Caernarfon Crime Overview

Caernarfon is the most dangerous small town in Gwynedd, and is the most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Caernarfon in 2020 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 51% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Caernarfon is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 220th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Caernarfon had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.69 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Caernarfon residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Caernarfon recorded 4 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst for drugs in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Caernarfon are violence and sexual offences, with 598 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 661 offences and a difference of 6.17 from 2019's crime rate of 65. Caernarfon's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 167% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Caernarfon Compared To Gwynedd

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Summary of Crimes in Caernarfon This Year

 CaernarfonGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43642.684,38922.6647% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.88770.4055% more dangerous
Burglary626.075102.6357% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19619.191,5848.1857% more dangerous
Drugs393.823831.9848% more dangerous
Other Crime262.552661.3746% more dangerous
Other Theft898.718694.4948% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.88650.3461% more dangerous
Public Order15815.471,4527.5052% more dangerous
Robbery30.29300.1548% more dangerous
Shoplifting888.615162.6669% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.29290.1548% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime292.842661.3752% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences59858.546,11931.6046% more dangerous

Caernarfon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holyhead1,404117.199% safer
Bangor1,951119.098% safer
Caernarfon1,309128.14-

Crime Over Time in Caernarfon

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Recent Crimes in Caernarfon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parc MariauUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ffordd CwsteninUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Pwllheli RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Cefn TalarUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near St David'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ffordd WernInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cae LlwybrUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Ffordd BangorUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cae BerllanUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Pen DeitshUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Twllyn Y WalUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near Glan CadnantUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Caernarfon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52323743Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.490.491.10.88Getting worse
Burglary7676Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson23221919Safer
Drugs4.83.94.23.8Safer
Other Crime2.11.43.32.6Getting worse
Other Theft1010129Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.780.590.88Getting worse
Public Order5111615Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.390.780.29Safer
Shoplifting148109Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.590.490.780.29Safer
Vehicle Crime4.04.43.22.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45516559Getting worse

Changes In Caernarfon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Caernarfon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7189% safer
Coventry77.4166% safer
Croydon83.2254% safer
Sheffield85.8149% safer
Bristol86.2149% safer
Leicester97.4432% safer
Birmingham102.8725% safer
Liverpool107.2819% safer
Caernarfon128.14-
Bradford133.023.7% more dangerous
Leeds137.107% more dangerous

Crime in Caernarfon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Caernarfon East987116First

Crime in Caernarfon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Caernarfon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Caernarfon saw a 1,000% increase in vehicle crime. Caernarfon saw a large fall in burglary during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+15%+3%-24%+63%+27%+39%+11%+10%+9%
Bicycle Theft-+50%--+100%-75%----
Burglary-53%+67%+67%-75%+67%-20%-67%-30%-43%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-7%-58%-20%+40%+63%-30%-12%-+6%-46%
Drugs-20%-75%+50%-50%-60%--50%--20%+67%
Other Crime--75%-60%-50%-33%+75%-+50%+200%-
Other Theft+17%+29%-64%+33%-36%-57%-31%-+50%-78%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-21%-47%-14%-32%+55%+33%-20%+18%-54%-9%
Robbery---------50%-
Shoplifting-38%-36%+40%+71%-33%-64%-57%-83%+225%-79%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+200%-33%+1,000%----50%+20%-67%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-5%-12%-32%+14%-13%+8%-7%-31%-57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Caernarfon

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

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021