Bangor Crime Overview

Bangor is the most dangerous major town in Down, and is the 24th safest overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bangor in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bangor is among the top 10 safest major towns, and the 5,438th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, 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. August 2020 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 14 reports of drugs during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst for drugs in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Bangor are violence and sexual offences, with 930 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 1,012 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Bangor's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 133% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Bangor Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Bangor This Year

 BangorDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,42139.6813,45840.191.3% safer
Bicycle Theft50.08780.23188% safer
Burglary671.106671.9981% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4427.243,0469.1026% safer
Drugs1021.671,0763.2192% safer
Other Crime360.594611.38134% safer
Other Theft1682.751,2803.8239% safer
Possession of Weapons170.281860.56100% safer
Public Order160.261760.53104% safer
Robbery120.20720.2210% safer
Shoplifting1252.057832.3414% safer
Theft From the Person30.05270.0860% safer
Vehicle Crime450.743871.1657% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences93015.246,81320.3534% safer

Crime Over Time in Bangor

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Bangor Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36322840Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.280.280.08Safer
Burglary2.32.22.01.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9777Safer
Drugs2.22.42.51.7Safer
Other Crime0.800.790.970.59Safer
Other Theft5662.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.430.280.28Safer
Public Order0.340.440.460.26Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.210.130.20Getting worse
Shoplifting2.93.32.72.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.100.110.05Safer
Vehicle Crime0.971.10.700.74Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16161715Safer

Changes In Bangor's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bangor to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bangor32.26-
Barnet67.7152% more dangerous
Coventry77.4158% more dangerous
Croydon83.2261% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8162% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+69%+142%+90%+64%+28%+28%+35%+22%-13%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%----
Burglary---11%+33%-63%-17%-54%-27%-71%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%-44%+34%+15%-2%+18%-3%+44%-29%-21%
Drugs-17%-70%-56%-72%-31%--47%--33%-58%
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%-
Robbery-67%-+200%-------
Shoplifting-57%-83%-50%+8%+180%+50%+133%-80%-25%-27%
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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021