Abergavenny Crime Overview

Abergavenny is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gwent, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Abergavenny in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 1.4% lower than the Gwent rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Abergavenny is the 183rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,334th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2017, Abergavenny had the worst crime rate in Gwent for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Abergavenny are violence and sexual offences, with 332 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 286 offences and a difference of 4.48 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Abergavenny's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Abergavenny This Year

 AbergavennyGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36435.4523,95440.3014% safer
Bicycle Theft40.392860.4823% safer
Burglary262.532,2213.7448% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson191.851,3262.2321% safer
Drugs434.191,7702.9829% more dangerous
Other Crime181.751,4262.4037% safer
Other Theft595.753,3175.583.0% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.292570.4348% safer
Public Order13613.257,95713.391.1% safer
Robbery30.292490.4245% safer
Shoplifting464.482,4244.089% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.292220.3728% safer
Vehicle Crime434.192,5004.210.48% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33232.3419,20732.310.09% more dangerous

Crime in Abergavenny Compared To Gwent

Abergavenny Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ringland51361.4616% safer
Pontllanfraith56765.919% safer
Abertillery76366.997% safer
Victoria55768.284.8% safer
Caerphilly1,08968.524.5% safer
Abergavenny73571.59-
Gelligaer1,40173.412.5% more dangerous
Blackwood65377.418% more dangerous
Nantyglo and Blaina73577.478% more dangerous
Tredegar1,27382.5113% more dangerous
Bargoed1,11190.7221% more dangerous

Abergavenny Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212035Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.880.390.39Safer
Burglary1.33.13.92.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson113.02.51.8Safer
Drugs2.64.74.74.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.02.01.8Safer
Other Theft91186Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.490.880.29Safer
Public Order4.6131713Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.290.490.29Safer
Shoplifting9894.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.391.10.680.29Safer
Vehicle Crime53.63.74.2Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19322832Getting worse

Changes In Abergavenny's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Abergavenny to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.716% safer
Abergavenny71.59-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8730% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Abergavenny's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Abergavenny North49064First

Crime in Abergavenny During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Abergavenny change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Abergavenny saw a 500% increase in vehicle crime. Abergavenny saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Abergavenny's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+250%+172%+24%+142%-+171%+37%-6%+118%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-20%---+200%+33%-60%-50%-50%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+20%-+300%-80%--+100%--50%
Drugs+50%-+133%-13%+17%--75%+25%--70%
Other Crime-50%-+100%-50%--50%-+100%-75%-
Other Theft+50%-60%-30%-50%+133%-25%-20%-63%-25%-60%
Public Order+10%+8%-57%-71%-21%+40%-6%-42%-9%+25%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-13%-50%+100%-60%-50%-73%-71%-64%-83%-60%
Vehicle Crime+125%-33%-38%-+150%+500%-50%--25%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-+10%-22%+41%+43%+4%+61%-24%+85%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Abergavenny

What police force serves Abergavenny?
Abergavenny's local territorial police force is the Gwent Police.
How dangerous is Abergavenny?
Abergavenny is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gwent.
What is Abergavenny's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Abergavenny are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Abergavenny?
Abergavenny's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021