Magherafelt Crime Overview

Magherafelt is the 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 Magherafelt in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Londonderry rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Magherafelt is the 396th most dangerous small town, and the 2,638th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2019, Magherafelt had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2018 was also a bad month for Magherafelt residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Magherafelt recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during February 2016, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst for possession of weapons in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Magherafelt are violence and sexual offences, with 273 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 290 offences and a difference of 1.93 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Magherafelt's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Magherafelt Compared To Londonderry

Summary of Crimes in Magherafelt This Year

 MagherafeltLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38043.168,02046.498% safer
Bicycle Theft10.11620.36227% safer
Burglary141.593972.3045% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson788.862,10912.2238% safer
Drugs262.959385.4484% safer
Other Crime171.933141.826% more dangerous
Other Theft262.959365.4384% safer
Possession of Weapons30.341040.6076% safer
Public Order80.911410.8210% more dangerous
Robbery10.11770.45309% safer
Shoplifting202.274342.5211% safer
Vehicle Crime60.682271.3294% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27331.015,47931.762.4% safer

Magherafelt Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Magherafelt47353.72-
Coleraine1,42357.777% more dangerous
Portstewart50462.9815% more dangerous
Limavady85270.8124% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Magherafelt

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Magherafelt Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52404443Safer
Bicycle Theft0.11-0.230.11Safer
Burglary1.81.41.21.6Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1913139Safer
Drugs4.23.353.0Safer
Other Crime3.32.32.21.9Safer
Other Theft54.53.93.0Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.01.00.34Safer
Public Order0.450.680.110.91Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.34-0.11Safer
Shoplifting1.02.83.42.3Safer
Vehicle Crime1.61.00.800.68Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37343331Safer

Changes In Magherafelt's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Magherafelt to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Magherafelt53.72-
Barnet67.7121% more dangerous
Coventry77.4131% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2138% more dangerous
Leicester97.4445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8748% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2850% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Magherafelt During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Magherafelt change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Magherafelt saw a 200% increase in other theft. Magherafelt saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+69%+20%+9%-8%-22%+8%+8%+14%-22%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%+60%-22%-78%-25%-22%-10%-45%-86%-71%
Drugs-67%-60%-+100%-75%--20%-20%-50%-71%
Other Crime---+100%-+50%----
Other Theft--50%--80%+33%-75%+200%+100%-50%+50%
Possession of Weapons-----50%-----
Public Order---------+100%
Shoplifting-75%+50%+33%-75%-33%-80%---33%-
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences+21%-43%+50%-12%--7%-6%+30%-9%-50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Magherafelt

What police force serves Magherafelt?
Magherafelt's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Magherafelt?
Magherafelt is the safest small town in Londonderry.
What is Magherafelt's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Magherafelt are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Magherafelt?
Magherafelt's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021