Blackwood Crime Overview

Blackwood is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Gwent, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Blackwood in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Gwent rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Blackwood is the 139th most dangerous small town, and the 1,083rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2016, Blackwood had the worst crime rate in Gwent for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Blackwood are violence and sexual offences, with 269 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 27% lower than 2019's figure of 341 offences and a difference of 8.53 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Blackwood's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Blackwood Compared To Gwent

Summary of Crimes in Blackwood This Year

 BlackwoodGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36242.9123,95440.306% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.122860.48300% safer
Burglary344.032,2213.747% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson232.731,3262.2318% more dangerous
Drugs252.961,7702.980.68% safer
Other Crime141.661,4262.4045% safer
Other Theft516.053,3175.588% more dangerous
Public Order15117.907,95713.3925% more dangerous
Robbery20.242490.4275% safer
Shoplifting647.592,4244.0846% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.472220.3721% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime151.782,5004.21137% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26931.8919,20732.311.3% safer

Blackwood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Abertillery76366.9916% safer
Victoria55768.2813% safer
Caerphilly1,08968.5213% safer
Abergavenny73571.598% safer
Gelligaer1,40173.415% safer
Blackwood65377.41-
Nantyglo and Blaina73577.470.08% more dangerous
Tredegar1,27382.516% more dangerous
Bargoed1,11190.7215% more dangerous
Pillgwenlly83594.4218% more dangerous
Rhymney936105.4127% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Blackwood

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Blackwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38283743Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.120.360.470.12Safer
Burglary0.953.04.04.0Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson174.64.52.7Safer
Drugs2.10.953.23.0Getting worse
Other Crime2.41.92.01.7Safer
Other Theft8766Safer
Public Order9182418Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.240.470.24Safer
Shoplifting1814178Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.590.360.47Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.03.33.61.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26374032Safer

Changes In Blackwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Blackwood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7114% safer
Blackwood77.41-
Coventry77.410% safer
Croydon83.227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8110% more dangerous
Bristol86.2110% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2828% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% more dangerous

Crime in Blackwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Blackwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Blackwood saw a 500% increase in other crime. Blackwood saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 87% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Blackwood's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%+77%+78%+30%-30%-4%+72%+4%-20%+94%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--+200%-25%-+67%-75%-60%-33%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-33%-78%-50%----50%+200%-
Drugs--+100%+200%-50%--80%+100%+33%-75%
Other Crime+100%-50%---50%--+500%-80%-
Other Theft+40%-50%-60%+75%-17%-+33%+400%--40%
Public Order+6%-59%-63%-14%-29%+22%+15%-54%-55%-67%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-33%-87%-36%-43%-80%-25%-80%-72%-80%-43%
Vehicle Crime-50%-80%---67%-75%--75%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+93%-46%-50%-3%-6%-36%-32%-43%-35%-41%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Blackwood

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021