Carmarthen Crime Overview

Carmarthen is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dyfed, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Dyfed's 200 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Carmarthen in 2020 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dyfed's overall crime rate, coming in 37% higher than the Dyfed rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carmarthen is the 69th most dangerous small town, and the 582nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Carmarthen had the worst crime rate in Dyfed for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Carmarthen residents, when it was Dyfed's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Carmarthen recorded 2 reports of robbery during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst for robbery in Dyfed that month.

The most common crimes in Carmarthen are violence and sexual offences, with 607 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 16% lower than 2019's figure of 703 offences and a difference of 6.58 from 2019's crime rate of 48. Carmarthen's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 40% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Carmarthen Compared To Dyfed

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Summary of Crimes in Carmarthen This Year

 CarmarthenDyfed 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour66145.3012,54332.5128% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.55780.2064% more dangerous
Burglary443.021,0512.7210% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1349.182,7357.0923% more dangerous
Drugs1339.121,5654.0655% more dangerous
Other Crime241.645811.518% more dangerous
Other Theft745.071,7294.4812% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons191.301930.5062% more dangerous
Public Order1147.812,0975.4330% more dangerous
Robbery50.34490.1362% more dangerous
Shoplifting19413.301,0092.6280% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.34620.1653% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime322.195921.5330% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences60741.6011,45929.7029% more dangerous

Carmarthen Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llandybie37532.69192% safer
Pembrey and Burry Port Town51862.3153% safer
Llanelli Rural1,46862.8652% safer
Pembroke62577.0624% safer
Carmarthen1,39395.47-
Milford Haven1,618107.1011% more dangerous
Pembroke Dock1,051108.7412% more dangerous
Aberystwyth1,372127.5625% more dangerous
Haverfordwest1,617128.2326% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carmarthen

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Carmarthen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour56443745Safer
Bicycle Theft0.270.410.340.55Getting worse
Burglary53.753.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1613139Safer
Drugs6579Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.42.11.6Getting worse
Other Theft1311105Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.620.821.3Getting worse
Public Order4.9788Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.270.480.34Safer
Shoplifting21211613Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.340.690.34Safer
Vehicle Crime1.82.44.52.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36424842Safer

Changes In Carmarthen's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Carmarthen's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Carmarthen that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Carmarthen Wanderers Cricket Club-21-223.0
Parc Hinds3-1-6110

Comparing Carmarthen to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7141% safer
Coventry77.4123% safer
Croydon83.2215% safer
Sheffield85.8111% safer
Bristol86.2111% safer
Carmarthen95.47-
Leicester97.442.0% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Carmarthen's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Carmarthen North27253First

Crime in Carmarthen During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Carmarthen change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Carmarthen saw a 333% increase in drugs. Carmarthen saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Carmarthen's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+3%+100%+117%+7%+46%+91%+26%+6%+8%-38%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+233%-82%-57%-88%--33%-88%-71%-25%+150%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-40%-50%+63%-70%-21%+6%-47%-47%-58%
Drugs+125%+67%+82%+56%+333%+25%-22%-38%-22%-50%
Other Crime--+33%+100%--67%+50%-+100%-
Other Theft+8%-14%-56%-50%-79%-47%-53%-59%-67%-78%
Possession of Weapons+200%--75%-50%-+100%+200%-50%+100%-
Public Order-80%-25%-63%+57%-44%+45%+171%-+14%+22%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+20%-63%+64%+35%+92%-50%-65%-61%+15%-60%
Theft From the Person-----67%-50%----
Vehicle Crime+300%-57%-40%-80%-67%-75%-25%--33%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-44%+11%-6%-22%+39%-28%-18%-13%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Carmarthen

What police force serves Carmarthen?
Carmarthen's local territorial police force is the Dyfed-Powys Police.
How dangerous is Carmarthen?
Carmarthen is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Dyfed.
What is Carmarthen's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Carmarthen are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Carmarthen?
Carmarthen's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021