Crime and Safety in Bangor, Down

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Bangor is the most dangerous major towns in Down, and is the 24th safest overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bangor in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bangor is among the top 5 safest major town, and the 5,133rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Bangor had the worst crime rate in Down for criminal damage and arson, with 49 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.80 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bangor residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Bangor recorded 8 reports of burglary during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for burglary in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Bangor are violence and sexual offences, with 1,261 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 26% higher than 2020's figure of 930 offences and a difference of 5.43 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Bangor's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Bangor 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Down

22% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

103% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bangor is 22% lower than Northern Ireland and 103% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bangor Crime Rate Over Time

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England, Wales & NI

Bangor Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bangor 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 Bangor This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,14635.1711,64034.76 1.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.23630.19 17% more dangerous
Burglary631.035021.50 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4256.972,8898.63 24% safer
Drugs881.449952.97 106% safer
Other Crime500.824331.29 57% safer
Other Theft1612.641,1423.41 29% safer
Possession of Weapons100.161460.44 175% safer
Public Order240.391940.58 49% safer
Robbery20.03470.14 367% safer
Shoplifting1612.648502.54 3.8% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime350.573120.93 63% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,26120.678,31524.83 20% safer

Crime Over Time in Bangor

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Bangor Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour32284035 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7777 Safer
Drugs2. Safer
Other Crime0.790.970.590.82 Safer
Other Theft662.82.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.280.280.16 Safer
Public Order0.440.460.260.39 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Vehicle Crime1.10.700.740.57 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16171521 Getting worse

Changes In Bangor's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bangor to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0844% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2872% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Bangor During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bangor change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Bangor saw a 300% increase in vehicle crime. Bangor saw a large fall in other crime during September, when it fell by 88% compared to September in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+69%+142%+90%+64%+28%+28%+35%+22%-13%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%----
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%-44%+34%+15%-2%+18%-3%+44%-29%-21%
Other Crime-29%-67%-83%-40%+150%--88%+133%+67%-25%
Other Theft-46%-79%-74%-69%-67%-63%-30%-55%-16%-61%
Possession of Weapons+100%-50%-+100%-50%---+100%+100%
Public Order--75%--75%---25%--50%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--60%+250%-33%-50%+300%-50%+200%+50%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-27%-12%-24%-13%+4%-7%+5%-36%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bangor

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

How dangerous is Bangor?
Bangor is the most dangerous major town in Down.

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

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

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