Crime and Safety in Ballymoney

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Ballymoney is the 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 Ballymoney in 2021 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 98% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballymoney is the 178th safest small town, and the 4,907th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Ballymoney was the worst small town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Ballymoney residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Ballymoney recorded 4 reports of other crime during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst small town for other crime in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Ballymoney are violence and sexual offences, with 228 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 211 offences and a difference of 1.64 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Ballymoney's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Ballymoney 2022 Crime Scorecard


Small Towns, Antrim

18% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

96% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ballymoney is 18% lower than Northern Ireland and 96% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ballymoney Crime Rate Over Time

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Ballymoney Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Ballymoney 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 Ballymoney

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Crime in Ballymoney Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Ballymoney This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35634.2227,94047.03 37% safer
Bicycle Theft20.194440.75 295% safer
Burglary161.541,9123.22 109% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson565.387,54012.69 136% safer
Drugs252.403,8296.45 169% safer
Other Crime181.739691.63 6% more dangerous
Other Theft201.924,4227.44 288% safer
Possession of Weapons40.384910.83 118% safer
Public Order20.195610.94 395% safer
Shoplifting262.502,4674.15 66% safer
Theft From the Person10.101680.28 180% safer
Vehicle Crime70.671,1581.95 191% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22821.9221,45536.12 65% safer

Ballymoney Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballyclare39239.391.2% more dangerous
Larne1,00753.6927% more dangerous
Antrim1,91782.0153% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ballymoney

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Ballymoney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24283534 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.190.190.380.19No change
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7785 Safer
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime0.770.960.771.7 Getting worse
Other Theft7114.41.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.100.380.38 Getting worse
Public Order0.101.10.380.19 Safer
Shoplifting2. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.10-0.190.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.580.960.870.67 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14212022 Getting worse

Changes In Ballymoney's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballymoney to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0842% more dangerous
Croydon82.4853% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0557% more dangerous
Bristol90.5257% more dangerous
Coventry102.2462% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6470% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Ballymoney During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ballymoney change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Ballymoney saw a 300% increase in criminal damage and arson. Ballymoney saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 80% compared to July in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+58%+118%+21%+15%+37%+24%+27%+9%+27%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+300%+33%-20%-40%+22%+233%-50%+100%-69%
Other Crime+100%---------
Other Theft-40%--75%-69%-50%--67%-78%--50%
Public Order------67%----
Vehicle Crime--------+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-36%+33%+58%-28%-14%-32%-42%-33%+33%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ballymoney

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

How dangerous is Ballymoney?
Ballymoney is the safest small town in Antrim.

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

What is the least common crime in Ballymoney?
Ballymoney's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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