Limavady Crime Overview

Limavady is the most dangerous small town in Londonderry, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Limavady in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the Londonderry rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Limavady is the 191st most dangerous small town, and the 1,375th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Limavady had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Limavady residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Limavady recorded 3 reports of public order during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst for public order in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Limavady are violence and sexual offences, with 398 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 2.3% higher than 2019's figure of 389 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Limavady's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 600% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Limavady Compared To Londonderry

Summary of Crimes in Limavady This Year

 LimavadyLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour53744.638,02046.494.2% safer
Bicycle Theft50.42620.3614% more dangerous
Burglary272.243972.302.7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18615.462,10912.2221% more dangerous
Drugs635.249385.443.8% safer
Other Crime181.503141.8221% safer
Other Theft927.659365.4329% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.081040.60650% safer
Public Order121.001410.8218% more dangerous
Robbery30.25770.4580% safer
Shoplifting332.744342.528% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.08130.080% safer
Vehicle Crime131.082271.3222% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39833.085,47931.764.0% more dangerous

Limavady Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Magherafelt47353.7232% safer
Coleraine1,42357.7723% safer
Portstewart50462.9812% safer
Limavady85270.81-

Crime Over Time in Limavady

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Limavady Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour50404345Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.330.500.42Safer
Burglary63.02.32.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19151715Safer
Drugs5565Safer
Other Crime2.21.31.21.5Safer
Other Theft7768Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.250.580.580.08Safer
Public Order0.580.501.41.0Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.330.250.25Safer
Shoplifting2.62.24.62.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.170.080.080.08Safer
Vehicle Crime1.81.71.41.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29283233Getting worse

Changes In Limavady's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Limavady to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.714.6% safer
Limavady70.81-
Coventry77.419% more dangerous
Croydon83.2215% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2118% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0247% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+63%+59%-4%+24%-19%-39%-10%-11%+44%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Burglary--50%+50%--75%+100%-50%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+46%-43%--32%+63%--37%+18%-50%-31%
Drugs-40%-50%+17%-54%+133%+33%+33%-40%+133%-86%
Other Crime-67%---+300%---+100%-50%
Other Theft+60%+17%+50%+17%+220%--17%+300%+25%+100%
Public Order--------+33%-67%
Shoplifting-----57%-78%-50%+50%-40%-25%
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021