Lisburn City Crime Overview

Lisburn City is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Antrim, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lisburn City in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 11% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lisburn City is the 75th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,900th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Lisburn City was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Lisburn City residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 47 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Lisburn City recorded 33 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.73 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Lisburn City are violence and sexual offences, with 1,258 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 1,326 offences and a difference of 1.50 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Lisburn City's least common crime is theft from the person, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 180% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Lisburn City Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Lisburn City This Year

 Lisburn CityAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,24949.5731,27352.646% safer
Bicycle Theft250.554670.7944% safer
Burglary1182.602,1413.6038% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson48510.697,36712.4016% safer
Drugs2806.173,3985.727% more dangerous
Other Crime761.689431.595% more dangerous
Other Theft2886.354,4887.5519% safer
Possession of Weapons350.775320.9017% safer
Public Order220.485380.9190% safer
Robbery80.182840.48167% safer
Shoplifting1834.032,7534.6315% safer
Theft From the Person50.111700.29164% safer
Vehicle Crime471.041,1541.9487% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,25827.7316,77728.241.8% safer

Lisburn City Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus94433.7285% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,51248.4829% safer
Lisburn City2,83062.38-
Ballymena2,49784.5026% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lisburn City

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Lisburn City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39384050Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.400.640.55Getting worse
Burglary3.84.04.42.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9101211Getting worse
Drugs7666Safer
Other Crime2.01.61.81.7Safer
Other Theft79106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.680.680.77Getting worse
Public Order0.820.640.680.48Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.310.240.18Safer
Shoplifting4.64.554.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.200.310.11Safer
Vehicle Crime2.21.51.51.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22292928Getting worse

Changes In Lisburn City's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Lisburn City to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lisburn City62.38-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Lisburn City During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lisburn City change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Lisburn City saw a 600% increase in vehicle crime. Lisburn City saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Lisburn City's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+37%+48%+44%+32%+30%+13%+33%+41%+14%
Bicycle Theft-50%---50%+100%+100%-50%---
Burglary-31%-47%-39%-67%-83%+30%-63%-53%-6%-41%
Criminal Damage and Arson--52%-50%-14%+9%-20%--2%+7%+24%
Drugs-55%-20%+41%+95%+14%-28%-42%-48%-15%+43%
Other Crime--44%+100%-+14%+140%+17%-40%-57%-14%
Other Theft-63%-45%-56%-59%-26%-28%+19%+32%-25%+17%
Possession of Weapons+300%--50%+100%-50%-33%-25%+50%--
Public Order------33%--67%--
Robbery--------50%--50%
Shoplifting-29%-71%-36%-65%-25%-6%+20%+53%-45%-38%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-60%--75%-70%-44%-63%+150%-25%+67%+600%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-5%+9%+6%+8%-10%-26%-30%+2%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lisburn City

What police force serves Lisburn City?
Lisburn City's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Lisburn City?
Lisburn City is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Antrim.
What is Lisburn City's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Lisburn City are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Lisburn City?
Lisburn City's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021