Crime and Safety in Banbridge

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Banbridge is the third most dangerous small towns in Down, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Banbridge in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Banbridge is the 265th most dangerous small town, and the 1,642nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Banbridge had the worst crime rate in Down for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Banbridge residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Banbridge recorded 4 reports of public order during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for public order in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Banbridge are violence and sexual offences, with 595 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 494 offences and a difference of 6.07 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Banbridge's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Banbridge 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Down

33% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

12% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Banbridge is 33% higher than Northern Ireland and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Banbridge Crime Rate Over Time

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Banbridge Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Banbridge 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 Banbridge This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour79647.8511,64034.76 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.18630.19 6% safer
Burglary241.445021.50 4.2% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19111.482,8898.63 25% more dangerous
Drugs643.859952.97 23% more dangerous
Other Crime422.524331.29 49% more dangerous
Other Theft915.471,1423.41 38% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.661460.44 33% more dangerous
Public Order130.781940.58 26% more dangerous
Robbery30.18470.14 22% more dangerous
Shoplifting895.358502.54 53% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime110.663120.93 41% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59535.768,31524.83 31% more dangerous

Banbridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber28531.42118% safer
Holywood36132.07113% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren30735.1694% safer
Newcastle55972.866% more dangerous
Downpatrick1,02294.4428% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Banbridge

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Banbridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour47425348 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.12-0.240.18 Getting worse
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131111 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime2. Getting worse
Other Theft8875 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.960.660.66 Safer
Public Order0.480.840.840.78 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.300.180.420.18 Safer
Shoplifting74.94.65 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.40.721.00.66 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27313036 Getting worse

Changes In Banbridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Banbridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.081.9% safer
Croydon82.4817% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0524% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Coventry102.2433% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0644% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6447% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Banbridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Banbridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Banbridge saw a 1,000% increase in drugs. Banbridge saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 87% compared to November in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-21%+84%+80%+35%+5%+35%+44%+60%+32%+4%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-45%-33%+50%-26%-53%+10%-40%-26%+29%
Other Crime-25%-50%---+50%-50%+400%+50%-75%
Other Theft+25%-23%-69%+160%+38%+175%+29%-29%-70%-57%
Possession of Weapons-+200%------83%--
Public Order----------
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-50%-+100%+67%------
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%+39%-33%+12%+26%-28%--4%-5%-7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Banbridge

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

How dangerous is Banbridge?
Banbridge is the third most dangerous small town in Down.

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

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

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