Bangor Crime Overview

Bangor is the second most dangerous small town in Gwynedd, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bangor in 2020 was 119 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 47% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bangor is the 27th most dangerous small town, and the 279th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Bangor had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Bangor residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Bangor recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during November 2020, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Bangor are violence and sexual offences, with 814 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 50. This is 4.1% lower than 2019's figure of 847 offences and a difference of 2.01 from 2019's crime rate of 52. Bangor's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 175% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bangor This Year

 BangorGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour71543.644,38922.6648% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft231.40770.4071% more dangerous
Burglary643.915102.6333% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson26716.301,5848.1850% more dangerous
Drugs845.133831.9861% more dangerous
Other Crime372.262661.3739% more dangerous
Other Theft1227.458694.4940% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons231.40650.3476% more dangerous
Public Order28817.581,4527.5057% more dangerous
Robbery40.24300.1538% more dangerous
Shoplifting17210.505162.6675% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.73290.1579% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime412.502661.3745% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences81449.696,11931.6036% more dangerous

Crime in Bangor Compared To Gwynedd

Bangor Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holyhead1,404117.191.6% safer
Bangor1,951119.09-
Caernarfon1,309128.147% more dangerous

Bangor Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41323344Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.81.12.11.4Safer
Burglary9873.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17141816Getting worse
Drugs4.164.85Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.22.02.3Getting worse
Other Theft1211127Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.850.611.4Getting worse
Public Order9141718Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.240.670.24Safer
Shoplifting16152010Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.980.731.50.73Safer
Vehicle Crime54.84.32.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37465250Getting worse

Changes In Bangor's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Bangor to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7176% safer
Coventry77.4154% safer
Croydon83.2243% safer
Sheffield85.8139% safer
Bristol86.2138% safer
Leicester97.4422% safer
Birmingham102.8716% safer
Liverpool107.2811% safer
Bangor119.09-
Bradford133.0210% more dangerous
Leeds137.1013% more dangerous

Crime in Bangor's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bangor City1,401146First
Bangor South71886Second

Crime in Bangor During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bangor change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bangor saw a 500% increase in drugs. Bangor saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019. Burglary saw a fall in every month of Bangor's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+121%-5%-20%-28%+33%+83%-1%+19%+63%+38%
Bicycle Theft+50%+200%---+100%+67%-+100%-
Burglary-67%-80%-36%-67%-67%--73%-57%-33%-45%
Criminal Damage and Arson+57%-37%-17%-44%-64%+44%--19%-13%-52%
Drugs+33%+500%-25%+75%+14%+250%-46%-64%-+33%
Other Crime+500%+33%-20%--57%+200%+200%---
Other Theft+20%-42%-79%-62%+8%+21%-58%-43%-53%-73%
Possession of Weapons+150%-+50%-----+100%-
Public Order-11%-18%-38%+9%+27%+15%+17%-29%-19%+29%
Robbery--50%--------
Shoplifting-70%-50%-77%-43%-74%-56%-67%-74%-45%-57%
Theft From the Person---60%----75%-67%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+33%+33%-88%---83%-57%---83%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-27%-12%-8%+35%-+7%+13%-12%-39%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bangor

What police force serves Bangor?
Bangor's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Bangor?
Bangor is the second most dangerous small town in Gwynedd.
What is Bangor's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bangor are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bangor?
Bangor's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021