Crime and Safety in Strabane

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Strabane is the most dangerous small towns in Tyrone, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Tyrone's 15 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Strabane in 2021 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Tyrone's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Tyrone rate of 61 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Strabane is the 246th most dangerous small town, and the 1,499th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Strabane had the worst crime rate in Tyrone for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Strabane residents, when it was Tyrone's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Strabane recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst for other crime in Tyrone that month.

The most common crimes in Strabane are violence and sexual offences, with 554 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 442 offences and a difference of 8.50 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Strabane's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Strabane 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Tyrone

35% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

8% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Strabane is 35% higher than Northern Ireland and 8% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Strabane Crime Rate Over Time

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Strabane Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Strabane 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 Strabane

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Crime in Strabane Compared To Tyrone

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Summary of Crimes in Strabane This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43332.873,59744.66 36% safer
Bicycle Theft30.23170.21 9% more dangerous
Burglary130.991401.74 76% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14110.7086210.700% safer
Drugs473.574035.00 40% safer
Other Crime332.511431.78 29% more dangerous
Other Theft715.393424.25 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.91560.70 23% more dangerous
Public Order90.68470.58 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting382.882663.30 15% safer
Theft From the Person30.2370.09 61% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime110.841061.32 57% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences55442.062,50731.13 26% more dangerous

Strabane Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Omagh Town1,01751.7337% safer
Cookstown64255.3528% safer
Dungannon97367.854.6% safer

Crime Over Time in Strabane

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Strabane Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour39334133 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.15-0.150.23 Getting worse
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11121111 Safer
Drugs2. Getting worse
Other Crime2. Getting worse
Other Theft664.95 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.380.910.91 Getting worse
Public Order0.380.911.40.68 Getting worse
Shoplifting663.02.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.080.080.23 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1. Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24273442 Getting worse

Changes In Strabane's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Strabane to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.086% safer
Croydon82.4814% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0521% more dangerous
Bristol90.5222% more dangerous
Coventry102.2431% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Strabane During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Strabane change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Strabane saw a 300% increase in public order. Strabane saw a large fall in burglary during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Strabane's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-41%-2%+65%+32%+21%+38%+145%+66%+57%+177%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%+9%--73%--25%-+10%+29%-58%
Other Crime-33%+200%+100%-50%----+50%-
Other Theft-56%+25%+67%-33%+25%-78%-20%+17%-45%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+100%----+33%+300%---
Vehicle Crime+100%-67%--+100%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences+41%+66%-17%+20%+38%+104%+34%-31%-19%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Strabane

What police force serves Strabane?
Strabane's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

How dangerous is Strabane?
Strabane is the most dangerous small town in Tyrone.

What is Strabane's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Strabane are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Strabane?
Strabane's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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