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Crime and Safety in Newry

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Newry is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Down, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newry in 2021 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newry is the 75th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 873rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Newry had the worst crime rate in Down for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Newry residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. Newry recorded 43 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.6 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newry are violence and sexual offences, with 1,041 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 862 offences and a difference of 6.64 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Newry's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 136% from 2020's figure of 26 crimes.

Newry 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Down

47% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

12% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newry is 47% higher than Northern Ireland and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newry Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Newry 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 Newry

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021872,346
2020822,223
2019782,116
2018852,297
2017892,391
2016882,369

Crime in Newry Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Newry This Year

 NewryDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,26847.0211,64034.76 26% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.41630.19 54% more dangerous
Burglary883.265021.50 54% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson40014.832,8898.63 42% more dangerous
Drugs1696.279952.97 53% more dangerous
Other Crime983.634331.29 64% more dangerous
Other Theft1595.901,1423.41 42% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons401.481460.44 70% more dangerous
Public Order180.671940.58 13% more dangerous
Robbery150.56470.14 75% more dangerous
Shoplifting2328.608502.54 70% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.41230.07 83% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime642.373120.93 61% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,04138.608,31524.83 36% more dangerous

Newry Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,20739.51120% safer
Newtownards1,51253.9061% safer
Newry2,34687.00-

Crime Over Time in Newry

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Newry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51455247 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.440.590.960.41 Safer
Burglary4.854.53.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14131615 Getting worse
Drugs6566 Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.12.93.6 Getting worse
Other Theft8866 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.01.81.5 Getting worse
Public Order0.700.931.10.67 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.590.480.630.56 Getting worse
Shoplifting10979 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.190.260.41 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.92.43.12.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32303239 Getting worse

Changes In Newry's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newry to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0830% safer
Croydon82.485% safer
Newry87.00-
Sheffield90.053.4% more dangerous
Bristol90.523.9% more dangerous
Coventry102.2415% more dangerous
Leicester111.5922% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6433% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% 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 bicycle theft.

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