Crime in Belfast, United Kingdom

Crime rates in Belfast, United Kingdom

Level of crime
45.86 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
44.30 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
38.19 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
29.78 Low
Worries car stolen
35.76 Low
Worries things from car stolen
39.94 Low
Worries attacked
38.87 Low
Worries being insulted
41.57 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
40.45 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
53.89 Moderate
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
50.42 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
37.92 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
30.06 Low

Safety in Belfast, United Kingdom

Safety walking alone during daylight
82.87 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
51.49 Moderate

Contributors: 94

Last update: November 2020

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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3 Comments so far
Stephen on Nov 08, 2020:
There's been an attempt to paint Belfast as rejuvenated and "one of the safest cities in Europe" in recent years. It really doesn't feel like the reality. Yes, mugging and pickpocketing are not massive problems (though they do happen), however unprovoked street abuse and anti-social behaviour IS a problem.

In the UK and Ireland it is very common for groups of guys to walk around together and abuse random passers by (alcohol and drugs are usually involved, but not always).

Oftentimes it's verbal and you can ignore it, but it can turn nasty, and get physical. All about being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it happens way too often to ignore the risk.

Belfast (and Northern Ireland) isn't the very tolerant. It's still very insular. If you belong in a minority group, harassment is a strong possibility. Too many people get a perverted kind of happiness from bothering strangers. Usually it is because they might look or act differently.

As another commenter said, daytime is generally "OK", but don't venture far from populated areas at night. I've travelled extensively and while Belfast is nothing like Rio or Johannesburg levels, at least in those places you know why people might attack you and you can take precautions against it (i.e. to steal things). Here, people just attack you for no reason and that makes it more unpredictable.

The sad fact is that there is a certain mentality among many people in Belfast - it is very backward and almost tribal. The people who were involved in the troubles 20-30 years ago haven't gone away. They're just into different things now. Oh, and they've had kids, who are unsurprisingly of the same ilk.

In conclusion, Belfast is no Tokyo or Singapore, nor will it ever be. There are even cities in Eastern Europe that are way safer. It's got a lot of bigots and a violent underclass who think nothing of shouting at, harassing, attacking or beating locals and visitors alike.

And don't even get me started on the unwillingness of so many people in Belfast to abide by COVID-19 guidelines.
Anonymous on Sep 09, 2019:
Not safe at night time depends if u r luckey or not
Andy on Apr 02, 2018:
As the stats suggest, reasonably safe during the day but definitely not at night. Atmosphere totally changes. The threat is mostly from drunk people, groups of violent youths and drug addicts. Been witness to far too many unprovoked assaults to even mention. After 9-10pm I'd go as far as to say no area is safe. You can get lucky and avoid it but there are far too many incidents too often to take the risk.