Crime in Dublin, Ireland

Crime rates in Dublin, Ireland

Level of crime
56.44 Moderate
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
70.34 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
46.73 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
46.62 Moderate
Worries car stolen
37.23 Low
Worries things from car stolen
47.79 Moderate
Worries attacked
48.56 Moderate
Worries being insulted
51.45 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
31.24 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
72.81 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
58.83 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
48.73 Moderate
Problem corruption and bribery
45.92 Moderate

Safety in Dublin, Ireland

Safety walking alone during daylight
69.35 High
Safety walking alone during night
42.87 Moderate

Contributors: 623

Last update: June 2021

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

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31 Comments so far
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'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.
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.
Ollie on Apr 08, 2018:
Crime everywhere developed stays the same. It's the reporting of crime that changes. Ps Dublin is safe except for some bad areas like everywhere has.
sl on Feb 16, 2018:
I wouldnt go there again if you payed me.

I was walking down the street on a cold night down to the store - and a large man in a t-shirt was walking towards me. As we crossed paths he punched me in the face and then ripped my jacket off me.
#ic on Dec 16, 2017:
I was attacked once in Dublin, they punched me. Not a safe city for european standarts. I lived in city centre, too many muggers and the so-called "knackers" everywhere. Walking alone in Temple Bar after 3am is very risky, you will see a lot of drunk people looking for trouble. Beware.
Johnny on Aug 30, 2017:
Lol... all you have to do is google Sexual Assault in Dublin. It's amazing the violence you see once you open the newspaper there. It's really appalling that the Garda pride themselves of not carrying any guns to fight crime in Ireland. They seriously have a problem with rapists, alcoholics and drug addicts. That country is going to hell.