Northern Ireland

Victims of crime

Graphs on this page:

Supporting information:

Key points

  • For both violent crime and burglary, income and gender have a much bigger influence on worries about crime than age or location.
  • Just as worry of crime varies sharply by income, so to does the incidence of some forms of crime.  For example, the likelihood of violence against the person with injury increases steadily with the area’s level of deprivation.  Thus, the rate of violence against the person with injury in the most deprived tenth of wards is, at 21 per 1,000 population, more than twice the average rate and seven times the rate in the least deprived tenth.
  • But there are other forms of crime where the link with deprivation is much weaker.  Although the burglary rate in the most deprived tenth of local areas is, at 11 burglaries per 1,000 population, somewhat above average (7), the rate for all other levels of deprivation fluctuates between 5 and 9 per 1,000.

Definitions and data sources

The first graph shows how the prevalence of both ‘violence against the person with injury’ and ‘total burglaries’ varies by the level of deprivation of the local area (i.e. ward).  Ideally, the graph would show ‘burglaries in a dwelling’ rather than ‘total burglaries’ but the data for the former is missing from the published data for many of the wards.

The data source for the numbers is the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service and is a count of the number of notifiable offences recorded by the police.

The data source for the level of deprivation of the local area is the ward-level 2010 Multiple Deprivation Measure (MDM), with the wards being grouped into ten equal groups according to their MDM score.

The second graph shows how the proportion of the population who have ‘a high level of worry’ about burglaries and violent crime varies by household and individual characteristic.  Fear of crime can be excluding in a way that simply living in a run down area is not because being frightened to leave the house reduces a person’s ability to partake fully in wider society.  As fear of crime is subjective, it can vary between groups in the same geographical area.

The data source for the second graph is the Northern Ireland Crime Survey.  To improve its statistical reliability, the data is the average for the latest three surveys.  The data was obtained via the Northern Ireland Office reports entitled Perceptions of crime: findings from the Northern Ireland Crime SurveyThe characteristics shown have been selected from a longer list.

Overall adequacy of the indicator: limited.  The data shown in the two graphs has been mainly driven by data availability.  The ward-level data on recorded crime in the first graph may be affected by differing recording practices in different parts of the country.