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Crime and Safety in Alway

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Alway is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gwent, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Alway in 2021 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 1.3% lower than the Gwent rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Alway is the 245th most dangerous small town, and the 1,489th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2017, Alway had the worst crime rate in Gwent for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2015 was also a bad month for Alway residents, when it was Gwent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 93 crimes at a rate of 11 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Alway are violence and sexual offences, with 302 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 328 offences and a difference of 2.96 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Alway's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Alway 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Gwent

6% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Alway is 6% lower than Wales and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Alway Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Alway 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 Alway

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202171624
202073638
201980700
201878683
201790789
201674651

Crime in Alway Compared To Gwent

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Summary of Crimes in Alway This Year

 AlwayGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29934.0917,56229.55 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.913180.54 41% more dangerous
Burglary293.311,8993.19 3.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson182.059681.63 20% more dangerous
Drugs182.051,4822.49 21% safer
Other Crime242.741,3882.34 15% more dangerous
Other Theft293.313,3445.63 70% safer
Possession of Weapons30.342600.44 29% safer
Public Order13114.938,06613.57 9% more dangerous
Robbery50.572610.44 23% more dangerous
Shoplifting131.482,1663.64 146% safer
Vehicle Crime445.022,2013.70 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30234.4320,32834.20 0.67% more dangerous

Alway Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Beechwood50064.2811% safer
Abertillery74865.678% safer
Abergavenny67565.748% safer
Gelligaer1,25865.928% safer
Nantyglo and Blaina66369.881.8% safer
Alway62471.14-
Blackwood64576.467% more dangerous
St. Julians70981.6113% more dangerous
Ringland74889.6121% more dangerous
Bargoed1,12691.9423% more dangerous
Liswerry1,33497.0427% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Alway

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Recent Crimes in Alway

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Aberthaw CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linden RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Stanford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Chepstow RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Farmwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Conway CroftUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Vaughan Williams DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Purcell SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Windsor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Hawthorne AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ladyhill CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Farmwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Gilbert CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Wyeverne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Penkin HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Theft from the personOn or near Penkin HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Public orderOn or near Warwick LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Myrtle GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Glanwern AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The RedlandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Alway Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21304034 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.460.680.460.91 Getting worse
Burglary772.83.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson53.84.12.0 Safer
Drugs2.82.41.82.0 Safer
Other Crime3.81.44.02.7 Getting worse
Other Theft63.43.33.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.340.460.340.34 Safer
Public Order12161115 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.680.680.57No change
Shoplifting2.52.31.41.5 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.0755 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33353734 Getting worse

Changes In Alway's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Alway to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.086% safer
Alway71.14-
Croydon82.4814% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0521% more dangerous
Bristol90.5221% more dangerous
Coventry102.2430% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Alway During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Alway change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Alway saw a 400% increase in other crime. Alway saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+228%+103%+68%+50%-10%+14%-18%-16%+133%
Burglary-50%-91%-80%-33%-25%-60%+20%-50%+100%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-40%-60%+50%-17%+100%--+100%-
Drugs-50%-50%+33%--75%--+200%--
Other Crime+100%+100%+100%-+300%+400%+100%-+300%-
Other Theft-80%-67%-50%+200%-50%+200%-75%-25%+300%+50%
Public Order-87%-79%-8%-23%-20%+83%+8%-70%-46%+67%
Robbery---50%-------
Shoplifting---67%---67%----
Vehicle Crime-55%+33%-25%-+133%-14%-57%+50%-67%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-27%+35%-10%+10%-31%+42%+50%+52%+13%+24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Alway

What police force serves Alway?
Alway's local territorial police force is the Gwent Police.

How dangerous is Alway?
Alway is among the top 20 most dangerous small town in Gwent.

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

What is the least common crime in Alway?
Alway's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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