Have a view on how attitudes to crime are recorded in NI?

Date published: 14 December 2017

The Department of Justice is calling for views on how attitudes towards crime are recorded in Northern Ireland.

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Launching a consultation on the questions which are included in the Northern Ireland Crime Survey, Richard Ramsden at the Department of Justice said: “The Northern Ireland Crime Survey is an annual, face-to-face survey of 2,000 people, who are asked a series of questions on their experiences and perceptions of crime and the justice system. 

“It seeks to understand the levels of crime in Northern Ireland and is used to inform the Department, and its justice partners, of the landscape that they’re working in, and the areas they need to focus on to help make Northern Ireland a fair, just and safer community.”

The consultation is seeking the public’s views on whether the NI Crime Survey is asking the right questions, which include: ‘What do you feel are the major causes of crime in Northern Ireland’, ‘How safe do you feel walking alone after dark?’ and ‘How confident are you that the criminal justice system is fair?’

Richard added, “The Northern Ireland Crime Survey is a very important source of information for monitoring and reporting on crime trends, so it is essential that we are asking the right questions and, importantly, identifying any new questions that we should be asking.”

The consultation is due to run until Tuesday, 9 January 2018 and is available on the nidirect website


Notes to editors: 

  1. View publications from last year’s NI Crime Survey
  2. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 9052 6444.  Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07623 974383 and your call will be returned.

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