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Crime and Safety in Aberystwyth

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Aberystwyth is the most dangerous small town in Dyfed, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Dyfed's 199 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Aberystwyth in 2021 was 186 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dyfed's overall crime rate, coming in 61% higher than the Dyfed rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Aberystwyth is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns, and the 86th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Aberystwyth had the worst crime rate in Dyfed for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.74 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Aberystwyth residents, when it was Dyfed's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Aberystwyth recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for possession of weapons in Dyfed that month.

The most common crimes in Aberystwyth are violence and sexual offences, with 978 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 91. This is 38% higher than 2020's figure of 602 offences and a difference of 34.96 from 2020's crime rate of 56. Aberystwyth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 29% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Aberystwyth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Dyfed

60% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

59% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Aberystwyth is 60% higher than Wales and 59% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Aberystwyth Crime Rate Over Time

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Aberystwyth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Aberystwyth represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Aberystwyth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211862,006
20201281,372
20191501,615
20181361,466
20171371,475
20161271,368

Crime in Aberystwyth Compared To Dyfed

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Summary of Crimes in Aberystwyth This Year

 AberystwythDyfed 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47243.885,90915.31 65% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.651080.28 57% more dangerous
Burglary666.149402.44 60% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21019.523,1358.13 58% more dangerous
Drugs14913.851,3163.41 75% more dangerous
Other Crime272.515381.39 45% more dangerous
Other Theft968.931,6594.30 52% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons262.421720.45 81% more dangerous
Public Order30828.643,5789.27 68% more dangerous
Shoplifting10910.139572.48 76% more dangerous
Theft From the Person121.121010.26 77% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime181.674691.22 27% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences97890.9314,82838.43 58% more dangerous

Aberystwyth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pembroke71588.15112% safer
Pembroke Dock1,037107.2974% safer
Carmarthen1,729118.5057% safer
Milford Haven1,848122.3252% safer
Haverfordwest1,805143.1430% safer
Aberystwyth2,006186.50-

Crime Over Time in Aberystwyth

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Recent Crimes in Aberystwyth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Terrace RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Heol-Y-BontUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Y Lon GefnUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Terrace RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Portland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rhodfa'R GogleddInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Tan Y CaeFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garth DinasUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Y Stryd NewyddFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rheidol RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Quay RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Albert PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Boulevard St BrieucOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heol-Y-BontUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Conference/Exhibition CentreUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Aberystwyth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour53456144 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.70.930.460.65 Safer
Burglary764.06 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20201320 Safer
Drugs9121414 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.92.22.5 Getting worse
Other Theft1311109 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.41.72.4 Getting worse
Public Order11161629 Getting worse
Shoplifting1113810 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.460.461.1 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.11.71.31.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56635691 Getting worse

Changes In Aberystwyth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Aberystwyth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Aberystwyth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Penparcau Playing Field611--110

Comparing Aberystwyth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08178% safer
Croydon82.48126% safer
Sheffield90.05107% safer
Bristol90.52106% safer
Coventry102.2482% safer
Leicester111.5967% safer
Liverpool123.0652% safer
Birmingham129.6444% safer
Bradford132.2841% safer
Leeds150.9424% safer
Aberystwyth186.50-

Crime in Aberystwyth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Aberystwyth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Aberystwyth saw a 300% increase in drugs. Aberystwyth saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%+100%+76%+42%+48%+44%+112%+59%+22%-35%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-17%-88%+133%-67%-33%+50%-25%-+40%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-88%--78%-88%-16%+7%-24%-45%-63%
Drugs+36%-33%+31%+300%+186%-55%+14%-44%+31%-38%
Other Crime-67%-+200%-25%-+33%+67%-67%--
Other Theft-20%+25%+60%-70%+86%--37%-13%--67%
Possession of Weapons+100%--+300%---+50%--
Public Order+30%-40%-60%+33%+7%+11%-43%+38%-5%-32%
Shoplifting-18%-86%-86%-69%-33%-13%+50%+43%-33%-71%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime----75%-50%-67%--33%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%-29%-35%+11%-14%+16%+2%-5%-16%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Aberystwyth

What police force serves Aberystwyth?
Aberystwyth's local territorial police force is the Dyfed-Powys Police.

How dangerous is Aberystwyth?
Aberystwyth is the most dangerous small town in Dyfed.

What is Aberystwyth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Aberystwyth are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Aberystwyth?
Aberystwyth's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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