Ballymoney Crime Overview

Ballymoney is the second safest small town in Antrim, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ballymoney in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 63% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ballymoney is the 281st safest small town, and the 4,029th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Ballymoney 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. March 2020 was also a bad month for Ballymoney residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Ballymoney recorded 7 reports of other theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst small town for other theft in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Ballymoney are violence and sexual offences, with 211 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 4.3% lower than 2019's figure of 220 offences and a difference of 0.87 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Ballymoney's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Ballymoney Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Ballymoney This Year

 BallymoneyAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35934.5131,27352.6453% safer
Bicycle Theft40.384670.79108% safer
Burglary141.352,1413.60167% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson878.367,36712.4048% safer
Drugs222.113,3985.72171% safer
Other Crime80.779431.59106% safer
Other Theft464.424,4887.5571% safer
Possession of Weapons40.385320.90137% safer
Public Order40.385380.91139% safer
Robbery10.102840.48380% safer
Shoplifting282.692,7534.6372% safer
Theft From the Person20.191700.2953% safer
Vehicle Crime90.871,1541.94123% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21120.2816,77728.2439% safer

Ballymoney Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballyclare33433.5626% safer
Ballymoney44042.30-
Larne92749.4314% more dangerous
Antrim1,64970.5540% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ballymoney

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Ballymoney Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31242835Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.190.190.38Getting worse
Burglary2.62.12.21.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8778Getting worse
Drugs1.42.31.72.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.290.770.960.77Getting worse
Other Theft4.87114.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.290.380.100.38Getting worse
Public Order0.290.101.10.38Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.10-0.290.10Safer
Shoplifting2.22.33.32.7Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.190.10-0.19Getting worse
Vehicle Crime0.580.580.960.87Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences16142120Getting worse

Changes In Ballymoney's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ballymoney to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ballymoney42.30-
Barnet67.7138% more dangerous
Coventry77.4145% more dangerous
Croydon83.2249% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8151% more dangerous
Bristol86.2151% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8759% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0268% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+58%+118%+21%+15%+37%+24%+27%+9%+27%
Burglary-+33%-50%--80%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+300%+33%-20%-40%+22%+233%-50%+100%-69%
Drugs---75%----50%-+25%+100%
Other Crime+100%---------
Other Theft-40%--75%-69%-50%--67%-78%--50%
Public Order------67%----
Shoplifting-33%-+100%--20%+100%+33%-50%-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 second 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021