Antrim Crime Overview

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 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 2.1% higher than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Antrim is the 194th most dangerous small town, and the 1,390th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Antrim was the worst small town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Antrim residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Antrim recorded 31 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Antrim are violence and sexual offences, with 772 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 65% lower than 2019's figure of 1,272 offences and a difference of 21.39 from 2019's crime rate of 54. Antrim's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Antrim Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Antrim This Year

 AntrimAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,24653.3031,27352.641.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.264670.79204% safer
Burglary863.682,1413.602.2% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson36015.407,36712.4019% more dangerous
Drugs1094.663,3985.7223% safer
Other Crime301.289431.5924% safer
Other Theft984.194,4887.5580% safer
Possession of Weapons220.945320.904.3% more dangerous
Public Order190.815380.9112% safer
Robbery50.212840.48129% safer
Shoplifting1004.282,7534.638% safer
Theft From the Person40.171700.2971% safer
Vehicle Crime381.631,1541.9419% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77233.0316,77728.2415% more dangerous

Antrim Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballyclare33433.56110% safer
Ballymoney44042.3067% safer
Larne92749.4343% safer
Antrim1,64970.55-

Crime Over Time in Antrim

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Antrim Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour49374353Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.470.600.560.26Safer
Burglary3.52.83.73.7Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson18141515Getting worse
Drugs4.6574.7Safer
Other Crime2.03.22.21.3Safer
Other Theft7754.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.810.810.940.94Getting worse
Public Order1.00.770.940.81Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.260.430.21Safer
Shoplifting4.43.954.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.170.210.17No change
Vehicle Crime3.01.12.31.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29385433Safer

Changes In Antrim's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Antrim to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.714.2% safer
Antrim70.55-
Coventry77.419% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8118% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4428% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1049% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+69%+9%+39%+9%+2%+190%+42%+13%+4%
Bicycle Theft---67%+50%------
Burglary+17%+25%-22%-33%+200%-33%-+17%-58%+13%
Criminal Damage and Arson-3%-31%+14%+16%-7%-9%+24%+11%+5%+55%
Drugs-46%-56%-67%-33%+8%-41%-25%-59%+7%+25%
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%-
Robbery-50%---------
Shoplifting--60%-50%-71%+8%-36%-25%-50%+27%-33%
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
Ballyclare33434110% safer
Ballymena2,4978417% more dangerous
Ballymoney4404267% safer
Belfast City25,3739122% more dangerous
Carrickfergus94434109% safer
Larne9274943% safer
Lisburn City2,8306213% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,5124846% safer
Metropolitan Newtownabbey2,7144171% 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 26 Nov 2021