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Crime and Safety in Metropolitan Lisburn

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Metropolitan Lisburn is the second safest medium-sized 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 Metropolitan Lisburn in 2021 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 45% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Metropolitan Lisburn is the 37th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,907th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Metropolitan Lisburn was the worst medium-sized town in Antrim for criminal damage and arson, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.99 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Metropolitan Lisburn residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous medium-sized town for other theft, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 0.77 per 1,000 residents. Metropolitan Lisburn recorded 8 reports of other crime during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Metropolitan Lisburn are violence and sexual offences, with 816 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 663 offences and a difference of 4.91 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Metropolitan Lisburn's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Metropolitan Lisburn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Antrim

14% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

44% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Metropolitan Lisburn is 14% higher than Northern Ireland and 44% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Metropolitan Lisburn Crime Rate Over Time

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Metropolitan Lisburn Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Metropolitan Lisburn 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 Metropolitan Lisburn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021531,660
2020481,512
2019501,555
2018491,518
2017501,544
2016531,651

Crime in Metropolitan Lisburn Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Metropolitan Lisburn This Year

 Metropolitan LisburnAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,20938.7727,94047.03 21% safer
Bicycle Theft80.264440.75 188% safer
Burglary642.051,9123.22 57% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3109.947,54012.69 28% safer
Drugs1073.433,8296.45 88% safer
Other Crime441.419691.63 16% safer
Other Theft1896.064,4227.44 23% safer
Possession of Weapons230.744910.83 12% safer
Public Order321.035610.94 9% more dangerous
Robbery40.132750.46 254% safer
Shoplifting90.292,4674.15 1331% safer
Theft From the Person60.191680.28 47% safer
Vehicle Crime481.541,1581.95 27% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences81626.1721,45536.12 38% safer

Metropolitan Lisburn Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Carrickfergus1,13340.4732% safer
Metropolitan Lisburn1,66053.23-
Lisburn City2,97065.4619% more dangerous
Ballymena2,55486.4338% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Metropolitan Lisburn

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Metropolitan Lisburn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30293939 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.420.290.260.26 Safer
Burglary3.23.62.12.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109910 Safer
Drugs2.73.03.83.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.21.71.4 Getting worse
Other Theft8876 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.380.610.74 Getting worse
Public Order0.710.870.961.0 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.220.260.13 Safer
Shoplifting0.420.450.420.29 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.060.060.19 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.01.71.71.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19202126 Getting worse

Changes In Metropolitan Lisburn's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Metropolitan Lisburn to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Lisburn53.23-
Barnet67.0821% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0541% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2448% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Metropolitan Lisburn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Metropolitan Lisburn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Metropolitan Lisburn saw a 350% increase in other crime. Metropolitan Lisburn saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 75% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+71%+60%+72%+33%+28%+27%+38%+39%+64%
Bicycle Theft------50%----
Burglary-38%-+50%-75%--43%-60%-36%-58%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-12%+5%-+14%-19%-15%-25%-15%+45%+45%
Drugs-44%+20%-+100%-11%-31%--44%+150%+83%
Other Crime+350%--50%-25%--33%-57%-33%+200%+100%
Other Theft-8%-50%-54%+27%-27%+33%+100%-30%+11%-29%
Possession of Weapons--75%--+100%-+100%---
Public Order-50%-33%-40%---67%-67%+100%-50%-
Robbery-----+200%---50%-
Shoplifting--67%----50%+100%---
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+150%+200%-33%--20%-60%-44%-25%-71%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-2%+17%-17%+27%+65%+5%-22%-5%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Metropolitan Lisburn

What police force serves Metropolitan Lisburn?
Metropolitan Lisburn's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

How dangerous is Metropolitan Lisburn?
Metropolitan Lisburn is the second safest medium-sized town in Antrim.

What is Metropolitan Lisburn's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Metropolitan Lisburn are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Metropolitan Lisburn?
Metropolitan Lisburn's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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