The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey

The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey (NISCS) is a representative, continuous, personal interview survey of the experiences and perceptions of crime throughout Northern Ireland.

Details of the Survey

Up until 2017/18 the NISCS was known as the Northern Ireland Crime Survey. Previously conducted on an ad hoc basis in 1994/95, 1998, 2001 and 2003/04, the NISCS began operating on a continuous basis in January 2005.

Received a letter?

The information leaflet explains all about the survey in detail. A letter is also send to households.

Our interviewers will present their official NISRA ID when they call.

The letter sent to households is available in alternative language versions.

If you have been selected to take part please provide us with a telephone number so that we can reach you. Due to current government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unable to send an interviewer to your address in person to carry out this study. We plan however, to carry out the study over the telephone instead. Please use the secure link below to enter your contact details:

Survey contact details form

During the current restrictions imposed on the public and in order to protect staff and the wider population our office staff are working remotely from home. If you have received a letter to inform you that your address has been selected to take part, the number to contact is: 02890255542.

If you have any questions please phone or email Sinead Toner on 028 9025 5664,


The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey is based on a systematic random sample of 7500 addresses drawn each year from the NISRA Address Register (NAR). 

The NAR is developed within NISRA and is primarily based on the Land & Property Services (LPS) POINTER database.  Pointer is the address database for Northern Ireland maintained by Land & Property Services (LPS).

One person (aged 16 or over) from each address is chosen at random to be interviewed.

Results / Publications

Results from the Crime survey can be accessed from the Department of Justice Northern Ireland Safe Community survey page.


If you would like further information about the Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey , please contact:

Sinead Toner  Tel: 028 9025 5664

Central Survey Unit

About the Central Survey Unit