Metropolitan Castlereagh

Crime and Safety in Metropolitan Castlereagh

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Metropolitan Castlereagh is the safest medium-sized towns in Down, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Metropolitan Castlereagh in 2021 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Metropolitan Castlereagh is among the top 10 safest medium-sized town, and the 4,802nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Metropolitan Castlereagh had the worst crime rate in Down for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Metropolitan Castlereagh residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Metropolitan Castlereagh recorded 17 reports of other theft during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst for other theft in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Metropolitan Castlereagh are violence and sexual offences, with 1,118 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 940 offences and a difference of 3.19 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Metropolitan Castlereagh's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Metropolitan Castlereagh 2022 Crime Scorecard


Medium-Sized Towns, Down

16% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

93% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Metropolitan Castlereagh is 16% lower than Northern Ireland and 93% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Metropolitan Castlereagh Crime Rate Over Time

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Metropolitan Castlereagh Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Metropolitan Castlereagh 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 Metropolitan Castlereagh

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Crime in Metropolitan Castlereagh Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Metropolitan Castlereagh This Year

 Metropolitan CastlereaghDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,27122.7511,64034.76 53% safer
Bicycle Theft90.16630.19 19% safer
Burglary621.115021.50 35% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3476.212,8898.63 39% safer
Drugs1823.269952.97 9% more dangerous
Other Crime490.884331.29 47% safer
Other Theft1843.291,1423.41 3.6% safer
Possession of Weapons150.271460.44 63% safer
Public Order230.411940.58 41% safer
Robbery30.05470.14 180% safer
Shoplifting1723.088502.54 18% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.02230.07 250% safer
Vehicle Crime420.753120.93 24% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,11820.028,31524.83 24% safer

Metropolitan Castlereagh Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,20739.51-
Newtownards1,51253.9027% more dangerous
Newry2,34687.0055% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Metropolitan Castlereagh

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Metropolitan Castlereagh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21202923 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. Getting worse
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6766 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime0.750.660.790.88 Safer
Other Theft763.43.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.390.410.27 Safer
Public Order0.290.340.360.41 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime1.21.00.810.75 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16171720 Getting 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 Castlereagh39.51-
Barnet67.0841% more dangerous
Croydon82.4852% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0556% more dangerous
Bristol90.5256% more dangerous
Coventry102.2461% more dangerous
Leicester111.5965% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6470% more dangerous
Bradford132.2870% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+65%+95%+55%+42%+28%+62%+68%+16%+65%
Bicycle Theft----50%--+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%-53%-27%+69%-+28%-19%-5%+111%-52%
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%
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).

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