Crime and Safety in Limavady

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Limavady is the most dangerous small towns in Londonderry, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Limavady in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Londonderry rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Limavady is the 195th most dangerous small town, and the 1,224th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

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

The most common crimes in Limavady are violence and sexual offences, with 467 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 398 offences and a difference of 5.73 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Limavady's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Limavady 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Londonderry

41% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

0.78% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Limavady is 41% higher than Northern Ireland and 0.78% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Limavady Crime Rate Over Time

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Limavady Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Limavady 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 Limavady

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Crime in Limavady Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Limavady This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61651.206,72939.00 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.33490.28 15% more dangerous
Burglary272.243091.79 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19716.372,18712.68 23% more dangerous
Drugs867.151,0836.28 12% more dangerous
Other Crime211.753081.79 2.3% safer
Other Theft645.328875.14 3.4% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.421340.78 86% safer
Public Order60.501370.79 58% safer
Robbery50.42560.32 24% more dangerous
Shoplifting292.414372.53 5.0% safer
Theft From the Person10.08230.13 62% safer
Vehicle Crime151.252211.28 2.4% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46738.816,35236.82 5% more dangerous

Limavady Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portstewart35043.7376% safer
Coleraine1,44258.5432% safer
Magherafelt55563.0322% safer

Crime Over Time in Limavady

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Limavady Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour40434551 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.500.420.33 Safer
Burglary3. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15171516 Safer
Drugs5657 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Getting worse
Other Theft7685 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.580.080.42 Safer
Public Order0.501.41.00.50 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.250.250.42 Getting worse
Shoplifting2. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28323339 Getting worse

Changes In Limavady's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Limavady to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Croydon82.487% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0514% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2425% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0637% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6441% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Limavady During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Limavady change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Limavady saw a 300% increase in other crime. Limavady saw a large fall in drugs during December, when it fell by 86% compared to December in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+63%+59%-4%+24%-19%-39%-10%-11%+44%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+46%-43%--32%+63%--37%+18%-50%-31%
Other Crime-67%---+300%---+100%-50%
Other Theft+60%+17%+50%+17%+220%--17%+300%+25%+100%
Public Order--------+33%-67%
Vehicle Crime-75%--+200%---+50%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+26%-33%+43%-28%+112%+43%-36%+31%-12%-48%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Limavady

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

How dangerous is Limavady?
Limavady is the most dangerous small town in Londonderry.

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

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

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