Whitley Bay Crime Overview

Whitley Bay is the safest medium-sized town 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 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyne & Wear's overall crime rate, coming in 64% 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 55th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,426th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Whitley Bay was the worst medium-sized town in Tyne & Wear for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Whitley Bay residents, when it was Tyne & Wear's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Whitley Bay recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Tyne & Wear that month.

The most common crimes in Whitley Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 699 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 739 offences and a difference of 1.07 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Whitley Bay's least common crime is robbery, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 8% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Whitley Bay Compared To Tyne & Wear

Summary of Crimes in Whitley Bay This Year

 Whitley BayTyne & Wear 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,17831.6050,24944.0139% safer
Bicycle Theft501.341,6771.4710% safer
Burglary912.445,2094.5687% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2657.1115,08813.2286% safer
Drugs290.782,8012.45214% safer
Other Crime381.022,9482.58153% safer
Other Theft1975.288,8037.7146% safer
Possession of Weapons140.389770.86126% safer
Public Order2807.5114,07712.3364% safer
Robbery120.325710.5056% safer
Shoplifting1604.296,9626.1042% safer
Theft From the Person230.629020.7927% safer
Vehicle Crime2316.205,8375.1118% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences69918.7539,06834.2283% safer

Whitley Bay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitley Bay2,08956.04-
Longbenton2,65768.9519% more dangerous
Jarrow3,32777.8628% more dangerous
Wallsend5,370118.1853% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Whitley Bay

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Whitley Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28242132Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.61.11.3Getting worse
Burglary4.53.03.12.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9877Safer
Drugs0.910.830.590.78Getting worse
Other Crime0.861.00.861.0Getting worse
Other Theft8765Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.480.380.38Safer
Public Order81188Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.210.350.32Getting worse
Shoplifting8774.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.700.800.780.62Safer
Vehicle Crime4.63.376Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18212019Safer

Changes In Whitley Bay's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitley Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitley Bay56.04-
Barnet67.7117% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Whitley Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Monkseaton15727Third
Whitley Bay Promenade877114First
Whitley Sands21135Second

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021