Northern Ireland Crime Survey

The Northern Ireland Crime Survey (NICS) is a representative, continuous, personal interview survey of the experiences and perceptions of crime of approximately 4,000 adults living in private households throughout Northern Ireland. Previously conducted on an ad hoc basis in 1994/95, 1998, 2001 and 2003/04, the NICS began operating on a continuous basis in January 2005.

Main aims

An alternative, but complementary, measure of crime to offences recorded by the police, the main aims of the NICS are to:

  • measure crime victimisation rates experienced by people living in private households, whether or not these crimes were reported to or recorded by the police
  • monitor trends in the level of crime, independent of changes in reporting levels or police recording practices
  • measure people’s perceptions about and reactions to crime (for example, the level and causes of crime, the extent to which they are concerned about crime and the effect of crime on their quality of life)
  • measure public confidence in policing and the wider criminal justice system
  • collect sensitive information, using self-completion modules, on people’s experiences regarding crime-related issues, such as sexual violence and abuse, illicit drugs and domestic violence.

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User documentation

Experience of crime

Perceptions of crime

Perceptions of policing, justice and organised crime

Night-time economy

Domestic violence

Drug misuse

Quarterly updates (Key Performance Indicators)

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

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