Derry City Crime Overview

Derry City is the most dangerous major town in Londonderry, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Derry City in 2020 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Londonderry rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Derry City is the 51st safest major town, and the 1,020th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Derry City had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Derry City residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 85 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Derry City recorded 63 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst for drugs in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Derry City are violence and sexual offences, with 3,159 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 3.5% higher than 2019's figure of 3,047 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Derry City's least common crime is theft from the person, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 25 crimes.

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Crime in Derry City Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Derry City This Year

 Derry CityLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,43153.288,02046.4913% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft300.36620.360% safer
Burglary2232.683972.3014% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,24514.972,10912.2218% more dangerous
Drugs5716.879385.4421% more dangerous
Other Crime1712.063141.8212% more dangerous
Other Theft5566.699365.4319% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons700.841040.6029% more dangerous
Public Order901.081410.8224% more dangerous
Robbery640.77770.4542% more dangerous
Shoplifting2893.484342.5228% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.12130.0833% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1241.492271.3211% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,15937.995,47931.7616% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Derry City

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Derry City Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour46434253Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.220.230.290.36Getting worse
Burglary3.73.63.32.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15141615Safer
Drugs5667Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.92.02.1Getting worse
Other Theft6667Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.650.670.900.84Getting worse
Public Order0.970.691.11.1Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.410.580.77Getting worse
Shoplifting4.84.53.43.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.120.140.300.12Safer
Vehicle Crime2.12.21.61.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28313738Getting worse

Changes In Derry City's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Derry City to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7117% safer
Coventry77.412.6% safer
Derry City79.39-
Croydon83.224.6% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.218% more dangerous
Leicester97.4419% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8723% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2826% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+18%+48%+40%+38%+33%+28%+33%+51%+7%+7%
Bicycle Theft-33%+300%+75%-67%-50%+200%+200%+100%--
Burglary-24%-44%+33%+63%-12%-43%-50%-7%+20%-77%
Criminal Damage and Arson-23%-34%-33%+1%+36%-7%+17%-27%+13%-33%
Drugs-50%-11%+69%+27%+36%-11%+43%+49%+23%+15%
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%
Robbery-25%-20%-50%+100%+67%+350%+50%-33%+600%-
Shoplifting+70%-36%-39%-52%-12%-35%+10%+18%+13%-7%
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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021