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Crime and Safety in Metropolitan Newtownabbey

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey is the most dangerous major towns in Antrim, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Antrim's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Metropolitan Newtownabbey in 2021 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 56% lower than the Antrim rate of 77 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Metropolitan Newtownabbey is among the top 10 safest major town, and the 3,328th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Metropolitan Newtownabbey was the worst major town in Antrim for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Metropolitan Newtownabbey residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 43 crimes at a rate of 0.66 per 1,000 residents. Metropolitan Newtownabbey recorded 16 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst major town for drugs in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Metropolitan Newtownabbey are violence and sexual offences, with 1,623 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 1,183 offences and a difference of 6.70 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Metropolitan Newtownabbey's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 22% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Metropolitan Newtownabbey 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Antrim

7% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

55% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Metropolitan Newtownabbey is 7% higher than Northern Ireland and 55% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Metropolitan Newtownabbey Crime Rate Over Time

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Metropolitan Newtownabbey 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 Newtownabbey

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021493,240
2020412,714
2019442,858
2018412,684
2017402,642
2016402,649

Crime in Metropolitan Newtownabbey Compared To Antrim

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Summary of Crimes in Metropolitan Newtownabbey This Year

 Metropolitan NewtownabbeyAntrim 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,94329.6027,94047.03 59% safer
Bicycle Theft90.144440.75 436% safer
Burglary1452.211,9123.22 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5518.397,54012.69 51% safer
Drugs2023.083,8296.45 109% safer
Other Crime921.409691.63 16% safer
Other Theft2954.494,4227.44 66% safer
Possession of Weapons190.294910.83 186% safer
Public Order320.495610.94 92% safer
Robbery140.212750.46 119% safer
Shoplifting2003.052,4674.15 36% safer
Vehicle Crime580.881,1581.95 122% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,62324.7221,45536.12 46% safer

Crime Over Time in Metropolitan Newtownabbey

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26243530 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.120.200.170.14 Safer
Burglary2.62.51.92.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7788 Getting worse
Drugs2.83.03.13.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.841.01.4 Getting worse
Other Theft663.94.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.210.490.470.29 Safer
Public Order0.370.440.500.49 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.110.110.21 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.63.92.73.0 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.01.51.10.88 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16181825 Getting worse

Changes In Metropolitan Newtownabbey's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Metropolitan Newtownabbey to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Newtownabbey49.36-
Barnet67.0826% more dangerous
Croydon82.4840% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0545% more dangerous
Bristol90.5245% more dangerous
Coventry102.2452% more dangerous
Leicester111.5956% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0660% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6462% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9467% more dangerous

Crime in Metropolitan Newtownabbey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Metropolitan Newtownabbey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Metropolitan Newtownabbey saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Metropolitan Newtownabbey saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 85% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+14%+107%+130%+52%+32%+58%+45%+34%+56%+38%
Bicycle Theft--+50%-+100%-+100%--50%-
Burglary-80%-6%-85%+125%-33%+175%+50%-8%-59%+42%
Criminal Damage and Arson+107%-28%+36%+47%+2%+43%-13%+9%+69%+26%
Drugs-44%+13%+45%+125%-33%-52%+29%+18%+93%-13%
Other Crime+300%--50%-+75%+25%-+67%-55%-56%
Other Theft-21%-61%-47%-80%-63%-66%+28%-5%-17%+26%
Possession of Weapons+500%-33%+400%-80%-25%+50%-75%--+200%
Public Order-50%+300%+100%--+50%-33%-25%+33%+100%
Shoplifting-6%-83%-71%-62%-19%-+22%-14%-48%-74%
Vehicle Crime-77%-45%-+20%-85%+13%-+33%-25%+60%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%+14%-17%+31%-+23%-19%-24%+18%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Metropolitan Newtownabbey

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

How dangerous is Metropolitan Newtownabbey?
Metropolitan Newtownabbey is the most dangerous major town in Antrim.

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

What is the least common crime in Metropolitan Newtownabbey?
Metropolitan Newtownabbey's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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