Monmouth Crime Overview

Monmouth is among the top 20 safest small towns in Gwent, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Gwent's 117 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Monmouth in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Gwent's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the Gwent rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Monmouth is the 361st most dangerous small town, and the 2,372nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Monmouth had the worst crime rate in Gwent for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Monmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 218 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 33% lower than 2019's figure of 290 offences and a difference of 6.39 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Monmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Monmouth Compared To Gwent

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Summary of Crimes in Monmouth This Year

 MonmouthGwent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28525.2723,95440.3059% safer
Bicycle Theft60.532860.489% more dangerous
Burglary282.482,2213.7451% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson221.951,3262.2314% safer
Drugs272.391,7702.9825% safer
Other Crime232.041,4262.4018% safer
Other Theft544.793,3175.5816% safer
Possession of Weapons30.272570.4359% safer
Public Order12611.177,95713.3920% safer
Robbery30.272490.4256% safer
Shoplifting998.782,4244.0854% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.182220.37106% safer
Vehicle Crime282.482,5004.2170% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21819.3319,20732.3167% safer

Monmouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caldicot46646.5822% safer
Panteg38149.9313% safer
Fairwater59350.8911% safer
Liswerry70351.1411% safer
Gaer49554.683.6% safer
Monmouth63956.67-
Chepstow71157.190.91% more dangerous
Bettws47158.553.2% more dangerous
Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen64059.574.9% more dangerous
Ringland51361.468% more dangerous
Pontllanfraith56765.9114% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Monmouth

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Recent Crimes in Monmouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Cornwallis WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Nailer'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lon LeasbrookInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near Grosmont CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Wyatt CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Wyatt CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tudor RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Tudor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shelley CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shelley CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Forge RoadUnable 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 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakfield RoadOffender given a caution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cinderhill StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Primrose CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Primrose CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Monnow StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Monmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21151125Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.530.890.53Safer
Burglary1.22.34.82.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson71.21.52.0Safer
Drugs0.981.21.52.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.981.21.12.0Getting worse
Other Theft9774.8Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.350.180.27Getting worse
Public Order2.87811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.270.090.27Getting worse
Shoplifting101499Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.891.10.180.18Safer
Vehicle Crime3.73.53.32.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11182619Getting worse

Changes In Monmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Monmouth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Monmouth56.67-
Barnet67.7116% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2232% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8134% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Monmouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Monmouth & Wyesham63957First

Crime in Monmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Monmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Monmouth saw a 600% increase in shoplifting. Monmouth saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+418%+206%+127%+62%+400%+80%+83%+157%+56%
Bicycle Theft---+100%+200%-----
Burglary-83%+100%-67%-80%+100%---60%-33%-88%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%--+50%---50%---
Drugs--50%+50%-50%--+100%+200%+50%-25%
Other Crime---50%+200%-+200%-67%--25%-
Other Theft--67%-91%--40%+300%-86%-75%--67%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------
Public Order+117%-+25%-+180%+45%-38%-13%+43%+75%
Shoplifting-60%-58%--46%+67%-40%+600%+200%-13%-43%
Vehicle Crime+150%-67%+100%---33%-70%-33%--33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-39%-50%-17%-45%+19%-38%-33%-24%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Monmouth

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021