Crime and Safety in Magherafelt

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Magherafelt is the second most dangerous small towns in Londonderry, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Magherafelt in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 12% lower than the Londonderry rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Magherafelt is the 324th most dangerous small town, and the 1,989th 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 335 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 273 offences and a difference of 7.04 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Magherafelt's least common crime is public order, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Magherafelt 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Londonderry

27% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Magherafelt is 27% higher than Northern Ireland and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Magherafelt Crime Rate Over Time

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Magherafelt Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Magherafelt 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 Magherafelt

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Crime in Magherafelt Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Magherafelt This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31535.786,72939.00 9% safer
Burglary141.593091.79 13% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson788.862,18712.68 43% safer
Drugs394.431,0836.28 42% safer
Other Crime161.823081.79 1.6% more dangerous
Other Theft374.208875.14 22% safer
Possession of Weapons70.801340.78 2.5% more dangerous
Public Order20.231370.79 243% safer
Shoplifting222.504372.53 1.2% safer
Vehicle Crime50.572211.28 125% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33538.056,35236.82 3.2% more dangerous

Magherafelt Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portstewart35043.7344% safer
Coleraine1,44258.548% safer
Limavady92777.0418% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Magherafelt

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Magherafelt Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour40444336 Safer
Burglary1. Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson131399 Safer
Drugs3.353.04.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2. Safer
Other Theft4. Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.00.340.80 Safer
Public Order0.680.110.910.23 Safer
Shoplifting2. Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.00.800.680.57 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34333138 Getting worse

Changes In Magherafelt's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Magherafelt to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4824% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5230% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+69%+20%+9%-8%-22%+8%+8%+14%-22%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%+60%-22%-78%-25%-22%-10%-45%-86%-71%
Other Crime---+100%-+50%----
Other Theft--50%--80%+33%-75%+200%+100%-50%+50%
Possession of Weapons-----50%-----
Public Order---------+100%
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 second most dangerous 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 public order.

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