Derry City

Crime and Safety in Derry City

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Derry City is the most dangerous major towns in Londonderry, and is the most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Derry City in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Londonderry rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Derry City is the 54th most dangerous major town, and the 815th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Derry City had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Derry City residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Derry City recorded 97 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Derry City are violence and sexual offences, with 3,772 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 3,159 offences and a difference of 7.37 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Derry City's least common crime is theft from the person, with 18 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 44% from 2020's figure of 10 crimes.

Derry City 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Londonderry

49% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Derry City is 49% higher than Northern Ireland and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Derry City Crime Rate Over Time

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Derry City Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Derry City 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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Summary of Crimes in Derry City This Year

 Derry CityLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,52042.336,72939.00 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft350.42490.28 33% more dangerous
Burglary1692.033091.79 12% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,33616.062,18712.68 21% more dangerous
Drugs7118.551,0836.28 27% more dangerous
Other Crime1902.283081.79 21% more dangerous
Other Theft5446.548875.14 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons901.081340.78 28% more dangerous
Public Order1041.251370.79 37% more dangerous
Robbery450.54560.32 41% more dangerous
Shoplifting2733.284372.53 23% more dangerous
Theft From the Person180.22230.13 41% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1461.762211.28 27% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,77245.366,35236.82 19% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Derry City

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Derry City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour43425342 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.230.290.360.42 Getting worse
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14161516 Getting worse
Drugs6679 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft6677 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.670.900.841.1 Getting worse
Public Order0.691.11.11.2 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.580.770.54 Getting worse
Shoplifting4. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.140.300.120.22 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31373845 Getting worse

Changes In Derry City's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Derry City to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0833% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Derry City89.38-
Sheffield90.050.74% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.3% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Derry City During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Derry City change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Derry City saw a 600% increase in robbery. Derry City saw a large fall in public order during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+18%+48%+40%+38%+33%+28%+33%+51%+7%+7%
Bicycle Theft-33%+300%+75%-67%-50%+200%+200%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-34%-33%+1%+36%-7%+17%-27%+13%-33%
Other Crime+23%-17%+200%-33%+36%-13%-25%-62%-33%-
Other Theft-13%-32%-23%+15%-2%+22%+9%+41%+2%-
Possession of Weapons+50%-60%+50%+29%-14%-25%-33%+20%+133%-67%
Public Order+133%-83%-63%-14%-20%+64%-40%-8%+300%+200%
Theft From the Person+50%------50%---33%
Vehicle Crime+10%-33%+67%-23%-73%+13%-+70%+86%-48%
Violence and Sexual Offences+18%-15%+3%-+10%-14%-8%+7%+0%-13%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Derry City

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

How dangerous is Derry City?
Derry City is the most dangerous major town in Londonderry.

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

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

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