Crime and Safety in Coleraine

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Coleraine is the second safest small towns in Londonderry, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Coleraine in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Londonderry rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Coleraine is the 387th most dangerous small town, and the 2,372nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Coleraine had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for public order, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Coleraine residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Coleraine recorded 1 report of theft from the person during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst for theft from the person in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Coleraine are violence and sexual offences, with 779 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 730 offences and a difference of 1.99 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Coleraine's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Coleraine 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Londonderry

22% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

31% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Coleraine is 22% higher than Northern Ireland and 31% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Coleraine Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Coleraine 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 Coleraine

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Crime in Coleraine Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Coleraine This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour97939.746,72939.00 1.9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.20490.28 40% safer
Burglary441.793091.790% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson24910.112,18712.68 25% safer
Drugs853.451,0836.28 82% safer
Other Crime331.343081.79 34% safer
Other Theft1034.188875.14 23% safer
Possession of Weapons130.531340.78 47% safer
Public Order120.491370.79 61% safer
Robbery30.12560.32 167% safer
Shoplifting893.614372.53 30% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.12230.13 8% safer
Vehicle Crime240.972211.28 32% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77931.626,35236.82 16% safer

Coleraine Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portstewart35043.7334% safer
Magherafelt55563.037% more dangerous
Limavady92777.0424% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Coleraine

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Coleraine Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour47464740 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.530.200.570.20 Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141110 Safer
Drugs3. Safer
Other Crime2. Safer
Other Theft874.84.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.00.690.530.53 Safer
Public Order0.610.690.810.49 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting63.82.43.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime0.891.10.810.97 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27303032 Getting worse

Changes In Coleraine's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Coleraine to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0813% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2443% more dangerous
Leicester111.5948% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Coleraine During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Coleraine change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Coleraine saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Coleraine saw a large fall in vehicle crime during October, when it fell by 90% compared to October in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Coleraine's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+23%+22%-17%-10%-10%-3%+42%+61%+33%
Bicycle Theft--+300%-------
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-77%-55%+73%-43%-19%-22%-7%-8%-23%
Other Crime-+100%-40%-17%-50%-25%-50%-50%-67%+33%
Other Theft+7%-10%-60%-67%-41%-31%+25%-50%+10%+44%
Possession of Weapons--+200%--67%+100%----75%
Public Order--+100%+300%----50%-50%+300%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+100%+100%----+100%-90%-60%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-+69%-27%-20%-22%+55%-38%+45%+34%+34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Coleraine

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

How dangerous is Coleraine?
Coleraine is the second safest small town in Londonderry.

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

What is the least common crime in Coleraine?
Coleraine's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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