Safer City

Whilst responsibility for community safety rests with PSNI and DoJ and other statutory agencies, including Belfast City Council administered Community Safety Partnership, these statutory providers have recognised the importance of engaging the private sector in service delivery. 

Consequently the issues of a safer Belfast remain a key priority for Belfast City Centre Management with activity in this area managed by the Safer City Action Group.  

The public and private sector stakeholders represented on the Safer City Action Group have agreed that they will work collaboratively to promote enhanced safety through:

Coordinating and developing Belfast City Centre Management’s existing crime reduction initiatives such as:

• Retail Crimewatch Exclusion Order scheme
• City Centre Beat Policing
• Retail Radiolink and Publink
• Emergency Contact Points



Strategic objectives:

• Annual improvement in users’ perceptions of safety by implementing initiatives to reduce:
- Retail crime
- Evening and night time economy crime
- Antisocial behaviour
• Annual improvement in measured crime statistics
• Promote continuity and resilience of the city within the city centre business community
• Educational outreach to city centre users
• Seek to reduce on-street drinking and begging
• Seek continuing funding for City Centre Beat Initiative

For more information, contact: Sarah-Anne Attwood
Tel: 028 9024 2111 / E-Mail:


Reporting sharps/needles in the city centre

If you come across any sharps/needles in the city centre there is a mechanism in place to report these to Belfast City Council.  These will be removed and disposed of in a safe manner by their team.  The details for reporting these are below.

During Office Hours (8.00am – 5.00pm)
Telephone: 028 9027 0469

Out of Hours (5.00pm – 8.00am - Including Weekends, Public & Bank Holidays)
Telephone: 07850 499 622

Email (for non-emergency reporting)