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Crime

Current Annual Crime Profile
Volume/Rate

21,404 crimes / 105.74 crimes per 1,000 population

Peer Comparison

4th in Most Similar Family Group / 2nd in Northumbria

Annual Change

Increase of 735 crimes (+4%)

Levels of recorded crime have remained relatively steady in the last three years, although lower levels of offences are recorded during February, April, November and December.[1]

Crime RecordedCrime Difference to Previous Year

Crime Breakdown of TypesMonth on month comparisons show that recorded crime has increased in all but three of the months in the past year. The biggest increases were recorded in May 2018, where offences increased by more 15% compared to May 2017 and in June 2018, where offences increased by 11% compared to June 2017. Reductions were recorded in March 2019, where offences fell by 7% compared to March 2018; in November and December 2018, where offences fell by 6% compared to the previous year. Overall, recorded crime in Gateshead increased by 4% in the 12 months to March 2019, with an additional 863 crimes recorded.[1]

crimeViolence against the person offences account for three in 10 of all offences reported in Gateshead. Typically, violence against the person offences include such offences as common assault, serious violence, assault with or without injury, harassment, possession of weapons, as well as other offences. The number of violence against the person offences has increased in the last 12 months, up 13% compared to 2017/18.[1]

Criminal damage also features highly, with 15% of offences classed as criminal damage. The number of offences of this nature have fallen in the last 12 months, down 6% compared to 2017/18. Alcohol is deemed to be a factor in 9% of all recorded crime in the last 12 months (this is recorded at the discretion of the police officer dealing with the crime).[1]

drugsThere were 455 drugs offences recorded during 2018/19, 89 more than in the previous 12 months. In addition, 5% of other crimes were recorded as being drug-related (as with alcohol, this is recorded at the discretion of the officer dealing with the crime).[1]

Victims of Crime

The number of victims linked to crimes in Gateshead has remained quite steady in the last two years. During the 2018/19 period there were 9,489 individuals linked to crime in Gateshead, one more than in the 2017/18 period.[1]

The 9,489 victims were linked to 13,425 crimes. This means that there are, on average, 1.4 crimes in Gateshead per victim.[1]

Just over a fifth of all victims in the last 12 months have been a victim of crime more than once during the period; a small proportion (2%) have been victims of crime on five or more occasions in the last 12 months.[1]

Times victimisedNumber of victims% of all victims
17,46978.7%
21,23913.1%
33784.0%
41811.9%
5+2242.4%
Repeat victims (2+)2,02221.3%
Total (Individuals)9,489 

More than half of all victims of crime are female. This will differ depending on the type of crime reported, but the proportion of female victims has remained the same in the last two years.[1]

The peak age band (the age band with the most victims) is 30-34 years; 13% of all victims fit in this age band. This is similar to levels found in previous years. This is the peak age for both male and female victims.[1]

By indexing the data, we are able to determine whether victims in a particular age band are disproportionately affected by crime based on the total population in that age band. A figure over the Gateshead index average of 100 suggests that an age group has an over-representation as victims. In the last 12 months:[1]

  • Victims aged between 35 and 39 years had the highest index score of 183
  • Female victims aged between 35 and 39 years had an index score of 187
  • Male victims aged between 35 and 39 had an index score of 179

The above scores suggest that those age bands are heading towards twice the number of victims than would be expected.[1]

Index of Victims of Crime
 Total10-1415-1920-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-6465-6970-7475+
Women100681081821771771871701411108174433929
Men10069981281451671791661311319886645440
Total100691021551621721831681371208980534634

Perceptions

surveysResidents' perceptions are surveyed on a regular basis through the Safer Communities Survey. The latest results show that 95% of residents feel very or fairly safe living in their neighbourhood, and almost six in 10 people surveyed feel that the council and police deal with the anti-social behaviour and crime issues that matter in their area.[2]

Gateshead' Community Safety Board undertook an online survey during March and April 2019. The survey was completed by over 900 residents. As with the Safer Communities Survey, most people (80%) feel safe living in their neighbourhood, although (40%) say there are certain areas they would avoid. Only 3% of respondents feel that their neighbourhood has improved, 45% don't believe there has been any change and 52% feel it has got worse in the last 12 months.[3]

Anti-Social Behaviour

In the last three years, the number of anti-social behaviour (ASB) incidents reported to Northumbria Police has fallen considerably. Between April 2018 and March 2019 incidents fell by 5% (-298 incidents) when compared to 2017/18 and by a fifth (-1,478 incidents) when compared to 2016/17.[1]

ASB RecordedASB Difference to Previous Year

ASB Breakdown of IncidentsMonth on month comparisons show that there have been reductions in ASB recorded in all but three months in the past year. The biggest reductions were achieved in August 2018, where incidents fell by a quarter when compared to August 2017; in June 2018, where incidents fell by a fifth compared to June 2017, and in September 2018 where incidents fell by a quarter compared to September 2017.[1]

A breakdown of types of ASB show that the vast majority of incidents (76%) are classed as non-youth related. Anti-social behaviour linked to alcohol continues to fall and is a factor in only 6% of ASB incidents reported to police, reducing year-on-year. The proportion of incidents that are classed as hate-related has also fallen and accounts for less than 1% of ASB reported to police.[1]

Private Sector Housing

Reports of noise and anti-social behaviour to the Council's Private Sector Housing team have increased by 46% in the last 12 months, with 1,131 complaints to the service.[4]

housingThe summer months generate the most complaints; almost three in 10 complaints made in the last three years were between July and August. This figure is higher for the latest 12 month period when a third of all complaints were made in July and August. Most of the issues reported to the Private Sector Housing team appear to be about general noise issues, people banging about and making a noise in their property. A fifth of complaints relate to barking dogs.[4]

The Gateshead Housing Company

For reporting purposes, domestic abuse and hate crime are classed as ASB by The Gateshead Housing Company.

The number of ASB cases opened by The Gateshead Housing Company has increased in the 12 months to March 2019. There have been 1,412 cases opened, 272 more than in 2017/18. The top three types of ASB reported to The Gateshead Housing Company are:[5]

  • Noise nuisance (30% of cases)
  • Domestic abuse (17% of cases)
  • Animal nuisance (7% of cases)

This is similar to the issues most commonly raised in the previous 12 months, although youth disorder featured in the top three in 2017/18 rather than animal nuisance.

Not reflected in the data is the number of complex cases investigated. There have been consistent increases in the number of cases that require more intensive investigation and support due to vulnerability and multiple complex underlying causes and/or challenging behaviours, both with perpetrators and victims of ASB. There are no figures currently available to demonstrate the numbers of complex cases investigated by The Gateshead Housing Company.


[1] Northumbria Police, iBase and iQuanta, 2018/19

[2] Safer Communities Survey, Northumbria Police, 2018/19

[3] Safer Gateshead Survey, Gateshead Community Safety Board, 2019 (Gateshead Council website)

[4] Gateshead Council Private Sector Housing Team, 2018/19

[5] The Gateshead Housing Company, 2018/19

 

Last modified on 21st August 2019

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