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Crime and Safety in Bangor, Gwynedd

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Bangor is the second most dangerous small town in Gwynedd, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bangor in 2021 was 113 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bangor is the 44th most dangerous small town, and the 389th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Bangor had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bangor residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Bangor recorded 14 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.85 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Bangor are violence and sexual offences, with 839 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 3.0% higher than 2020's figure of 814 offences and a difference of 1.52 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Bangor's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 188% from 2020's figure of 23 crimes.

Bangor 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Gwynedd

34% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

36% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bangor is 34% higher than Wales and 36% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bangor Crime Rate Over Time

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Bangor Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bangor represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bangor

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211131,855
20201191,951
20191422,321
20181222,005
20171161,893
20161011,647

Crime in Bangor Compared To Gwynedd

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Summary of Crimes in Bangor This Year

 BangorGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61337.424,25621.98 41% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft221.34720.37 72% more dangerous
Burglary653.974122.13 46% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21212.941,5828.17 37% more dangerous
Drugs734.463771.95 56% more dangerous
Other Crime231.402491.29 8% more dangerous
Other Theft1277.759354.83 38% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.49630.33 33% more dangerous
Public Order27917.031,8629.61 44% more dangerous
Robbery80.49310.16 67% more dangerous
Shoplifting1458.854472.31 74% more dangerous
Theft From the Person80.49390.20 59% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime462.812031.05 63% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences83951.216,69534.57 32% more dangerous

Bangor Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caernarfon1,128110.432.5% safer
Bangor1,855113.23-
Holyhead1,549129.2912% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bangor

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Recent Crimes in Bangor

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryd AmbroseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pen-Y-WernInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near York PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ffordd FarrarInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rhodfa'R FrenhinesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ffordd BelmontUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llys TudurUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lon-Y-GlyderUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Station RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Llys MairUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryd FawrUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near CilcoedFormal action is not in the public interest

Bangor Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32334437 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.12.11.41.3 Safer
Burglary873.94.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14181613 Safer
Drugs64.854.5 Safer
Other Crime1.22.02.31.4 Safer
Other Theft111278 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.611.40.49 Safer
Public Order14171817 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.670.240.49 Getting worse
Shoplifting1520109 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.731.50.730.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.84.32.52.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46525051 Getting worse

Changes In Bangor's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bangor's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bangor that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George's Field2---7211

Comparing Bangor to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93184% safer
Birmingham49.60128% safer
Barnet67.0869% safer
Croydon82.4837% safer
Sheffield90.0326% safer
Bristol90.5225% safer
Leicester111.591.5% safer
Bangor113.23-
Liverpool123.068% more dangerous
Bradford132.2814% more dangerous
Leeds150.9425% more dangerous

Crime in Bangor's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bangor City1,297135First
Bangor South82299Second

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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