Aberystwyth Crime Overview

Aberystwyth is the second most dangerous small town in Dyfed, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Dyfed's 200 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Aberystwyth in 2020 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dyfed's overall crime rate, coming in 53% higher than the Dyfed rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Aberystwyth is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 224th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Aberystwyth had the worst crime rate in Dyfed for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Aberystwyth residents, when it was Dyfed's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Aberystwyth recorded 20 reports of drugs during July 2020, making its crime rate of 1.9 the worst for drugs in Dyfed that month.

The most common crimes in Aberystwyth are violence and sexual offences, with 602 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 680 offences and a difference of 7.25 from 2019's crime rate of 63. Aberystwyth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

Compare Aberystwyth to other towns and cities

See how Aberystwyth shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Aberystwyth and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Aberystwyth Compared To Dyfed

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Summary of Crimes in Aberystwyth This Year

 AberystwythDyfed 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour65861.1812,54332.5147% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.46780.2057% more dangerous
Burglary434.001,0512.7232% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson14013.022,7357.0946% more dangerous
Drugs15013.951,5654.0671% more dangerous
Other Crime242.235811.5132% more dangerous
Other Theft1079.951,7294.4855% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons181.671930.5070% more dangerous
Public Order16815.622,0975.4365% more dangerous
Robbery50.46490.1372% more dangerous
Shoplifting918.461,0092.6269% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.46620.1665% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.305921.5318% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences60255.9711,45929.7047% more dangerous

Aberystwyth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llanelli Rural1,46862.86103% safer
Pembroke62577.0666% safer
Carmarthen1,39395.4734% safer
Milford Haven1,618107.1019% safer
Pembroke Dock1,051108.7417% safer
Aberystwyth1,372127.56-
Haverfordwest1,617128.230.52% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Aberystwyth

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Aberystwyth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour64534561Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.70.930.46Safer
Burglary8764.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20202013Safer
Drugs1091214Getting worse
Other Crime2.32.02.92.2Safer
Other Theft14131110Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.11.41.7Getting worse
Public Order9111616Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.560.650.46Safer
Shoplifting1411138Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.10.460.46Safer
Vehicle Crime3.22.11.71.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52566356Safer

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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Penparcau Playing Field611--110

Comparing Aberystwyth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7188% safer
Coventry77.4165% safer
Croydon83.2253% safer
Sheffield85.8149% safer
Bristol86.2148% safer
Leicester97.4431% safer
Birmingham102.8724% safer
Liverpool107.2819% safer
Aberystwyth127.56-
Bradford133.024.1% more dangerous
Leeds137.107% more dangerous

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 second 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021