Northern Ireland

Victims of crime

Key points

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Graph 1: By deprivation of area

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Graph 2: Worries about crime

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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.

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