Larne Crime Overview

Larne is the second most dangerous small town in Antrim, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Larne in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Larne is the 393rd safest small town, and the 3,120th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Larne was the worst small town in Antrim for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Larne residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Larne recorded 9 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.48 the worst small town for drugs in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Larne are violence and sexual offences, with 456 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 2.0% lower than 2019's figure of 465 offences and a difference of 0.48 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Larne's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Larne Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Larne This Year

 LarneAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour81443.4031,27352.6421% safer
Bicycle Theft40.214670.79276% safer
Burglary351.872,1413.6093% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1829.707,36712.4028% safer
Drugs814.323,3985.7232% safer
Other Crime251.339431.5920% safer
Other Theft633.364,4887.55125% safer
Possession of Weapons140.755320.9020% safer
Public Order110.595380.9154% safer
Robbery10.052840.48860% safer
Shoplifting462.452,7534.6389% safer
Vehicle Crime90.481,1541.94304% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45624.3116,77728.2416% safer

Larne Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballyclare33433.5647% safer
Ballymoney44042.3017% safer
Larne92749.43-
Antrim1,64970.5530% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Larne

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Larne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43383643Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.210.270.210.21Safer
Burglary2.92.11.61.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14101210Safer
Drugs3.32.654.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.961.31.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft664.53.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.370.750.75Getting worse
Public Order0.910.801.00.59Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.050.110.05Safer
Shoplifting4.74.03.52.4Safer
Vehicle Crime1.61.10.690.48Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21212524Getting worse

Changes In Larne's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Larne to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Larne49.43-
Barnet67.7127% more dangerous
Coventry77.4136% more dangerous
Croydon83.2241% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8142% more dangerous
Bristol86.2143% more dangerous
Leicester97.4449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8752% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2854% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in Larne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+36%+50%+30%+4%+28%+15%+14%-7%+48%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Burglary+100%-50%+100%-17%+500%-50%---50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-74%-62%-26%--30%+6%+167%-5%-14%-
Drugs-20%-29%-67%-+267%-83%+29%-40%-54%-47%
Other Crime--80%+500%+50%-+200%---40%-
Other Theft--83%+25%-43%+50%-77%--43%-57%+14%
Possession of Weapons--+200%---+100%--67%-
Public Order--50%-------+100%
Shoplifting+40%-88%--50%-25%+150%-33%-44%-43%-38%
Vehicle Crime----67%-----33%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+70%-58%-22%+2%+5%-37%-40%-41%+32%+61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Larne

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021