Ballyclare Crime Overview

Ballyclare is the safest small town 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 2020 was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 106% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballyclare is the 157th safest small town, and the 5,700th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Ballyclare was the worst small town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 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 2 reports of public order during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for public order in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Ballyclare are violence and sexual offences, with 147 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 173 offences and a difference of 2.61 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Ballyclare's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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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 Behaviour40840.9931,27352.6428% safer
Bicycle Theft40.404670.7998% safer
Burglary161.612,1413.60124% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson646.437,36712.4093% safer
Drugs202.013,3985.72185% safer
Other Crime131.319431.5921% safer
Other Theft282.814,4887.55169% safer
Possession of Weapons20.205320.90350% safer
Public Order40.405380.91128% safer
Shoplifting282.812,7534.6365% safer
Vehicle Crime80.801,1541.94142% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14714.7716,77728.2491% safer

Ballyclare Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballymoney44042.3021% more dangerous
Larne92749.4332% more dangerous
Antrim1,64970.5552% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ballyclare

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Ballyclare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28242141Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.10-0.40Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7676Getting worse
Drugs2.20.801.32.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.500.601.01.3Getting worse
Other Theft6892.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.20-0.200.20No change
Public Order0.300.200.300.40Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.20.400.500.80Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences12121715Getting worse

Changes In Ballyclare's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballyclare to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7150% more dangerous
Coventry77.4157% more dangerous
Croydon83.2260% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8161% more dangerous
Bristol86.2161% more dangerous
Leicester97.4466% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8767% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2869% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% 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 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.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021