Whickham Crime Overview

Whickham is the second safest small town in Tyne & Wear, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whickham in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 97% lower than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whickham is the 343rd safest small town, and the 3,445th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Whickham was the worst small town in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Whickham residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Whickham recorded 6 reports of shoplifting during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst small town for shoplifting in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Whickham are violence and sexual offences, with 310 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 2.6% lower than 2019's figure of 318 offences and a difference of 0.50 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Whickham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Whickham Compared To Tyne & Wear

Summary of Crimes in Whickham This Year

 WhickhamTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39724.8150,24944.0177% safer
Bicycle Theft50.311,6771.47374% safer
Burglary281.755,2094.56161% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson986.1315,08813.22116% safer
Drugs161.002,8012.45145% safer
Other Crime291.812,9482.5843% safer
Other Theft784.888,8037.7158% safer
Possession of Weapons30.199770.86353% safer
Public Order895.5614,07712.33122% safer
Robbery20.135710.50285% safer
Shoplifting553.446,9626.1077% safer
Theft From the Person30.199020.79316% safer
Vehicle Crime291.815,8375.11182% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31019.3839,06834.2277% safer

Whickham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ryton73746.081.0% safer
Whickham74546.56-
Woolsington54067.1831% more dangerous
Hebburn1,50973.2936% more dangerous
Blaydon1,12576.5739% more dangerous
Houghton-le-Spring1,453101.5254% more dangerous
Hetton1,722118.8261% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whickham

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Whickham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21161425Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.130.310.060.31Getting worse
Burglary2.73.22.01.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91076Safer
Drugs1.01.21.21.0Safer
Other Crime1.32.11.91.8Getting worse
Other Theft674.24.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.380.130.19Safer
Public Order7766Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.250.250.13Safer
Shoplifting3.4583.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.690.250.19Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.11.71.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202019Getting worse

Changes In Whickham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Whickham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Chase Park9-1-102.0
Swalwell Park7-3-438

Comparing Whickham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whickham46.56-
Barnet67.7131% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2244% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Whickham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Swalwell959133First
Whickham18326Second

Crime in Whickham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whickham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Whickham saw a 900% increase in other theft. Whickham saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 94% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+213%+163%+68%-61%-7%+64%+19%+264%+475%
Burglary----80%--40%+200%-67%-40%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson+10%-50%-60%-67%-38%+175%-31%-18%+100%-
Drugs+100%--50%--33%--+100%--33%
Other Crime---75%+25%+100%--88%+100%+200%+100%
Other Theft+400%-+900%+67%-44%-11%-40%-38%-33%+33%
Possession of Weapons------+100%---
Public Order-38%+33%-29%+83%-71%-42%+50%+10%-75%-29%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-67%-59%-50%+800%-38%-54%+29%-91%-94%-88%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--25%-----+17%-33%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+48%-8%-50%+31%-43%-29%+19%+24%-12%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whickham

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021