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Crime and Safety in Ballymena

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Ballymena is the most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 2021 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballymena is the 76th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 885th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Ballymena was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.03 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Ballymena residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Ballymena recorded 39 reports of criminal damage and arson during August 2021, making its crime rate of 1.3 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 1,130 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 943 offences and a difference of 6.33 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Ballymena's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 40% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Ballymena 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Antrim

47% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

12% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ballymena is 47% higher than Northern Ireland and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ballymena Crime Rate Over Time

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Ballymena Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ballymena 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 Ballymena

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021862,554
2020842,497
2019992,931
2018942,779
2017832,459
2016671,979

Crime in Ballymena Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Ballymena This Year

 BallymenaAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,69357.2927,94047.03 18% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.204440.75 275% safer
Burglary752.541,9123.22 27% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson39613.407,54012.69 5% more dangerous
Drugs41714.113,8296.45 54% more dangerous
Other Crime471.599691.63 2.5% safer
Other Theft1575.314,4227.44 40% safer
Possession of Weapons551.864910.83 55% more dangerous
Public Order331.125610.94 16% more dangerous
Robbery120.412750.46 12% safer
Shoplifting1906.432,4674.15 35% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.171680.28 65% safer
Vehicle Crime311.051,1581.95 86% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,13038.2421,45536.12 6% more dangerous

Ballymena Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus1,13340.47114% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,66053.2362% safer
Lisburn City2,97065.4632% safer
Ballymena2,55486.43-

Crime Over Time in Ballymena

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Ballymena Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour47465957 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.410.370.610.20 Safer
Burglary64.84.12.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15191513 Safer
Drugs881014 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.21.81.6 Safer
Other Theft121185 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.51.31.9 Getting worse
Public Order1.10.641.21.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.470.580.680.41 Safer
Shoplifting171496 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.270.470.240.17 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.81.71.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30353238 Getting worse

Changes In Ballymena's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballymena to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0829% safer
Croydon82.484.8% safer
Ballymena86.43-
Sheffield90.054.0% more dangerous
Bristol90.524.5% more dangerous
Coventry102.2415% more dangerous
Leicester111.5923% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0630% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6433% more dangerous
Bradford132.2835% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% 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).

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