Crime and Safety in Newtownards

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Newtownards is the second most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 Newtownards in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 12% higher than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newtownards is the 42nd safest medium-sized town, and the 2,838th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Newtownards had the worst crime rate in Down for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Newtownards residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for public order, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Newtownards recorded 4 reports of robbery during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst for robbery in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newtownards are violence and sexual offences, with 897 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 34% higher than 2020's figure of 589 offences and a difference of 10.98 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Newtownards's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 400% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Newtownards 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Down

15% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newtownards is 15% higher than Northern Ireland and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newtownards Crime Rate Over Time

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Newtownards Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Newtownards 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 Newtownards

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Crime in Newtownards Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Newtownards This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,10139.2511,64034.76 11% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.18630.19 6% safer
Burglary260.935021.50 61% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2729.702,8898.63 11% more dangerous
Drugs682.429952.97 23% safer
Other Crime301.074331.29 21% safer
Other Theft993.531,1423.41 3.4% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.321460.44 38% safer
Public Order220.781940.58 26% more dangerous
Robbery60.21470.14 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting481.718502.54 49% safer
Theft From the Person10.04230.07 75% safer
Vehicle Crime291.033120.93 10% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences89731.988,31524.83 22% more dangerous

Newtownards Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,20739.5136% safer
Newry2,34687.0038% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newtownards

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Newtownards Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour37354939 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.320.320.040.18 Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10101010 Safer
Drugs2. Safer
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft652.73.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.360.320.32 Safer
Public Order0.930.860.290.78 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting4. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime1.11.30.931.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22212132 Getting worse

Changes In Newtownards's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newtownards to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Newtownards During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newtownards change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Newtownards saw a 200% increase in vehicle crime. Newtownards saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 92% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+102%+103%+24%+57%+26%+38%+53%+13%+52%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+125%-41%-18%-4%+25%+24%-22%-21%-10%
Other Crime-40%+25%+67%---+100%+100%+150%+150%
Other Theft-44%-79%-68%-64%-30%-50%+14%-17%-43%+17%
Possession of Weapons----50%------50%
Public Order---50%---50%----50%
Vehicle Crime-67%-57%---67%-33%---75%+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%-46%--39%+21%+18%-4%-21%+43%+83%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newtownards

What police force serves Newtownards?
Newtownards's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

How dangerous is Newtownards?
Newtownards is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Down.

What is Newtownards's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newtownards are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Newtownards?
Newtownards's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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