Crime and Safety in Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus is the safest medium-sized towns 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 Carrickfergus in 2021 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 90% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carrickfergus is among the top 10 safest medium-sized town, and the 4,646th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Carrickfergus was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Carrickfergus residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Carrickfergus recorded 5 reports of other crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Carrickfergus are violence and sexual offences, with 616 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 28% higher than 2020's figure of 442 offences and a difference of 6.21 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Carrickfergus's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Carrickfergus 2022 Crime Scorecard


Medium-Sized Towns, Antrim

13% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

89% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Carrickfergus is 13% lower than Northern Ireland and 89% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Carrickfergus Crime Rate Over Time

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Carrickfergus Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Carrickfergus 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 Carrickfergus

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Crime in Carrickfergus Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Carrickfergus This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour81929.2527,94047.03 61% safer
Bicycle Theft60.214440.75 257% safer
Burglary150.541,9123.22 496% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2278.117,54012.69 56% safer
Drugs692.463,8296.45 162% safer
Other Crime200.719691.63 130% safer
Other Theft752.684,4227.44 178% safer
Possession of Weapons80.294910.83 186% safer
Public Order150.545610.94 74% safer
Robbery10.042750.46 1050% safer
Shoplifting682.432,4674.15 71% safer
Theft From the Person10.041680.28 600% safer
Vehicle Crime120.431,1581.95 353% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61622.0021,45536.12 64% safer

Carrickfergus Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Lisburn1,66053.2324% more dangerous
Lisburn City2,97065.4638% more dangerous
Ballymena2,55486.4353% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carrickfergus

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Carrickfergus Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour28263129 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. Getting worse
Burglary0.821.61.10.54 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8768 Getting worse
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.680.640.71 Safer
Other Theft693.62.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.500.320.29 Safer
Public Order0.540.360.680.54 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting1. Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)---0.04 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.710.960.540.43 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15171622 Getting worse

Changes In Carrickfergus's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Carrickfergus to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0840% more dangerous
Croydon82.4851% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0555% more dangerous
Bristol90.5255% more dangerous
Coventry102.2460% more dangerous
Leicester111.5964% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0667% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6469% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9473% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+48%+88%-10%-1%+18%+14%+51%+14%+24%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%-35%-50%-17%+40%--8%-33%+150%-13%
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%-
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).

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