Coleraine Crime Overview

Coleraine is the second safest small town 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 2020 was 58 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 13% lower than the Londonderry rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Coleraine is the 348th most dangerous small town, and the 2,281st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Coleraine had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Coleraine residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for public order, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.16 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 730 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 0.27% higher than 2019's figure of 728 offences and a difference of 0.08 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Coleraine's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Coleraine Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Coleraine This Year

 ColeraineLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,14646.528,02046.490.06% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.57620.3637% more dangerous
Burglary431.753972.3031% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson26010.552,10912.2216% safer
Drugs1024.149385.4431% safer
Other Crime371.503141.8221% safer
Other Theft1194.839365.4312% safer
Possession of Weapons130.531040.6013% safer
Public Order200.811410.821.2% safer
Robbery40.16770.45181% safer
Shoplifting602.444342.523.3% safer
Theft From the Person10.04130.08100% safer
Vehicle Crime200.812271.3263% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences73029.635,47931.767% safer

Coleraine Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Magherafelt47353.728% safer
Coleraine1,42357.77-
Portstewart50462.988% more dangerous
Limavady85270.8118% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Coleraine

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Coleraine Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52474647Safer
Bicycle Theft0.370.530.200.57Getting worse
Burglary3.12.92.71.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141411Safer
Drugs3.63.94.34.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.42.01.81.5Safer
Other Theft7874.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.451.00.690.53Safer
Public Order0.610.610.690.81Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.080.200.16Safer
Shoplifting663.82.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.040.120.04Safer
Vehicle Crime1.10.891.10.81Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27273030Getting worse

Changes In Coleraine's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Coleraine to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coleraine57.77-
Barnet67.7115% more dangerous
Coventry77.4125% more dangerous
Croydon83.2231% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8133% more dangerous
Bristol86.2133% more dangerous
Leicester97.4441% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8744% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2846% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1058% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-26%+23%+22%-17%-10%-10%-3%+42%+61%+33%
Bicycle Theft--+300%-------
Burglary-57%-50%--57%-44%-78%-+300%-67%-88%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-77%-55%+73%-43%-19%-22%-7%-8%-23%
Drugs-36%-64%+25%-33%+43%+117%+275%-27%+33%+13%
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%
Shoplifting-56%-50%-78%---56%+167%---
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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021