Crime in Dublin, Ireland

Crime rates in Dublin, Ireland

Level of crime
57.74 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
71.96 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
46.89 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
47.94 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.87 Low
Worries things from car stolen
48.71 Moderate
Worries attacked
49.96 Moderate
Worries being insulted
52.53 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
32.34 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
73.94 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
59.73 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
50.07 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
46.69 Moderate

Safety in Dublin, Ireland

Safety walking alone during daylight
67.92 High
Safety walking alone during night
41.38 Moderate

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Last update: June 2022

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43 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 26, 2022:
All the bad areas in Ireland were put in Dublin. That’s why other places seem so much nicer compared to Dublin. Dublin is filled with scumbags who harass and attack people from no reason. The scumbags always were puffer/rain jacket with tracksuits and expensive runners
Anonymous on Jun 21, 2022:
It’s filled with gangs in certain estates around Dublin. I’ve worked the people like this and they all live the same lifestyle. As young kids under the age of 13 they are left to hang around the streets with other kids there ages till all hours doing all sorts from throwing eggs at people house to throwing fireworks at people and burning random things. They then join gangs from 13/14 on where they attack people for no reason or rob them for money. They get away doing anything until they turn 18 when they then spend there life in and out jail. Some end up homeless some scheme the government and get a dole house which is basically a free house and a certain amount of money a week for free.
Anonymous on Jun 20, 2022:
Ireland is quite safe but Dublin is clearly not, one of the biggest shitholes of Europe
Anonymous on Jun 17, 2022:
Ireland is one of safest country in the world. It's in top ten list.
Anonymous on Jun 14, 2022:
Got attacked in Tolka Valley Park with stones, branches, palets by over 15 underage brats. They were trying to steal my bike. Called Garda which only showed up after more than 40 minutes time in which I had to defend myself.
First three kids came talking and looking at it then came back with the huligans.
Garda won't do anything so stay safe and avoid that area as much as possible.
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2022:
Ireland is NOT a safe country - Irish people have huge problem with alcohol and drug addiction. Irish people are also extremely violent.
Anonymous on May 24, 2022:
I was in Dublin yesterday and the city centre around O’Connell street is awful and had a very antisocial vibe to it.
One problem is that it is difficult to get around Dublin City with the absent of good public transport (ie there is no metro in Dublin and the backbone is made up of slow clunky buses) and then there is the ever increasing discrimination against private cars, which has resulted in normal people avoiding the city and leaving it with drug addicts and knacker teen gangs who harass the few normal people who are left visiting the city.
To tourists I would not recommend visiting Dublin, instead I would recommend Cork and Galway instead. Sadly Dublin has turned into a horrible city.

Sadly
Anonymous on May 22, 2022:
I got assaulted yesterday in the middle of Tolka Valley Park, by 5 or 6 very young kids (like 12 or 13 years old), very young indeed! They wanted to be intimidating and without any reason threatened to hit me with a metal pipe from a bicycle seat. Firstly I didn't react, but the "leader" started approaching me closer and closer with his "scary" weapon, and then actually hit me twice, although I blocked the hits. I tried to talk some sense to them, did not want to fight then since they weren't even half my height, but nothing was helping. Then the guy ordered me to "run", which I also declined, in order not to give them satisfaction. The group stayed in the back for the most part, but then one fat kid also started to kick me, but then they just stopped and I walked away.

Like someone said here,they wore grey Adidas hoodies and there was an option to avoid them (if I knew they would be so weirdly aggressive), but I guess it would be best to have pepper spray with you for this kind of situation, since it's undeniably a self defense and they couldn't sue you for body damage or something.
I have reported it to Garda, but not much attention was given.

Stay safe guys
Anonymous on May 08, 2022:
I'm an international student in Ireland. Just got my 400 Euros worth of smartphone and my bank card stolen by a young teenager on a bike, as I was walking down Dominick Street yesterday. I could not find a single Garda on sight even near O'Connell Bridge. NONE!!! Such crowded areas. Everyone at the Luas station just watched carelessly the teen cycling away with my phone in his hand even though I blew my whistle loudly. This must be quite normal for Dubliners. Then I went to the Ilac Shopping Centre and asked the security personnel to call the Garda for me, but they refused and said they wouldn't help because the incident did not take place within the shopping centre.

As the theft happened, the gang of teens congregating on Dominick Street told me to be quiet, which tells me that he was known to them. Then I went to the Mountjoy Garda station, I had to wait in line for almost 20 minutes. A female Garda taking notes on an empty piece of ripped paper told me that I would need to go to another garda station because they were only responsible for the Mountjoy area. As she was taking notes, she said "these things happen anywhere in the world". Such a relief. She said it would take WEEKS before I could get any response. When she asked me about the phone brand, the expression on her face was like "it's not worth wasting my time here, just go home".

I called my phone from another number and a drunk, homeless person answered and asked for 100 Euros on behalf of the teens. I met that person on O'Connell, and luckily there I saw a garda car driving and I whistled and shouted. The Garda man climbed out of his car and confiscated his drugs. He cursed at him and told him to bring the phone and "you'll get your drugs back"... He even scolded me for blowing a whistle to catch his attention, and that I was holding the homeless person's arm — who was clearly part of this organized crime. The Garda man said I could get into trouble for holding his arm... WOW!

When I got home I called my bank to cancel my card, and they told me that there have been contactless transactions, which should be refunded they said. Isn't that amazing, my phone is stolen and my bank account is almost depleted and I am left with no money or food until my payday. And I am still expected to be motivated to work and study...

I will not live in Dublin in the future. Dublin has a major drug, alcohol and gang problem and the Garda is useless.
Johnny on Dec 03, 2021:
I would also recommend visiting the suburban towns such as Malahide, Swords, Portmarnock, Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Bray, Greystones and Blessington.. These towns are much safer than the city and in my opinion they have much nicer experience. Plus the scenery is lovely too...
Johnny on Dec 03, 2021:
People say the northside is bad but really it's on both sides.. Do your research and look up the bad neighborhoods instead of blindly thinking you'll be safe on the Southside... Crumlin, Tallaght, Ballyfermot and Rialto are among the worst neighborhoods in Dublin and they are all on the Southside.

Personally I would recommend going to Dun Laoghaire, Howth, Ballsbridge, Phibsborough, Stoneybatter, Rathmines, Clontarf and Drumcondra if you want to visit Dublin without the anoyying scumbags..
Anonymous on Oct 19, 2021:
Why can’t a vigilante group of strong men be formed to beat these scums up it would serve justice as police don’t seem to care. It’s a big problem and I don’t know why it’s not being covered more by medias about the problems in the city. When I see on youtube everyone saying (especially tourists) how charmig and friendly the people are.
Irish people are social and often friendly but these criminal teenagers are the worst people I’ve ever encountered.
Interesting how someones life can go to that level of violence at such a young age but its hard to feel empathy for them when they target random innocent people. This seem to be a culture in Ireland and UK by these menaces to society.
Anonymous on Oct 18, 2021:
I was punched from behind once in dublin city centre 2012 or 2013 in broad daylight with hundreds of people around to see. It was a weak punch but still quite shocking since I’ve never been assaulted before and I’ve been in many big cities.
I’m not irish and maybe I looked foreign to them so it could be that they target more foreign looking people and not irish looking?

I would say you would be more likely to be assaulted or harassed in Dublin and some other parts of Ireland then many major cities around the world from my experience but it also depends on what you look like, what clothes you wear, if you are alone etc.
The scumbags seem to always wear grey adidas tracksuits and have a buzzcut for some reason I guess in their minds they think they look tough lol.

I’ve been to the city centre maybe 5 times and with those aggressive teenagers and junkies everywhere I wouln’t recommend going alone.
If you see a group of teenagers with grey adidas tracksuits, stay away
Shane on Oct 17, 2021:
Just witnessed five young guys (14 ish) having an organised gang fight on Ringsend bridge. 10 minute walk to the Google HQ.

What a disgrace this country is, inequality heaped upon generation after generation.
Anonymous on Aug 27, 2021:
In Dublin (and Ireland overall), OK areas and very bad areas are sometimes separated by nothing more than a few metres. It's therefore really tricky for tourists or foreigners to gauge where is safe and where isn't. Adding to the problem, as many others have commented, is abysmal problem of young gangs. Many are under 18, meaning little happens even if they are caught committing crimes. If under-18's don't sound threatening, you might think again when surrounded by 10 or 20 of them. Many are on drugs.

Sometimes the motivation is robbery to pay for their habit. Other times it is boredom. Unlike in other major cities, crime in Dublin often has no motivation other than to pass the time or look 'hard' in front of friends. This can involve random physical attacks, harassment, verbal abuse and of course regular anti-social behaviour.

I am sure there are criminological reasons - whether it is the breakdown of the family structure or the failure of criminal justice. But the result is that few places in Dublin are safe.

My advice is -
Isolated areas: Be mindful of groups of young people congregating and approaching and keep a wide berth. Always be on the lookout for large groups and get offside quickly. If they are far enough away and you spot them early, it is unlikely they will chase you down. But if you have to pass them on the street or in a park, it is likely you will at the very least encounter some verbal abuse. Or of course worse.

Crowded areas: Here you need to aware of pickpockets. Crowded areas are safer from the gangs because there are simply so many people and it is easy to blend in and not be targeted. But the flip side is that this is where pickpockets will operate - and they are prevalent in Dublin, so be very careful.

Public transport: This is awkward because if the previously mentioned gangs get on and sit all around you, there is little you can do. But the obvious thing here is to swallow your pride and get off at the next station, or move to another carriage. Don't engage with them. It only makes a negative encounter more likely. So many people, young and old, get beaten and harassed by these gangs. Don't give them a chance. It doesn't matter if you are in a couple, in a family, or alone. The smaller your group, the more likely you will be targeted. But save being in a group of 10 rugby guys, they don't discriminate. They'll target anyone.

Night: During the day Dublin can be OK if you follow the advice listed above, but at night the atmosphere really changes and becomes very unpleasant. Getting mugged or attacked isn't guaranteed, but it is a possibility and you need to minimise your exposure to the city dark because if there are lots of crazies about during the day, they multiply at night.
Anonymous on Jul 12, 2021:
Dublin has gotten worse during the pandemic. In general areas on the north side(of the river Liffey), and more specific Ballyfermot, Finglas, the north inner city (among many others) are traditionally dangerous, but also areas on the south side, such as around st James hospital, and areas such as Clondalkin, Drimnagh, and Tallaght, are best avoided
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The general problems arise from aggressive teenage gangs (also locally referred to as 'knacker' kids, but not politically correct) who commit knife crimes and other serious antisocial behaviour. Knife crimes are a serious problem in Dublin, according to Dublin live article ',Calls for clampdown on knife crime after weekend of violence of Dublin's streets'. Available at: https://www.dublinlive.ie/news/dublin-news/calls-clampdown-knife-crime-after-20866257 (accessed 12-07-2021).
A typical newspaper headline about Dublin on the Irish Times, 'Investigations launched into three separate stabbings in Dublin', available at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/investigations-launched-into-three-separate-stabbings-in-dublin-1.4598536 (accessed 12-07-2021).

The general problem is caused by liberal judges not handing down adequate sentences and it is not unusual to see criminal individuals with dozens of previous convictions on a rampage committing further crimes.
Anonymous on May 16, 2021:
Dublin is unlike any other city I have ever lived in because the chances of meeting trouble are not necessarily confined to particular areas. Of course there are very,very dangerous areas in Dublin but it seems you can meet hassle throughout Dublin. No offence but the city is a shithole and is in massive social decline. Lived in London,New York and Amsterdam but I am more anxious walking around Dublin than in any of those cities. Personal safety is a constant lietmotif in Dublin. Zombie-like druggies looking for money, gangs of kids making life a misery for so many people in estates etc...it's a fecking nightmare. How this has been allowed to continue is mind-boggling. Absolutely no will by anyone to put a stop to it so I guess we get what we deserve. Advice: if you can leave this dump do so before it all goes down. I'm sorry to write this.
Iftimie Tudor on May 03, 2021:
2019 - late december - 1 AM: I called the police while they where using a crawlbar trying to break my door. I stared the alarm and they just left for the next house. I was watching them from the window stealing from my neighbor's car . Police never showed up. Dublin is not a safe city!
Karl Peyton on Apr 30, 2021:
I forgot about Kiliney, Dalkey and Shankill however they're very expensive so don't go broke for them.
Pie on Apr 30, 2021:
Some of the best places to live are, Dun Laoghaire and surrounding areas, Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Sutton, Whitehall, Drumcondra, Sandymount and surrounds (if you can afford it), Dundrum and surrounds, Blackrock, Rathmines, Ranelagh, Rathgar, Dartry, Milltown, Skerries (even though it's far away), parts of Glasnevin, Chapelizod, Castleknock east, Grand Canal Dock, Stepaside and Sandyford.
Pie on Apr 30, 2021:
I forgot about Ronanstown, Clondalkin, Drimnagh, Liffey Valley, Corduff and some parts of Blanchardstown in my last comment
Pie on Apr 30, 2021:
Dublin is safe in most parts, a lot of people say the north side is worse however most of it's fine from personal experience. Places you should avoid are, Darndale, Tallaght (all parts), Crumlin, Ballymun, Finglas west (east is better), Ballyfermot, Coolock, Clonshaugh, The city centre (at night), North Strand, Sherrif street, Cherry Orchard and Dolphins Barn. Overall any other area is safe enough.
Sarah on Mar 30, 2021:
Some parts of Dublin are lovely, especially the south side and during the day. Have lived in Dublin west my whole life and once you're locked away in your own space by the time it starts to get dark, generally you're fine. Also, while you should always report crime, the gardai are normally useless, so I wouldn't expect that anything would be done about it.
Advice for tourists: Just don't go anywhere near the hostels/ food drives or the routes between them at night, or near any hospitals, train stations, buses, shopping areas etc... Just stay in your hotel / the pub across the road from your hotel. Most areas are good during the day, just watch your belongings on crowded streets and try to not stand out too much. 99% of people have no trouble. Would also recommend that you don't travel alone in most areas. Even during the day.
@Cesar: Once you don't use excessive force, there is no problem here with self-defense, as far as I've seen (our house was broken into and my partner was not prosecuted for causing the guy injury).
New Guy on Mar 02, 2021:
North is so dangerous, south is average (depends on the areas). I have never felt this unsafe before. I traveled more than 20 cities in U.S by myself at the age 18, went to Mexico at the age 19 and never felt that unsafe. Juviline Crime Laws must be reconsidered. I was planing to live and invest in here, but probably won't.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2021:
I don't feel safe in Dublin and I'm a tall, well-built guy.
Too many young gangs randomly starting fights, mugging people.
Anon on Dec 12, 2020:
Terrible underclass that have nothing better to do than harass/attack/insult/intimidate the people who are trying to do something useful with their lives.
Ahmet on Nov 18, 2020:
Most perpetrators of crimes in Dublin are junkies and scumbag teenagers who have nothing to do all day. If you keep vigilant and know where all your stuff is you should be safe as with any other big city in the world. peace
Javi on Sep 27, 2020:
Dublin (and Ireland in general) has a huge scumbag issue, and in the last 5 years is only growing without any control. The police is utterly useless as they are under armed and under stuffed, there are multiples cases reported where neighbors call them and they just answer that there are no police cars available at the moment, a serious joke! It sounds ridiculous that in a city like Dublin with a 99.999% of the population is impecable, is being terrified by 15 year old scumbags. Not to mention that the law, which is non-existent for underages, doesn’t help much, and apparently there’s little interest in changing it.
Anthony on Aug 30, 2020:
Dublin crime is on the rise but it’s not as bad as other places in Europe, it can be quite scary at night with the amount of scumbags around. Ireland in general has a massive scumbag issue who have no respect for anyone and just like to pick fights for no reason just because they are bored and have nothing else to do. It’s different compared to other countries in Europe that way. Except the U.K. which is even worse as it has way more scumbags who will actually do some scary things.
Cesar on Aug 22, 2020:
I have just watched some videos on Youtube about those piece of garbage called Knackers, as I am planning to move there next year. Main point is: like any other animal, humans - or those non-human living I am talking about - they only respect the other only when they fear. Period. If those scumbags are doing what I saw on Youtube, that's because they do not fear enough the consequences. If every time they committed any kind of violence, they were spanked back or even tortured or killed, they would not do it again! Simple as this.

My question to you living there is: why on earth nobody is killing them? I never heard any dead meat bag spank tourists randomly. Only the living ones!

Knackers do not have the right to live.
Cesar on Aug 22, 2020:
If I suffer any physical violence in Ireland for example, can I defend myself and the ones with me spanking or going even further without going to jail? Or Ireland became a third world country like Brazil or Mexico, where in practice, you are only able to be robbed, assaulted and murdered, without the option to pay with self coin?
wot4 on Aug 20, 2020:
Those are quite accurate and real-world comments from guggaburggi. I am Irish and lived in Dublin for many years. Dublin, and Ireland in general has a major problem with scumbags, and the authorities are simply too lilly-livered, indecisive and 'politically correct' to deal adequately with the problem. The same as they are with sorting public transport infrastructure, housing, etc. Of course the problem stems back to the ignorance of the Irish voters generally. It's not a bad city / country, but have a much higher opinion of themselves than justified by the facts. By the way, 'knackers' is a term attributed generally to members of the travelling community. If you want a term for the kind of rubbish people I think you are referring to, I'd say 'skangers' is closer to the mark. Ireland seems to have a much higher proportion of them in general than other Eu countries. The UK would be even worse.
guggaburggi on Apr 30, 2020:
There is a specific term for scumbags in Ireland, Knackers. That alone should give you an idea of level of safety in Dublin. Dublin is full of knackers. It is a small city, which gives a high probability for you to be in a bad area. City center is okay during daytime but it is only around 20 minutes away by bus from problematic places. At night it is dangerous.

Crime is a bit different than in other countries. While in Paris, you could be mugged and scammed. In dublin, people can harrass you verbally, physically and racially, just because you stand out and they are bored. They won't kill you but it is very frequent. This harassment happens on every age level from kids to adults and seems to be a part of irish culture.

Coupled with bad public infrastructure and level of public services. The police, Gardai is quite helpless dealing with this frequient but low level crime. They won't arrest scumbags, because it won't be any help.

To help you make further research on the subject. Google with terms: busses + antisocial behaviour or Reddit and youtube: dublin knackers and scumbags.

I am writing this as an international student, having lived in five different countries around Europe: Finland, Sweden, Spain, France and Ireland.
Adrian on Dec 21, 2019:
Hi, it's me again. I would delete my last comment since I thought some people were not telling the truth but it's not possible. Sorry for that.

You're all absolutely right, yes, some people told me they feel safe living in Dublin as an expat but on the other hand, I have tried to do a deeper research by reading the irish news about crime in Dublin and I have seen too many articles related to crime within a month, including murders, robberies, violence, etc. That's not normal for a not too large European city. It's sad because I wanted to move there to improve my English but after seeing this... Nope, I'm probably staying in my own country where I already feel safe. I hope the situation will get well soon over there because it's a beautiful city.

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/crime/italian-man-considering-leaving-ireland-21037395
Adrian on Dec 16, 2019:
Ok everyone... Can someome tell the truth about the safety in Dublin please? I don't live there but I have met on Internet some expats who live in Dublin and they all told me that they feel safe living in Dublin. Some of them also told me that there are a lot of drunk people around but they don't bother regular people. So, who should I believe? Please, don't lie and only share your experiences of living there because I'm starting to think that some people here like to get in trouble, so that's why many people share this kind of experiences.
Anonymous on Nov 20, 2019:
It’s not where you look it’s how you look but to all tourists don’t go around town with flashy watches or nice cameras.
O’Shea on Nov 06, 2019:
Dublin is dangerous for European standards. Evenin the city center. Groups if young thugs punch you for lookjng at them the wrong way. Not even gonna bother the Northrrn and Western neighbourhoods, hellhole. Seen more crime in 9 months than in my other 27 years. Beware people
Jacob on Oct 13, 2019:
Dublin is a safe place. I have lived here for years and I feel very safe in the city centre. It isn't any more dangerous that any other developed European city. Don't believe the hype.
Mikey on Mar 21, 2019:
Gang wars, junkies in huge numbers in the city centre stabbing and mugging people.
Jack on Jan 08, 2019:
Living in a Dublin suburb on the northside my whole life and I can tell you anywhere other than the posh neighborhoods in the south is dangerous and riddled with crimes. As some people pointed out the police are useless, are not respected and don't bother patrolling the rough parts of town.

O'Connell street is so dangerous at night and what did the Garda do? They closed down the station on O'Connell and the place is littered with knackers and scumbags. Not pleasant to go into town any more as of 5 years now at least.

Would not recommend and on the contrary, stay away unless you want to be mugged and beaten up by a bunch of 15 year olds who are just going to get a slap on the wrist later in court since 'they're minors' and all that bollocks.
6 months in Dublin on Sep 24, 2018:
Dublin is a nasty and dangerous city. Over half of the city can be described as horrible and in most places you don't wanna be, not even during the day. Ballyfermot, Finglas, Ballymun, Coolock, Darndale, Clondalkin, Blanchardstown and on and on and on. are all horrible

For tourists checking this site, please be aware the nonsense written below and be aware of crime, muggings, robberies, knackers looking for trouble, fistfights about nothing etc etc. City center at day is pretty OK, at night its quite a different story, twenty 15-year olds beat the crap out of you for a cigarette. Take care of yourself since the Garda is overstretched and underarmed
Dani Pichirilli on Jun 10, 2018:
Dublin is a very dangerous city to live in and for tourists that come in alone, the last 4 years, had a very big increase on the number of crimes, but most are not reported so cant be part in statistics, people don't bother reporting crime because the Garda the Irish police is useless and they take ages to show up ate crime scenes where there's no violence involved.
The Dublin inner city and the areas around Dublin, such as sword, blanchardstown, tallaght etc should be avoided.
Drunk teenagers in the city center causing havoc, people being punched alleatory, junkies treatening people at peak time at o connel street, mugging, break in at houses an cars, and sexual assault plus lots and lots of paedos, Dublin dont look like a european capital. would be better if people start to report the crimes.
Dubliner on Jun 08, 2018:
The crime is not heavy in the sense that if anything happens, it is hardly going to kill you. With this said, it's far from feeling safe. Kids in gangs will just randomly attack you in the sunlight, in the middle of the city without 2nd thought whatsoever. There's a bunch of cases of people hospitalized because of this. When I ask around, people say it's the government not giving a shit, because basically it's not a good idea to defend yourself, apparently.