Carrickfergus Crime Overview

Carrickfergus is the safest medium-sized 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 Carrickfergus in 2020 was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 105% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carrickfergus is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 5,663rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2019, Carrickfergus was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for other theft, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2018 was also a bad month for Carrickfergus residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Carrickfergus recorded 6 reports of public order during October 2018, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst medium-sized town for public order in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Carrickfergus are violence and sexual offences, with 442 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 468 offences and a difference of 0.93 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Carrickfergus's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

Compare Carrickfergus to other towns and cities

See how Carrickfergus shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Carrickfergus and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Carrickfergus Compared To Antrim

Summary of Crimes in Carrickfergus This Year

 CarrickfergusAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour87231.1531,27352.6469% safer
Bicycle Theft80.294670.79172% safer
Burglary311.112,1413.60224% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1665.937,36712.40109% safer
Drugs682.433,3985.72135% safer
Other Crime180.649431.59148% safer
Other Theft1013.614,4887.55109% safer
Possession of Weapons90.325320.90181% safer
Public Order190.685380.9134% safer
Robbery20.072840.48586% safer
Shoplifting652.322,7534.63100% safer
Vehicle Crime150.541,1541.94259% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44215.7916,77728.2479% safer

Carrickfergus Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus94433.72-
Metropolitan Lisburn1,51248.4830% more dangerous
Lisburn City2,83062.3846% more dangerous
Ballymena2,49784.5060% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32282631Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.250.140.29Getting worse
Burglary1.70.821.61.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6876Safer
Drugs2.42.32.62.4No change
Other Crime1.11.00.680.64Safer
Other Theft4.5693.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.390.500.32Safer
Public Order0.430.540.360.68Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.110.070.070.07Safer
Shoplifting1.81.42.02.3Getting worse
Vehicle Crime0.570.710.960.54Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14151716Getting worse

Changes In Carrickfergus's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Carrickfergus to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus33.72-
Barnet67.7150% more dangerous
Coventry77.4156% more dangerous
Croydon83.2259% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8161% more dangerous
Bristol86.2161% more dangerous
Leicester97.4465% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8767% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2869% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1075% more dangerous

Crime in Carrickfergus During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Carrickfergus change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Carrickfergus saw a 500% increase in other crime. Carrickfergus saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+48%+88%-10%-1%+18%+14%+51%+14%+24%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Burglary-63%-50%-25%--+50%--67%-67%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%-35%-50%-17%+40%--8%-33%+150%-13%
Drugs-33%-+400%-+50%-46%-+20%+43%-33%
Other Crime+500%--+100%-----67%-
Other Theft-57%-88%-77%-42%-77%-33%-85%-70%-54%-69%
Possession of Weapons-------+100%--
Public Order----50%+300%-+200%--33%-
Shoplifting+233%--33%--71%-60%+80%-78%-50%-25%
Vehicle Crime--+100%-33%+100%+50%--50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+37%+4%-15%-41%-5%-8%-39%-23%+70%-46%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Carrickfergus

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021