Crime and Safety in Antrim

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Antrim is the most dangerous small town in Antrim, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Antrim in 2021 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Antrim is the 153rd most dangerous small town, and the 990th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Antrim was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Antrim for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Antrim residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Antrim recorded 11 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.47 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Antrim are violence and sexual offences, with 1,064 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 772 offences and a difference of 12.49 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Antrim's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Antrim 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Antrim

44% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

11% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Antrim is 44% higher than Northern Ireland and 11% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Antrim Crime Rate Over Time

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Antrim Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Antrim represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Crime in Antrim Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Antrim This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,02043.6427,94047.03 8% safer
Bicycle Theft70.304440.75 150% safer
Burglary642.741,9123.22 18% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson33914.507,54012.69 12% more dangerous
Drugs1405.993,8296.45 8% safer
Other Crime331.419691.63 16% safer
Other Theft1094.664,4227.44 60% safer
Possession of Weapons190.814910.83 2.5% safer
Public Order150.645610.94 47% safer
Robbery30.132750.46 254% safer
Shoplifting984.192,4674.15 0.95% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime261.111,1581.95 76% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,06445.5221,45536.12 21% more dangerous

Antrim Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballymoney40538.93111% safer
Ballyclare39239.39108% safer
Larne1,00753.6953% safer

Crime Over Time in Antrim

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Antrim Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour37435344 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.600.560.260.30 Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14151514 Safer
Drugs574.76 Getting worse
Other Crime3. Safer
Other Theft754.24.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.810.940.940.81 Safer
Public Order0.770.940.810.64 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.430.210.13 Safer
Shoplifting3.954.34.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38543346 Getting worse

Changes In Antrim's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Antrim to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93105% safer
Birmingham49.6065% safer
Barnet67.0822% safer
Croydon82.480.57% more dangerous
Sheffield90.039% more dangerous
Bristol90.529% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Antrim During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Antrim change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Antrim saw a 200% increase in burglary. Antrim saw a large fall in other crime during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Antrim's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+69%+9%+39%+9%+2%+190%+42%+13%+4%
Bicycle Theft---67%+50%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-31%+14%+16%-7%-9%+24%+11%+5%+55%
Other Crime-88%-+200%-67%-+200%+25%-33%+100%-50%
Other Theft--25%-55%-81%+29%-50%--50%+71%-
Possession of Weapons-+50%-+33%--33%--71%-50%-
Public Order---50%+100%-33%--+100%-67%-
Theft From the Person---50%-------
Vehicle Crime---30%-44%-+50%-50%+100%-60%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-44%-58%-56%-61%-61%-38%-10%-23%+21%-19%

Antrim's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Antrim
Ballyclare39239108% safer
Ballymena2,554865% more dangerous
Ballymoney40539111% safer
Belfast City28,40010119% more dangerous
Carrickfergus1,13340103% safer
Larne1,0075453% safer
Lisburn City2,9706525% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,6605354% safer
Metropolitan Newtownabbey3,2404966% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Antrim

What police force serves Antrim?
Antrim's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

How dangerous is Antrim?
Antrim is the most dangerous small town in Antrim.

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

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

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