Lisburn City

Crime and Safety in Lisburn City

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Lisburn City is the second most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 18% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lisburn City is the 73rd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,819th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Lisburn City was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Lisburn City residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Lisburn City recorded 30 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Lisburn City are violence and sexual offences, with 1,484 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 1,258 offences and a difference of 4.98 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Lisburn City's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Lisburn City 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Antrim

30% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

17% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lisburn City is 30% higher than Northern Ireland and 17% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lisburn City Crime Rate Over Time

Lisburn City
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Lisburn City Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lisburn City 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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Summary of Crimes in Lisburn City This Year

 Lisburn CityAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,96743.3527,94047.03 8% safer
Bicycle Theft150.334440.75 127% safer
Burglary982.161,9123.22 49% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson46210.187,54012.69 25% safer
Drugs3778.313,8296.45 22% more dangerous
Other Crime731.619691.63 1.2% safer
Other Theft1964.324,4227.44 72% safer
Possession of Weapons220.484910.83 73% safer
Public Order320.715610.94 32% safer
Robbery40.092750.46 411% safer
Shoplifting1613.552,4674.15 17% safer
Theft From the Person60.131680.28 115% safer
Vehicle Crime400.881,1581.95 122% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,48432.7121,45536.12 10% safer

Lisburn City Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus1,13340.4762% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,66053.2323% safer
Lisburn City2,97065.46-
Ballymena2,55486.4324% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lisburn City

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Lisburn City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour38405043 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.640.550.33 Safer
Burglary4. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121110 Safer
Drugs6668 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft91064.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.680.770.48 Safer
Public Order0.640.680.480.71 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.240.180.09 Safer
Shoplifting4.554.03.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.310.110.13 Safer
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29292833 Getting 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 City65.46-
Barnet67.082.4% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0527% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Coventry102.2436% more dangerous
Leicester111.5941% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+37%+48%+44%+32%+30%+13%+33%+41%+14%
Bicycle Theft-50%---50%+100%+100%-50%---
Criminal Damage and Arson--52%-50%-14%+9%-20%--2%+7%+24%
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%--
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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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