Crime and Safety in Portstewart

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Portstewart is the safest small towns in Londonderry, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Londonderry's 21 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portstewart in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Londonderry's overall crime rate, coming in 61% lower than the Londonderry rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portstewart is the 243rd safest small town, and the 4,113rd 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 192 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 22% lower than 2020's figure of 234 offences and a difference of 5.25 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Portstewart's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Portstewart 2022 Crime Scorecard


Small Towns, Londonderry

4.8% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

75% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Portstewart is 4.8% lower than Northern Ireland and 75% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Portstewart Crime Rate Over Time

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Portstewart Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Portstewart 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 Portstewart

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Crime in Portstewart Compared To Londonderry

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Summary of Crimes in Portstewart This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34442.986,72939.00 9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.25490.28 12% safer
Burglary111.373091.79 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson749.252,18712.68 37% safer
Drugs253.121,0836.28 101% safer
Other Crime141.753081.79 2.3% safer
Other Theft243.008875.14 71% safer
Possession of Weapons30.371340.78 111% safer
Shoplifting30.374372.53 584% safer
Theft From the Person10.12230.13 8% safer
Vehicle Crime10.122211.28 967% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19223.996,35236.82 53% safer

Portstewart Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coleraine1,44258.5425% more dangerous
Magherafelt55563.0331% more dangerous
Limavady92777.0443% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portstewart

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Portstewart Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour35295843 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.750.750.750.25 Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson118109 Safer
Drugs2.13.473.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0. Getting worse
Other Theft64.853.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.120.870.37 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.870.251.20.37 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)---0.12No change
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202924 Getting worse

Changes In Portstewart's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Portstewart to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0835% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0551% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2457% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-20%+53%+103%+164%+68%+243%+233%+200%+200%+271%
Bicycle Theft----50%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+14%+30%-29%-+83%+25%+17%+80%+200%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+33%-20%--25%--20%+67%+100%+50%+200%
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
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 safest 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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