Downpatrick Crime Overview

Downpatrick is the most dangerous small town in Down, and is the most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Downpatrick in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 59% higher than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Downpatrick is the 38th most dangerous small town, and the 368th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Downpatrick had the worst crime rate in Down for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Downpatrick residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Downpatrick recorded 47 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2020, making its crime rate of 4.3 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Downpatrick are violence and sexual offences, with 448 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 530 offences and a difference of 7.57 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Downpatrick's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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See how Downpatrick shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Downpatrick and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Downpatrick Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Downpatrick This Year

 DownpatrickDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour87280.5813,45840.1950% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.46780.2350% more dangerous
Burglary444.076671.9951% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35532.803,0469.1072% more dangerous
Drugs878.041,0763.2160% more dangerous
Other Crime423.884611.3864% more dangerous
Other Theft706.471,2803.8241% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons191.761860.5668% more dangerous
Public Order232.131760.5375% more dangerous
Robbery30.28720.2221% more dangerous
Shoplifting565.177832.3455% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.28270.0871% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime262.403871.1652% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences44841.406,81320.3551% more dangerous

Downpatrick Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber26729.43271% safer
Holywood40836.24201% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren37542.95154% safer
Banbridge1,05763.5372% safer
Newcastle66586.6826% safer
Downpatrick1,181109.13-

Crime Over Time in Downpatrick

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Downpatrick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour73677381Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.280.09-0.46Getting worse
Burglary4.32.93.34.1Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson30262433Getting worse
Drugs7758Getting worse
Other Crime3.71.91.83.9Getting worse
Other Theft11896Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.21.81.8Getting worse
Public Order1.50.740.922.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.550.370.280.28Safer
Shoplifting3.43.44.95Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.09-0.090.28Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.01.82.42.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences37324941Getting worse

Changes In Downpatrick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Downpatrick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4141% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2127% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.7% safer
Downpatrick109.13-
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1020% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-17%+19%-11%+27%+14%+57%-11%-16%+49%
Burglary-+100%-40%+33%--+500%+67%-60%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+39%-25%+22%-+143%+17%+52%-5%-7%+16%
Drugs+133%+50%+367%-33%+150%-44%+50%+83%+67%+14%
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%---
Shoplifting-14%-60%+133%-86%-67%+150%-+300%+50%-71%
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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021