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 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:

Jennifer Donnelly   Tel: 028 9038 8419

Central Survey Unit

About the Central Survey Unit