1,473rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Washington are violence and sexual offences, with 2,050 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 2.3% higher than 2020's figure of 2,003 offences and a difference of 0.70 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Washington's least common crime is robbery, with 17 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 6% from 2020's figure of 18 crimes.

Washington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Tyne & Wear

6% lower, regional crime rate

North East

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Washington is 6% lower than the North East and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Washington Crime Rate Over Time

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Washington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Washington 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 Washington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021724,779
2020795,285
2019855,691
2018855,653
2017815,387
2016634,230

Crime in Washington Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Washington This Year

 WashingtonTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,83227.4442,09536.87 34% safer
Bicycle Theft300.451,4171.24 176% safer
Burglary1942.914,8014.21 45% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson74411.1514,62512.81 15% safer
Drugs861.292,6122.29 78% safer
Other Crime1482.222,7122.38 7% safer
Other Theft3555.328,2997.27 37% safer
Possession of Weapons390.589350.82 41% safer
Public Order5808.6913,59511.91 37% safer
Robbery170.256460.57 128% safer
Shoplifting2964.436,5025.69 28% safer
Theft From the Person270.408040.70 75% safer
Vehicle Crime2133.195,1134.48 40% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,05030.7142,50437.23 21% safer

Washington Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Washington4,77971.59-
Tynemouth6,21189.5720% more dangerous
South Shields7,995104.0231% more dangerous
Gateshead12,834104.9832% more dangerous
Sunderland18,797107.5333% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Washington

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Recent Crimes in Washington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Well Bank RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near WellhopeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spire RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barmston WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near AlwinInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Cambridge AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Borrowdale CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Albany WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near AllenheadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gragareth WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Well Bank RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hylton CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Spire RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mentieth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Washington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26233427 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.760.630.580.45 Safer
Burglary3.73.83.82.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131111 Safer
Drugs1.21.41.31.3 Getting worse
Other Crime2.31.62.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft9865 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.850.480.58 Safer
Public Order1210109 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.450.270.25 Safer
Shoplifting7974.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.630.310.40 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.64.83.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30313031 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Washington to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.087% safer
Washington71.59-
Croydon82.4813% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0520% more dangerous
Bristol90.5221% more dangerous
Coventry102.2430% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Washington's Neighbourhoods

Washington Town Centre & Biddick is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Washington, followed by Concord and Sulgrave in second place, and Albany and Blackfell 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 Blackfell47770Third
Columbia, Barmston & Teal Farm46357Sixth
Concord and Sulgrave998103Second
Harraton, Rickleton & Fatfield48349Eighth
Newbottle & Penshaw51167Fifth
Oxclose and Lambton46956Seventh
Shiney Row63769Fourth
Washington Town Centre & Biddick700109First

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 BehaviourNewbottle & Penshaw (151)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (286)
Bicycle TheftOxclose and Lambton (1)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (9)
BurglaryColumbia, Barmston & Teal Farm (17)Newbottle & Penshaw (37)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (67)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (121)
DrugsHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (5)Concord and Sulgrave (20)
Other CrimeHarraton, Rickleton & Fatfield (11)Concord and Sulgrave (34)
Other TheftOxclose and Lambton (22)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (58)
Possession of WeaponsAlbany and Blackfell (1)Concord and Sulgrave (9)
Public OrderNewbottle & Penshaw (44)Concord and Sulgrave (137)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Concord and Sulgrave (2)Albany and Blackfell (3)
ShopliftingNewbottle & Penshaw (1)Washington Town Centre & Biddick (131)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Shiney Row (1)Newbottle & Penshaw (11)
Vehicle CrimeNewbottle & Penshaw (13)Columbia, Barmston & Teal Farm (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesAlbany and Blackfell (165)Concord and Sulgrave (455)

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%+97%-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%-24%+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%+79%-17%-23%-63%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-24%-1%+13%+1%+20%-6%-28%-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).

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