Crime and Safety in Ballyclare

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Ballyclare is the second safest small towns in Antrim, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ballyclare in 2021 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 95% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballyclare is the 187th safest small town, and the 4,825th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Ballyclare was the worst small town in Antrim for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Ballyclare residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Ballyclare recorded 1 report of public order during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst small town for public order in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Ballyclare are violence and sexual offences, with 239 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 38% higher than 2020's figure of 147 offences and a difference of 9.24 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Ballyclare's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Ballyclare 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Antrim

16% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

94% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ballyclare is 16% lower than Northern Ireland and 94% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ballyclare Crime Rate Over Time

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Ballyclare Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Ballyclare

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Crime in Ballyclare Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Ballyclare This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29429.5427,94047.03 59% safer
Burglary212.111,9123.22 53% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson575.737,54012.69 121% safer
Drugs161.613,8296.45 301% safer
Other Crime90.909691.63 81% safer
Other Theft212.114,4227.44 253% safer
Possession of Weapons10.104910.83 730% safer
Public Order20.205610.94 370% safer
Shoplifting191.912,4674.15 117% safer
Vehicle Crime70.701,1581.95 179% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23924.0121,45536.12 50% safer

Ballyclare Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballymoney40538.931.2% safer
Larne1,00753.6927% more dangerous
Antrim1,91782.0152% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ballyclare

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Ballyclare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24214130 Getting worse
Burglary1. Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6766 Safer
Drugs0.801.32.01.6 Getting worse
Other Crime0.601.01.30.90 Getting worse
Other Theft892.82.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons- Safer
Public Order0.200.300.400.20 Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Vehicle Crime0.400.500.800.70 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12171524 Getting worse

Changes In Ballyclare's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballyclare to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0841% more dangerous
Croydon82.4852% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0556% more dangerous
Bristol90.5256% more dangerous
Coventry102.2461% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6470% more dangerous
Bradford132.2870% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Ballyclare During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ballyclare change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Ballyclare saw a 300% increase in anti-social behaviour. Ballyclare saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 95% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+141%+300%+171%+120%+48%+52%+61%-6%+167%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%-82%-+100%+233%-38%+33%-67%+75%-13%
Other Crime---+50%------
Other Theft-50%-83%-88%--83%-95%-20%-75%+50%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Vehicle Crime--------50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-53%-33%-29%+86%+100%-36%-19%--52%-43%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ballyclare

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

How dangerous is Ballyclare?
Ballyclare is the second safest small town in Antrim.

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

What is the least common crime in Ballyclare?
Ballyclare's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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