Newry Crime Overview

Newry is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Down, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newry in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newry is the 75th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 906th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Newry had the worst crime rate in Down for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Newry residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Newry recorded 35 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newry are violence and sexual offences, with 862 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 810 offences and a difference of 1.92 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Newry's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 29% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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

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Crime in Newry Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Newry This Year

 NewryDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,39651.7713,45840.1922% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft260.96780.2376% more dangerous
Burglary1214.496671.9956% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson43015.953,0469.1043% more dangerous
Drugs1656.121,0763.2148% more dangerous
Other Crime772.864611.3852% more dangerous
Other Theft1545.711,2803.8233% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons481.781860.5669% more dangerous
Public Order301.111760.5352% more dangerous
Robbery170.63720.2265% more dangerous
Shoplifting2027.497832.3469% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.26270.0869% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime843.113871.1663% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences86231.966,81320.3536% more dangerous

Newry Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,05136.72124% safer
Newtownards1,17541.8997% safer
Newry2,22382.43-

Crime Over Time in Newry

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Newry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53514552Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.300.440.590.96Getting worse
Burglary4.04.854.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16141316Getting worse
Drugs5656Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.42.12.9Getting worse
Other Theft8886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.781.21.01.8Getting worse
Public Order1.10.700.931.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.590.480.63Getting worse
Shoplifting131097Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.300.190.26Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.92.43.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34323032Safer

Changes In Newry's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newry to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7122% safer
Coventry77.416% safer
Newry82.43-
Croydon83.220.95% more dangerous
Sheffield85.813.9% more dangerous
Bristol86.214.4% more dangerous
Leicester97.4415% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8720% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2823% more dangerous
Bradford133.0238% more dangerous
Leeds137.1040% more dangerous

Crime in Newry During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newry change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Newry saw a 1,200% increase in vehicle crime. Newry saw a large fall in public order during September, when it fell by 80% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+120%+38%-11%+25%-10%+10%+13%+25%-9%
Bicycle Theft--50%+100%+200%+200%-+100%+300%-50%-
Burglary-75%+122%-33%-40%-27%+71%-62%-23%-47%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%+8%+25%+6%+90%+53%+67%+25%+7%+30%
Drugs+89%-56%-44%-22%+125%-17%+67%+23%+71%+56%
Other Crime-17%+25%+600%+150%+200%+150%-+125%-69%-17%
Other Theft-45%-59%-36%-56%+6%-5%+57%-18%-19%-38%
Possession of Weapons+800%-+200%+50%-25%+200%+167%-25%+67%+300%
Public Order+50%-50%+100%+200%+200%-25%-80%-+33%-
Robbery------+300%-+100%-33%
Shoplifting-64%-68%-67%-50%-21%+16%-4%-35%-10%+13%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+1,200%-29%+200%+57%+75%+60%+200%+33%+50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%+17%-6%+27%+69%-18%-3%+33%+7%-30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newry

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021