Metropolitan Newtownabbey Crime Overview

Metropolitan Newtownabbey is the most dangerous major town 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 2020 was 41 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Antrim's overall crime rate, coming in 67% lower than the Antrim rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Metropolitan Newtownabbey is among the top 10 safest major towns, and the 4,175th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Metropolitan Newtownabbey was the worst major town in Antrim for burglary, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Metropolitan Newtownabbey residents, when it was Antrim's most dangerous major town for criminal damage and arson, recording 39 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Metropolitan Newtownabbey recorded 14 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst major town for drugs in Antrim that month.

The most common crimes in Metropolitan Newtownabbey are violence and sexual offences, with 1,183 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 0.76% higher than 2019's figure of 1,174 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Metropolitan Newtownabbey's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020.

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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 Behaviour2,29434.9531,27352.6451% safer
Bicycle Theft110.174670.79365% safer
Burglary1221.862,1413.6094% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5528.417,36712.4047% safer
Drugs2053.123,3985.7283% safer
Other Crime661.019431.5957% safer
Other Theft2543.874,4887.5595% safer
Possession of Weapons310.475320.9091% safer
Public Order330.505380.9182% safer
Robbery70.112840.48336% safer
Shoplifting1762.682,7534.6373% safer
Theft From the Person20.031700.29867% safer
Vehicle Crime721.101,1541.9476% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,18318.0216,77728.2457% safer

Crime Over Time in Metropolitan Newtownabbey

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33262435Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.120.200.17Getting worse
Burglary2.92.62.51.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7778Getting worse
Drugs2.82.83.03.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.20.841.0Safer
Other Theft6663.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.210.490.47Getting worse
Public Order0.550.370.440.50Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.170.110.11Safer
Shoplifting4.13.63.92.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.020.02-0.03Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.51.01.51.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13161818Getting worse

Changes In Metropolitan Newtownabbey's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Metropolitan Newtownabbey to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Newtownabbey41.34-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4147% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4458% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021