Crime and Safety in Downpatrick

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Downpatrick is the most dangerous small towns in Down, and is the most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Downpatrick in 2021 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 50% higher than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Downpatrick is the 103rd most dangerous small town, and the 696th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Downpatrick had the worst crime rate in Down for criminal damage and arson, with 37 crimes reported and a crime rate of 3.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Downpatrick residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Downpatrick recorded 1 report of theft from the person during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for theft from the person in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Downpatrick are violence and sexual offences, with 460 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 2.6% higher than 2020's figure of 448 offences and a difference of 1.11 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Downpatrick's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Downpatrick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Down

51% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

19% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Downpatrick is 51% higher than Northern Ireland and 19% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Downpatrick Crime Rate Over Time

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Downpatrick Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Downpatrick 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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Historical Crime Rates for Downpatrick

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Crime in Downpatrick Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Downpatrick This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour72667.0911,64034.76 48% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.37630.19 49% more dangerous
Burglary343.145021.50 52% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson29427.172,8898.63 68% more dangerous
Drugs726.659952.97 55% more dangerous
Other Crime292.684331.29 52% more dangerous
Other Theft666.101,1423.41 44% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.831460.44 47% more dangerous
Public Order151.391940.58 58% more dangerous
Robbery30.28470.14 50% more dangerous
Shoplifting252.318502.54 10% safer
Theft From the Person20.18230.07 61% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime90.833120.93 12% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46042.518,31524.83 42% more dangerous

Downpatrick Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber28531.42201% safer
Holywood36132.07194% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren30735.16169% safer
Banbridge1,13768.3438% safer
Newcastle55972.8630% safer

Crime Over Time in Downpatrick

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Downpatrick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour67738167 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.09-0.460.37 Getting worse
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson26243327 Getting worse
Drugs7587 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft8966 Safer
Possession of Weapons1. Safer
Public Order0.740.922.11.4 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.280.280.28 Safer
Shoplifting3.44.952.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)- Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32494143 Getting worse

Changes In Downpatrick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Downpatrick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0841% safer
Croydon82.4815% safer
Sheffield90.054.9% safer
Bristol90.524.3% safer
Coventry102.248% more dangerous
Leicester111.5915% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0623% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6427% more dangerous
Bradford132.2829% more dangerous
Leeds150.9437% more dangerous

Crime in Downpatrick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Downpatrick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Downpatrick saw a 500% increase in burglary. Downpatrick saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-17%+19%-11%+27%+14%+57%-11%-16%+49%
Criminal Damage and Arson+39%-25%+22%-+143%+17%+52%-5%-7%+16%
Other Crime+100%+100%-67%+67%-+150%+200%+500%+50%+300%
Other Theft-17%--71%-38%-10%-58%-43%---50%
Possession of Weapons-50%---+100%---67%-33%-60%
Public Order+50%-50%--+200%--67%---
Vehicle Crime+50%-33%+100%-+50%-67%+100%---
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-23%+33%-49%-7%-22%-27%+10%-60%-44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Downpatrick

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

How dangerous is Downpatrick?
Downpatrick is the most dangerous small town in Down.

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

What is the least common crime in Downpatrick?
Downpatrick's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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