Crime on the increase in South Tyneside

Crime has risen over the last year in South Tyneside, official police records reveal.

Crime figures rise.
Crime figures rise.

Northumbria Police recorded 13,729 offences in the area in the 12 months to June, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) – an increase of five per cent compared to the previous year, when there were 13,102.

At 90.8 crimes per 1,000 people, that was in line with the rate across England and Wales of 91.3.

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Of the crimes recorded in South Tyneside over the last 12 months, 401 were sexual offences – a decrease of eight per cent on the previous year.

The data also shows that violent crime in the area has risen in the area - from 5,329 to 5,428 over the year – and theft offences rose by 12%, with 3,222 incidents recorded in the 12 months to June.

Crimes recorded in South Tyneside included:

*401 sexual offences - a decrease of eight per cent.

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*5,428 violent offences - a rise of two per cent.

*2,132 incidents of criminal damage and arson - up 36%.

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*273 drug offences – down 28%.

*125 possession of weapons - down seven per cent.

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*1,702 public order offences - down nine per cent.

*3,222 theft offences - a rise of 12%.

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*1,940 stalking and harassment offences – down seven per cent.

Nationally, a total of 6.5 million crimes were recorded in the 12 months to June – up 12% compared with last year, when crime levels were affected by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

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The total includes 196,889 sexual offences – up 20% year-on-year – and 2.1 million violent crimes – a rise of 13% year-on-year.