Bettws Crime Overview

Bettws is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gwent, and is the 49th most dangerous overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bettws in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Gwent rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bettws is the 341st most dangerous small town, and the 2,216th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Bettws was the worst small town in Gwent for other crime, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.87 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2017 was also a bad month for Bettws residents, when it was Gwent's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Bettws recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during September 2017, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Gwent that month.

The most common crimes in Bettws are violence and sexual offences, with 203 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 0.99% lower than 2019's figure of 205 offences and a difference of 0.24 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Bettws's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Bettws Compared To Gwent

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Summary of Crimes in Bettws This Year

 BettwsGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29236.3023,95440.3011% safer
Bicycle Theft50.622860.4823% more dangerous
Burglary212.612,2213.7443% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson212.611,3262.2315% more dangerous
Drugs303.731,7702.9820% more dangerous
Other Crime182.241,4262.407% safer
Other Theft242.983,3175.5887% safer
Possession of Weapons50.622570.4331% more dangerous
Public Order11314.057,95713.394.7% more dangerous
Robbery30.372490.4214% safer
Shoplifting121.492,4244.08174% safer
Theft From the Person40.502220.3726% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime121.492,5004.21183% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20325.2419,20732.3128% safer

Bettws Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fairwater59350.8915% safer
Liswerry70351.1414% safer
Gaer49554.687% safer
Monmouth63956.673.3% safer
Chepstow71157.192.4% safer
Bettws47158.55-
Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen64059.571.7% more dangerous
Ringland51361.464.7% more dangerous
Pontllanfraith56765.9111% more dangerous
Abertillery76366.9913% more dangerous
Victoria55768.2814% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bettws

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Recent Crimes in Bettws

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Tamar CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Tamar CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tamar CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elan CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Tyne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clist RoadLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clist RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021RobberyOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Mill HeathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill HeathUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill HeathUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Plym WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BrynUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nidd CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near Tyne CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Bettws Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23191436Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.250.620.62Getting worse
Burglary0.500.991.92.6Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson122.52.42.6Safer
Drugs0.621.52.53.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.21.71.12.2Getting worse
Other Theft63.83.73.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.750.120.120.62Getting worse
Public Order89914Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.250.250.37Getting worse
Shoplifting53.72.21.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.370.370.50Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.22.13.01.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18232525Getting worse

Changes In Bettws's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bettws to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bettws58.55-
Barnet67.7114% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Bettws's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bettws975121First

Crime in Bettws During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bettws change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bettws saw a 771% increase in anti-social behaviour. Bettws saw a large fall in shoplifting during September, when it fell by 67% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+771%+290%+725%+180%+90%+567%+220%-45%+175%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--50%+100%-----+50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson----+100%--+100%--
Drugs+50%+50%+600%+300%-50%-50%----50%
Other Crime-50%---------
Other Theft+200%-+100%-+700%---+100%-50%
Public Order+125%-36%+100%+40%+100%+233%+100%+38%-+100%
Shoplifting-------67%-67%--
Vehicle Crime---50%--50%-50%--+200%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%+11%+63%-6%-31%+64%+27%-24%-45%-31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bettws

What police force serves Bettws?
Bettws's local territorial police force is the Gwent Police.
How dangerous is Bettws?
Bettws is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Gwent.
What is Bettws's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bettws are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bettws?
Bettws's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021