Portstewart Crime Overview

Portstewart is the second most dangerous small town 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 Portstewart in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 3.4% lower than the Londonderry rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portstewart is the 276th most dangerous small town, and the 1,862nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2019, Portstewart had the worst crime rate in Londonderry for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2019 was also a bad month for Portstewart residents, when it was Londonderry's most dangerous area for public order, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Portstewart recorded 1 report of theft from the person during November 2017, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for theft from the person in Londonderry that month.

The most common crimes in Portstewart are violence and sexual offences, with 234 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 30% higher than 2019's figure of 164 offences and a difference of 8.75 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Portstewart's least common crime is public order, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 350% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Portstewart Compared To Londonderry

Summary of Crimes in Portstewart This Year

 PortstewartLondonderry 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46357.858,02046.4920% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.75620.3652% more dangerous
Burglary222.753972.3016% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson779.622,10912.2227% safer
Drugs597.379385.4426% more dangerous
Other Crime182.253141.8219% more dangerous
Other Theft435.379365.431.1% safer
Possession of Weapons70.871040.6031% more dangerous
Public Order20.251410.82228% safer
Robbery30.37770.4522% safer
Shoplifting101.254342.52102% safer
Vehicle Crime232.872271.3254% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences23429.245,47931.769% safer

Portstewart Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Magherafelt47353.7217% safer
Coleraine1,42357.779% safer
Portstewart50462.98-
Limavady85270.8111% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portstewart

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Portstewart Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38352958Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.750.750.75Getting worse
Burglary3.02.21.92.8Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson911810Getting worse
Drugs2.92.13.47Getting worse
Other Crime0.750.251.42.2Getting worse
Other Theft764.85Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.620.120.87Getting worse
Public Order-0.121.10.25Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.120.37Getting worse
Shoplifting0.370.870.251.2Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.21.61.42.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18202029Getting worse

Changes In Portstewart's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Portstewart to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Portstewart62.98-
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Portstewart During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Portstewart change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Portstewart saw a 900% increase in vehicle crime. Portstewart saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 50% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-20%+53%+103%+164%+68%+243%+233%+200%+200%+271%
Bicycle Theft----50%------
Burglary+100%---50%+600%--+300%-+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+14%+30%-29%-+83%+25%+17%+80%+200%
Drugs-+300%+50%+450%-+200%-+67%+167%+250%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+33%-20%--25%--20%+67%+100%+50%+200%
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
Shoplifting-------+200%--
Vehicle Crime-33%-------+900%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%+111%-41%+178%+136%+26%+44%+240%+107%+100%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Portstewart

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021