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Crime and Safety in Carmarthen

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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 199 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Carmarthen in 2021 was 118 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Dyfed's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Dyfed rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Carmarthen is the 44th most dangerous small town, and the 356th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Carmarthen had the worst crime rate in Dyfed for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Carmarthen residents, when it was Dyfed's most dangerous area for public order, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 1.9 per 1,000 residents. Carmarthen recorded 3 reports of robbery during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst for robbery in Dyfed that month.

The most common crimes in Carmarthen are violence and sexual offences, with 888 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 32% higher than 2020's figure of 607 offences and a difference of 19.26 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Carmarthen's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 533% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Carmarthen 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Dyfed

37% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

35% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Carmarthen is 37% higher than Wales and 35% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Carmarthen Crime Rate Over Time

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Carmarthen Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Carmarthen 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 Carmarthen

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211181,729
2020951,393
20191171,702
20181081,581
20171051,533
2016951,380

Crime in Carmarthen Compared To Dyfed

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Summary of Crimes in Carmarthen This Year

 CarmarthenDyfed 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37325.565,90915.31 40% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.341080.28 18% more dangerous
Burglary463.159402.44 23% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson16711.453,1358.13 29% more dangerous
Drugs936.371,3163.41 46% more dangerous
Other Crime312.125381.39 34% more dangerous
Other Theft855.831,6594.30 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.211720.45 114% safer
Public Order23916.383,5789.27 43% more dangerous
Robbery50.34410.11 68% more dangerous
Shoplifting1198.169572.48 70% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.271010.26 3.7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime443.024691.22 60% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences88860.8614,82838.43 37% more dangerous

Carmarthen Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llandybie49443.07175% safer
Pembrey and Burry Port Town55166.2879% safer
Llanelli Rural1,59568.3073% safer
Pembroke71588.1534% safer
Pembroke Dock1,037107.2910% safer
Carmarthen1,729118.50-
Milford Haven1,848122.323.1% more dangerous
Haverfordwest1,805143.1417% more dangerous
Aberystwyth2,006186.5036% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Carmarthen

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Recent Crimes in Carmarthen

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pentrefelin StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heol BecaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Morgan StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Priory StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park HallUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brynhaul StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pentrefelin StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cae CelynInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Public orderOn or near The GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St David'S StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ystrad DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maes DewiUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heol Morfa BreninInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A40Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Morley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The GroveUnable to prosecute suspect

Carmarthen Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour44374526 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.410.340.550.34No change
Burglary3.753.03.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1313911 Safer
Drugs5796 Getting worse
Other Crime1.42.11.62.1 Getting worse
Other Theft111056 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.821.30.21 Safer
Public Order78816 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.480.340.34 Safer
Shoplifting2116138 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.690.340.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.44.52.23.0 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences42484261 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0877% safer
Croydon82.4844% safer
Sheffield90.0532% safer
Bristol90.5231% safer
Coventry102.2416% safer
Leicester111.596% safer
Carmarthen118.50-
Liverpool123.063.7% more dangerous
Birmingham129.649% more dangerous
Bradford132.2810% more dangerous
Leeds150.9421% more dangerous

Crime in Carmarthen's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Carmarthen North45388First

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 town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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