This bulletin presents findings from the 2019/20 Northern Ireland Safe Community Survey (NISCS) and focuses on respondents’ perceptions of crime including worry about crime and the effect of ‘fear of crime’ on quality of life. The survey includes data on the perceived role of alcohol as major causes of crime in NI and in their local area. Drugs (80%), alcohol (56%) and a lack of discipline from parents (40%) were the three factors most commonly identified by 2019/20 respondents as major causes of crime in Northern Ireland today. These three factors were also most likely to be identified by respondents as the major causes in their local area (48%, 35% and 25% respectively). Almost seven-in-ten (68%) respondents thought crime levels in Northern Ireland had increased, a rise from 60% the previous year. This compares with 31% who believed crime in their local area had risen. Latest findings also show that 9% of respondents perceived ASB to be high in their local area, a similar proportion to the previous year (10%).