Ballymena Crime Overview

Ballymena is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Antrim, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ballymena in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballymena is the 69th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 847th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Ballymena was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Ballymena residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.68 per 1,000 residents. Ballymena recorded 50 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 1.7 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Ballymena are violence and sexual offences, with 943 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 1,043 offences and a difference of 3.38 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Ballymena's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Ballymena Compared To Antrim

Summary of Crimes in Ballymena This Year

 BallymenaAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,75059.2231,27352.6411% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.614670.7930% safer
Burglary1214.092,1413.6012% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson45215.307,36712.4019% more dangerous
Drugs2849.613,3985.7240% more dangerous
Other Crime531.799431.5911% more dangerous
Other Theft2237.554,4887.550% safer
Possession of Weapons391.325320.9032% more dangerous
Public Order341.155380.9121% more dangerous
Robbery200.682840.4829% more dangerous
Shoplifting2528.532,7534.6346% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.241700.2921% safer
Vehicle Crime511.731,1541.9412% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences94331.9116,77728.2412% more dangerous

Ballymena Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus94433.72151% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,51248.4874% safer
Lisburn City2,83062.3835% safer
Ballymena2,49784.50-

Crime Over Time in Ballymena

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Ballymena Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51474659Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.200.410.370.61Getting worse
Burglary764.84.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151915Safer
Drugs68810Getting worse
Other Crime1.62.02.21.8Safer
Other Theft1012118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.711.31.51.3Getting worse
Public Order0.811.10.641.2Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.470.580.68Getting worse
Shoplifting1117149Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.270.470.24Safer
Vehicle Crime2.31.91.81.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28303532Getting worse

Changes In Ballymena's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballymena to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.419% safer
Croydon83.221.5% safer
Ballymena84.50-
Sheffield85.811.5% more dangerous
Bristol86.212.0% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8718% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Ballymena During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ballymena change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Ballymena saw a 400% increase in public order. Ballymena saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 89% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+143%+27%+4%+3%+16%+66%+65%+75%+44%
Bicycle Theft--+200%+100%-60%+100%----
Burglary-64%-53%-47%-47%-40%-30%+120%+82%-42%-20%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-40%+5%-19%-62%-2%+2%-27%+39%-29%
Drugs+42%-56%+71%+83%+94%+6%+64%--3%-27%
Other Crime-20%+20%+33%-70%-60%-67%-63%-25%+75%-67%
Other Theft-59%-53%-70%-44%--50%-17%-58%+4%-
Possession of Weapons-50%-50%+200%-33%--75%-+200%-67%-
Public Order-33%---50%+100%-+400%+100%+100%-25%
Robbery-------50%+100%+100%-
Shoplifting-31%-75%-71%-89%-54%-56%-3%-+10%-56%
Theft From the Person+100%-----75%---+50%
Vehicle Crime-25%--80%-38%-+67%-50%+67%-25%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%-30%+17%-5%-15%+39%+2%-28%-23%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ballymena

What police force serves Ballymena?
Ballymena's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Ballymena?
Ballymena is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Antrim.
What is Ballymena's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ballymena are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ballymena?
Ballymena's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021