Crime and Safety in Comber

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Comber is the safest small towns in Down, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Comber in 2021 was 31 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 51% lower than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Comber is the 118th safest small town, and the 4,858th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Comber had the worst crime rate in Down for public order, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Comber residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Comber recorded 1 report of theft from the person during June 2015, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst for theft from the person in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Comber are violence and sexual offences, with 157 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 132 offences and a difference of 2.76 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Comber's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Comber 2022 Crime Scorecard


Small Towns, Down

46% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

143% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Comber is 46% lower than Northern Ireland and 143% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Comber Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Comber 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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Crime in Comber Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Comber This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20923.0411,64034.76 51% safer
Burglary141.545021.50 2.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson556.062,8898.63 42% safer
Drugs141.549952.97 93% safer
Other Crime90.994331.29 30% safer
Other Theft212.321,1423.41 47% safer
Possession of Weapons20.221460.44 100% safer
Public Order30.331940.58 76% safer
Shoplifting30.338502.54 670% safer
Vehicle Crime70.773120.93 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15717.318,31524.83 43% safer

Comber Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holywood36132.072.0% more dangerous
Warrenpoint and Burren30735.1611% more dangerous
Banbridge1,13768.3454% more dangerous
Newcastle55972.8657% more dangerous
Downpatrick1,02294.4467% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Comber

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Comber Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30252823 Safer
Burglary1.82.00.771.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.23.276 Getting worse
Drugs2. Safer
Other Crime0.550.660.770.99 Getting worse
Other Theft3. Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.220.110.22 Safer
Public Order0.330.880.770.33 Safer
Shoplifting0.880.330.660.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.770.110.550.77 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences10111517 Getting worse

Changes In Comber's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Comber to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0853% more dangerous
Croydon82.4862% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0565% more dangerous
Bristol90.5265% more dangerous
Coventry102.2469% more dangerous
Leicester111.5972% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0674% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6476% more dangerous
Bradford132.2876% more dangerous
Leeds150.9479% more dangerous

Crime in Comber During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Comber change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Comber saw a 300% increase in criminal damage and arson. Comber saw a large fall in burglary during September, when it fell by 75% compared to September in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+15%+229%+100%-23%-8%+13%+5%+56%+21%
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%+25%+200%-+150%+300%-33%+250%+33%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft----+100%+100%--+300%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+100%+133%+7%+233%+240%-13%+150%-20%-43%+20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Comber

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

How dangerous is Comber?
Comber is the safest small town in Down.

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

What is the least common crime in Comber?
Comber's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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