The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey

Details of the Survey

The Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey (NISCS) is a representative, continuous, personal interview survey of the experiences and perceptions of crime of approximately 4000 adults living in private households throughout Northern Ireland. Up Until 2017/18 it 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 and can be accessed here.

A copy of the letter send to households can be viewed from here.

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

Letters sent to respondents and alternative language versions can be viewed here.

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).

More information on Pointer can be found here

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 link below on the Department of Justice website.



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

Sinead Toner  Tel: 028 9025 5664

Stuart Bennett Tel: (028) 028 9025 5100


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