Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Crime Statistics

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The overall crime rate in Northern Ireland in 2021 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 23 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Northern Ireland's larger towns and cities, Belfast City is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Derry City, and Craigavon and Aghacommon comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Northern Ireland, starting with Bangor which ranks as the safest area in Northern Ireland, followed up by Metropolitan Newtownabbey in second place, and Craigavon and Aghacommon in third place.

Northern Ireland Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Northern Ireland represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: March 2022

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Northern Ireland Crime Summary

Anti-Social Behaviour55,78729.42
Bicycle Theft6190.33
Criminal Damage and Arson14,9417.88
Other Crime2,0871.10
Other Theft7,3153.86
Possession of Weapons9080.48
Public Order1,0120.53
Theft From the Person2280.12
Vehicle Crime1,9651.04
Violence and Sexual Offences42,79722.57

Northern Ireland's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Northern Ireland
Bangor2,29438 22% safer
Belfast City28,400101 55% more dangerous
Craigavon and Aghacommon5,11079 42% more dangerous
Derry City7,43389 49% more dangerous
Metropolitan Newtownabbey3,24049 7% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Northern Ireland

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour27273329 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.450.360.33 Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8888 Safer
Drugs3. Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft664.03.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.510.500.48 Safer
Public Order0.440.530.520.53 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.300.260.22 Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17191823 Getting worse
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