Comber Crime Overview

Comber is the safest small town 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 2020 was 29 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Comber is the 107th safest small town, and the 4,798th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Comber had the worst crime rate in Down for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Comber residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Comber recorded 3 reports of public order during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for public order in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Comber are violence and sexual offences, with 132 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 27% higher than 2019's figure of 96 offences and a difference of 3.97 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Comber's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Comber Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Comber This Year

 ComberDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25127.6713,45840.1945% safer
Bicycle Theft10.11780.23109% safer
Burglary70.776671.99158% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson616.723,0469.1035% safer
Drugs161.761,0763.2182% safer
Other Crime70.774611.3879% safer
Other Theft212.321,2803.8265% safer
Possession of Weapons10.111860.56409% safer
Public Order70.771760.5331% more dangerous
Robbery30.33720.2233% more dangerous
Shoplifting60.667832.34255% safer
Vehicle Crime50.553871.16111% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13214.556,81320.3540% safer

Comber Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber26729.43-
Holywood40836.2419% more dangerous
Warrenpoint and Burren37542.9531% more dangerous
Banbridge1,05763.5354% more dangerous
Newcastle66586.6866% more dangerous
Downpatrick1,181109.1373% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Comber

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Comber Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28302528Safer
Bicycle Theft0.22-0.220.11Safer
Burglary2.81.82.00.77Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.23.27Getting worse
Drugs2.22.81.91.8Safer
Other Crime0.440.550.660.77Getting worse
Other Theft4.13.41.52.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.440.220.11Safer
Public Order0.330.330.880.77Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.11--0.33Getting worse
Shoplifting0.330.880.330.66Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.10.770.110.55Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12101115Getting worse

Changes In Comber's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Comber to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Comber29.43-
Barnet67.7157% more dangerous
Coventry77.4162% more dangerous
Croydon83.2265% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8166% more dangerous
Bristol86.2166% more dangerous
Leicester97.4470% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8771% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2873% more dangerous
Bradford133.0278% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+15%+229%+100%-23%-8%+13%+5%+56%+21%
Burglary+100%------75%-50%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%+25%+200%-+150%+300%-33%+250%+33%-
Drugs---33%-----50%+200%-
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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021