Newtownards Crime Overview

Newtownards is the second most dangerous 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 Newtownards in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newtownards is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,094th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Newtownards had the worst crime rate in Down for other crime, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Newtownards residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.46 per 1,000 residents. Newtownards recorded 1 report of theft from the person during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst for theft from the person in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Newtownards are violence and sexual offences, with 589 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 1.0% higher than 2019's figure of 583 offences and a difference of 0.22 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Newtownards's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 800% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Newtownards Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Newtownards This Year

 NewtownardsDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,36748.7313,45840.1918% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.04780.23475% safer
Burglary331.186671.9969% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2719.663,0469.106% more dangerous
Drugs702.501,0763.2128% safer
Other Crime411.464611.385% more dangerous
Other Theft762.711,2803.8241% safer
Possession of Weapons90.321860.5675% safer
Public Order80.291760.5383% safer
Robbery30.11720.22100% safer
Shoplifting431.537832.3453% safer
Theft From the Person50.18270.0856% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime260.933871.1625% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58921.006,81320.353.1% more dangerous

Newtownards Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Metropolitan Castlereagh2,05136.7214% safer
Newtownards1,17541.89-
Newry2,22382.4349% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newtownards

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Newtownards Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38373549Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.320.320.04Safer
Burglary2.32.92.51.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12101010Safer
Drugs3.32.62.92.5Safer
Other Crime1.21.41.31.5Getting worse
Other Theft7652.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.360.360.32Safer
Public Order1.00.930.860.29Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.820.290.070.11Safer
Shoplifting4.34.93.81.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.070.140.18Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.41.11.30.93Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222121Safer

Changes In Newtownards's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newtownards to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newtownards41.89-
Barnet67.7138% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8151% more dangerous
Bristol86.2151% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8759% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+102%+103%+24%+57%+26%+38%+53%+13%+52%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Burglary-64%-57%-80%-50%-83%-57%-86%-+67%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+125%-41%-18%-4%+25%+24%-22%-21%-10%
Drugs+17%-25%-63%-89%---+60%+86%-17%
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%
Shoplifting-75%-71%-90%-92%-82%-67%-83%-70%-33%-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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021