Crime and Safety in Larne

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Larne is the second most dangerous small towns 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 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 43% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Larne is the 382nd safest small town, and the 2,862nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Larne was the worst small town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Larne residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.64 per 1,000 residents. Larne recorded 4 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for other crime in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Larne are violence and sexual offences, with 484 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 456 offences and a difference of 1.50 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Larne's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Larne 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Antrim

15% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Larne is 15% higher than Northern Ireland and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Larne Crime Rate Over Time

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Larne Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Larne 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 Larne

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Crime in Larne Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Larne This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour72238.5027,94047.03 22% safer
Bicycle Theft20.114440.75 582% safer
Burglary170.911,9123.22 254% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22011.737,54012.69 8% safer
Drugs1035.493,8296.45 17% safer
Other Crime261.399691.63 17% safer
Other Theft633.364,4227.44 121% safer
Possession of Weapons160.854910.83 2.4% more dangerous
Public Order120.645610.94 47% safer
Robbery10.052750.46 820% safer
Shoplifting492.612,4674.15 59% safer
Theft From the Person20.111680.28 155% safer
Vehicle Crime120.641,1581.95 205% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48425.8121,45536.12 40% safer

Larne Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ballymoney40538.9338% safer
Ballyclare39239.3936% safer
Antrim1,91782.0135% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Larne

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Larne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38364338 Safer
Bicycle Theft0. Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121012 Safer
Drugs2.654.35 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft64.53.43.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.750.750.85 Getting worse
Public Order0.801.00.590.64 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting4. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.050.11-0.11 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.10.690.480.64 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21252426 Getting worse

Changes In Larne's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Larne to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-+36%+50%+30%+4%+28%+15%+14%-7%+48%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-74%-62%-26%--30%+6%+167%-5%-14%-
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%
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).

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