Metropolitan Castlereagh Crime Overview

Metropolitan Castlereagh is the safest medium-sized town in Down, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Metropolitan Castlereagh in 2020 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Metropolitan Castlereagh is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 5,034th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Metropolitan Castlereagh had the worst crime rate in Down for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Metropolitan Castlereagh residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Metropolitan Castlereagh recorded 19 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst for drugs in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Metropolitan Castlereagh are violence and sexual offences, with 940 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 1.7% higher than 2019's figure of 924 offences and a difference of 0.29 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Metropolitan Castlereagh's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

Compare Metropolitan Castlereagh to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Metropolitan Castlereagh Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Metropolitan Castlereagh This Year

 Metropolitan CastlereaghDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,63629.2913,45840.1937% safer
Bicycle Theft110.20780.2315% safer
Burglary851.526671.9931% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3446.163,0469.1048% safer
Drugs1813.241,0763.210.93% more dangerous
Other Crime440.794611.3875% safer
Other Theft1913.421,2803.8212% safer
Possession of Weapons230.411860.5637% safer
Public Order200.361760.5347% safer
Robbery50.09720.22144% safer
Shoplifting1602.867832.3418% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.04270.08100% safer
Vehicle Crime450.813871.1643% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences94016.836,81320.3521% safer

Metropolitan Castlereagh Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,05136.72-
Newtownards1,17541.8912% more dangerous
Newry2,22382.4355% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Metropolitan Castlereagh

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Metropolitan Castlereagh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24212029Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.110.070.210.20Getting worse
Burglary3.23.43.61.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6676Safer
Drugs2.23.13.53.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.750.660.79Safer
Other Theft6763.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.380.390.41Getting worse
Public Order0.300.290.340.36Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.210.180.230.09Safer
Shoplifting3.63.03.22.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.070.070.04Safer
Vehicle Crime1.31.21.00.81Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14161717Getting worse

Changes In Metropolitan Castlereagh's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Metropolitan Castlereagh to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh36.72-
Barnet67.7146% more dangerous
Coventry77.4153% more dangerous
Croydon83.2256% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8157% more dangerous
Bristol86.2157% more dangerous
Leicester97.4462% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8764% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2866% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Metropolitan Castlereagh During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Metropolitan Castlereagh change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Metropolitan Castlereagh saw a 300% increase in public order. Metropolitan Castlereagh saw a large fall in drugs during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019. Rates of burglary and other theft both fell year-on-year for every month during Metropolitan Castlereagh's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+65%+95%+55%+42%+28%+62%+68%+16%+65%
Bicycle Theft----50%--+100%---
Burglary-68%-87%-56%-25%--25%-31%-59%-63%-74%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-53%-27%+69%-+28%-19%-5%+111%-52%
Drugs-22%-92%+37%+47%-17%-23%-55%+46%-47%+71%
Other Crime-+25%-75%-67%+150%-+100%+67%+200%+200%
Other Theft-35%-47%-71%-67%-65%-50%-19%-26%-33%+21%
Possession of Weapons---+100%-67%--50%+200%-50%-
Public Order+100%-67%+100%---50%+200%-67%-50%+300%
Robbery----80%------
Shoplifting-23%-13%-7%--30%+64%-50%-38%-25%+50%
Vehicle Crime-86%-43%+40%-+75%-+100%-43%-20%-63%
Violence and Sexual Offences-49%-22%+17%+15%+46%+62%-4%-16%+16%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Metropolitan Castlereagh

What police force serves Metropolitan Castlereagh?
Metropolitan Castlereagh's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Metropolitan Castlereagh?
Metropolitan Castlereagh is the safest medium-sized town in Down.
What is Metropolitan Castlereagh's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Metropolitan Castlereagh are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Metropolitan Castlereagh?
Metropolitan Castlereagh's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021