Bridgend Crime Overview

Bridgend is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Wales, and the 30th most dangerous overall out of the UK's small towns. The overall crime rate in Bridgend in 2020 was 115 crimes per 1,000 people.

In June 2017, Bridgend had the worst crime rate in Wales for burglary, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.6 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2016 was also a bad month for Bridgend residents, when it was Wales's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bridgend are violence and sexual offences, with 619 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 42% lower than 2019's figure of 878 offences and a difference of 16.78 from 2019's crime rate of 57. Bridgend's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 17% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bridgend This Year

 Bridgend
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour84154.49
Bicycle Theft100.65
Burglary704.54
Criminal Damage and Arson18511.99
Drugs18311.86
Other Crime301.94
Other Theft1217.84
Possession of Weapons140.91
Public Order26817.37
Robbery60.39
Shoplifting20513.28
Theft From the Person140.91
Vehicle Crime462.98
Violence and Sexual Offences61940.11

Bridgend Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40365054Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.840.520.580.65Getting worse
Burglary10854.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141512Safer
Drugs881212Getting worse
Other Crime2.52.11.91.9Safer
Other Theft1613118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.521.00.970.91Getting worse
Public Order14152517Safer
Robbery0.390.710.450.39Safer
Shoplifting19241813Safer
Theft From the Person1.31.91.60.91Safer
Vehicle Crime63.92.93.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42485740Safer

Comparing Bridgend to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5060% safer
Sheffield73.9955% safer
Kirklees74.2355% safer
Croydon77.1849% safer
Bradford79.1945% safer
London80.7042% safer
Birmingham89.0229% safer
Bristol91.5725% safer
Leeds91.9025% safer
Leicester102.5112% safer
Liverpool105.948% safer
Bridgend114.75-

Crime in Bridgend During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bridgend change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bridgend saw a 500% increase in other crime. Bridgend saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 85% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Bridgend's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-30%+76%+84%+66%+49%-21%-10%-33%+37%
Bicycle Theft--+100%------
Burglary-57%+33%-+67%+80%-77%+267%-73%-22%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+14%+67%-25%-46%+25%+13%-62%-56%
Drugs-33%-33%-29%+22%+145%+64%+36%+19%-14%
Other Crime-75%-50%-+200%-50%-+500%+50%+100%
Other Theft-47%-33%-42%+8%+10%+29%-83%-31%-
Possession of Weapons-75%-50%-50%----+50%-
Public Order-19%-17%-45%--6%+16%-51%-76%-20%
Robbery---+200%-----
Shoplifting-26%-85%-35%-10%+15%-30%-16%-63%-67%
Theft From the Person-+50%-----50%+50%-50%
Vehicle Crime-70%-25%-+200%+67%-33%-25%+50%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-51%-25%-27%-23%-3%-35%-35%-50%

Bridgend's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Bridgend
Brackla56347146% safer
Coity Higher52557101% safer
Cornelly4836480% safer
Garw Valley4525899% safer
Laleston43733250% safer
Maesteg1,2307064% safer
Ogmore Valley5036286% safer
Pencoed32034239% safer
Porthcawl81551127% safer
Pyle40653118% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bridgend

What police force serves Bridgend?
Bridgend's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Bridgend?
Bridgend is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Wales.
What is Bridgend's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bridgend are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bridgend?
Bridgend's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021