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Crime and Safety in Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

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Whitley Bay is the safest medium-sized towns in Tyne & Wear, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Tyne & Wear's 28 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitley Bay in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 70% lower than the Tyne & Wear rate of 92 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitley Bay is the 43rd safest medium-sized town, and the 2,833rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Whitley Bay was the worst medium-sized town in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Whitley Bay residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous medium-sized town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Whitley Bay recorded 47 reports of vehicle crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst medium-sized town for vehicle crime in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Whitley Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 750 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 699 offences and a difference of 1.37 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Whitley Bay's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 140% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Whitley Bay 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Tyne & Wear

41% lower, regional crime rate

North East

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitley Bay is 41% lower than the North East and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitley Bay Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Whitley Bay 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 Whitley Bay

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021542,011
2020562,089
2019622,297
2018642,399
2017652,406
2016521,948

Crime in Whitley Bay Compared To Tyne & Wear

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Summary of Crimes in Whitley Bay This Year

 Whitley BayTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour87623.5042,09536.87 57% safer
Bicycle Theft220.591,4171.24 110% safer
Burglary1283.434,8014.21 23% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2556.8414,62512.81 87% safer
Drugs210.562,6122.29 309% safer
Other Crime230.622,7122.38 284% safer
Other Theft1905.108,2997.27 43% safer
Possession of Weapons110.309350.82 173% safer
Public Order2647.0813,59511.91 68% safer
Robbery50.136460.57 338% safer
Shoplifting1283.436,5025.69 66% safer
Theft From the Person100.278040.70 159% safer
Vehicle Crime2045.475,1134.48 18% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences75020.1242,50437.23 85% safer

Whitley Bay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitley Bay2,01153.95-
Longbenton2,61567.8620% more dangerous
Jarrow3,47781.3734% more dangerous
Wallsend5,038110.8751% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitley Bay

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Recent Crimes in Whitley Bay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Clovelly GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ocean ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Grenada CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kingsley AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windsor GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Station SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Studley GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cauldwell LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Percy TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sanderson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Claremont GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Marine AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South ParadeInvestigation 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 Hatfield GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Whitley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Whitley Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24213224 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.61.11.30.59 Safer
Burglary3.03.12.43.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8777 Safer
Drugs0.830.590.780.56 Safer
Other Crime1.00.861.00.62 Safer
Other Theft7655 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.380.380.30 Safer
Public Order11887 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.350.320.13 Safer
Shoplifting774.33.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.780.620.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.3765 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21201920 Getting worse

Changes In Whitley Bay's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitley Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitley Bay53.95-
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Whitley Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Monkseaton19132Second
Whitley Bay Promenade845110First
Whitley Sands18931Third

Crime in Whitley Bay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitley Bay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Whitley Bay saw a 791% increase in anti-social behaviour. Whitley Bay saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+89%+78%+79%-79%+39%+45%+83%+160%+791%
Bicycle Theft--+67%-75%+100%+100%+200%-+50%+100%
Burglary-18%-92%-57%-50%+14%-50%-79%-17%+400%+80%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-58%-33%+44%+68%-8%+131%-24%-13%-43%
Drugs-+300%-50%+33%-50%---33%-33%-
Other Crime+33%-+50%-+100%+200%-67%+25%-+200%
Other Theft+74%-7%-54%+18%-42%-12%+44%-35%+8%-36%
Possession of Weapons-50%------+100%--
Public Order-38%-68%+17%+65%-13%-5%+36%-21%+87%-41%
Robbery-50%---50%------
Shoplifting-47%-61%-48%-39%-58%-62%-68%-14%+67%+25%
Theft From the Person+200%--+100%---33%--67%+50%
Vehicle Crime-54%-57%-68%-74%+25%-52%-3%+100%-+186%
Violence and Sexual Offences-24%-64%+2%-25%+43%-2%+22%-5%+23%+13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitley Bay

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

How dangerous is Whitley Bay?
Whitley Bay is the safest medium-sized town in Tyne & Wear.

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

What is the least common crime in Whitley Bay?
Whitley Bay's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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