|Level of crime||58.04||Moderate|
|Crime increasing in the past 3 years||72.28||High|
|Worries home broken and things stolen||46.36||Moderate|
|Worries being mugged or robbed||47.98||Moderate|
|Worries car stolen||38.08||Low|
|Worries things from car stolen||48.75||Moderate|
|Worries being insulted||53.63||Moderate|
|Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion||33.36||Low|
|Problem people using or dealing drugs||75.03||High|
|Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft||59.87||Moderate|
|Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery||50.16||Moderate|
|Problem corruption and bribery||46.73||Moderate|
|Safety walking alone during daylight||66.73||High|
|Safety walking alone during night||40.28||Moderate|
Last update: May 2023
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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|Crime in Drogheda||31.28 miles|
|Crime in Navan||31.80 miles|
|Crime in Wicklow||35.06 miles|
|Crime in Mullingar||48.87 miles|
|Crime in Carlow||51.84 miles|
|Crime in Dundalk||51.92 miles|
|Crime in Tullamore||62.16 miles|
|Crime in Athlone||76.39 miles|
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Political Class don't care at all, no increase in Gardai numbers, no new prisons built, no jail time for criminals. Recently a judge gave a man no custodial sentence who was pouring boiling water over women in the city. The judge said reputational damage was adequate on its own. Out of touch doesn't begin to describe it.
If you dare try to defend yourself then you are in big trouble, a jury may eventually do the right thing, but the state will still punish you for daring to undermine its monopoly of force by denying bail & delaying trial for a year or two. This happened to a Brazilian man who stabbed in self defence a teenager who was in a group attacking him. Jury cleared him but spent over a year in prison on remand.
Extremely dangerous and violent city
Dublin, like any sizeable city, has its problem areas. Traditionally these were council estates where unemployment and poor educational attainment were generational.
Dublin is on an island in the Atlantic, and the weather can be wet and miserable for extended periods. Despite the wealth generated in the economy, the government has no strategy for spending it on indoor facilities for sport and recreation that are both easily accessible and affordable for the working class. As there is nothing for youth to do ( except for chasing a ball around a field in the wet and cold ), they are bored. Drugs and antisocial behaviour follow.
The lack of effective policing means there is no consequence for youthful bad behaviour. The government pleads it has no resourced. And yet wasted 82,000,000 euros on a new Water Charging Board that they then disbanded without it ever doing anything.
Contrast that to where I live now : there are too many facilities for indoor youth activities **in each post code** to count. All are accessible by public transport, and a lot are co-located, so easy for parents to drop off the kids in one place.
The Irish government instead sacrifice everything on the altar of high property prices. This eliminates the possibility of building facilities for indoor sport, when they favour more and more hotels or office developments.
If working class people can't see a way to move from Tallaght to Dalkey during their lives through honest work, because of poor education and discrimination against certain working class areas, people will give up, and their kids pick up on that.
Dublin is over priced, a very poor tourism product ( more so if you don't drink ), lacks effective public transport and policiing, is high tax, low government spend. And people wonder why even the upper middle earners are turning towards Sinn Fein (a political party traditionally associated with terrorism in the past 50 years ) and more socialist politics. There has been no "trickle down" wealth effect for the majority of people.
When there is such a level of anti-social behaviour, it's a government/ societal problem. Irish people are world class complainers. But the problem with complainers is that they rarely do anything proactively to improve things. In the place where I live, people protest regularly, and the government takes notice of their complaints. When was the last time there was a mass gathering of people in Dublin city centre to demand more police, more facilities for the youth, and better education.
There never was, and there never will be
Drugs, teenagers, gangs, abuse, harassment, assaults - all unprovoked. This is Dublin. It's bridging on lawless.
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.
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.
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
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.
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..
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.
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
What a disgrace this country is, inequality heaped upon generation after generation.
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.
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.
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).
Too many young gangs randomly starting fights, mugging people.
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.
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.
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.