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Crime and Safety in Caernarfon

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Caernarfon is the safest small town in Gwynedd, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Caernarfon in 2021 was 110 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Caernarfon is the 50th most dangerous small town, and the 425th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Caernarfon had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for burglary, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Caernarfon residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Caernarfon recorded 4 reports of other crime during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst for other crime in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Caernarfon are violence and sexual offences, with 554 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 598 offences and a difference of 4.31 from 2020's crime rate of 59. Caernarfon's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Caernarfon 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Gwynedd

32% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

34% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Caernarfon is 32% higher than Wales and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Caernarfon Crime Rate Over Time

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Caernarfon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Caernarfon 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 Caernarfon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211101,128
20201281,309
20191431,461
20181211,235
20171181,204
201696979

Crime in Caernarfon Compared To Gwynedd

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Summary of Crimes in Caernarfon This Year

 CaernarfonGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36735.934,25621.98 39% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.69720.37 46% more dangerous
Burglary292.844122.13 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson13413.121,5828.17 38% more dangerous
Drugs333.233771.95 40% more dangerous
Other Crime323.132491.29 59% more dangerous
Other Theft949.209354.83 48% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons111.08630.33 69% more dangerous
Public Order16616.251,8629.61 41% more dangerous
Robbery30.29310.16 45% more dangerous
Shoplifting474.604472.31 50% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.39390.20 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.372031.05 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences55454.236,69534.57 36% more dangerous

Caernarfon Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caernarfon1,128110.43-
Bangor1,855113.232.5% more dangerous
Holyhead1,549129.2915% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Caernarfon

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Recent Crimes in Caernarfon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llanberis RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Segontium Road SouthFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near HenwaliaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Lon Cae DarbiInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llys Yr EiflUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Glan SeiontUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cil IsafUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lon Cae DarbiInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lon ArfonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryd GarnonUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llys TryfanUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Allt PafiliwnInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lon CrwynUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pool HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cae Corn HirInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cae Corn HirUnable to prosecute suspect

Caernarfon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32374336 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.491.10.880.69 Getting worse
Burglary6762.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22191913 Safer
Drugs3.94.23.83.2 Safer
Other Crime1.43.32.63.1 Getting worse
Other Theft101299 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.590.881.1 Getting worse
Public Order11161516 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.780.290.29 Safer
Shoplifting81094.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.780.290.39 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.43.22.81.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51655954 Getting worse

Changes In Caernarfon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Caernarfon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93177% safer
Birmingham49.60123% safer
Barnet67.0865% safer
Croydon82.4834% safer
Sheffield90.0323% safer
Bristol90.5222% safer
Caernarfon110.43-
Leicester111.591.0% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0610% more dangerous
Bradford132.2817% more dangerous
Leeds150.9427% more dangerous

Crime in Caernarfon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Caernarfon East79593First

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 safest 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).

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