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Crime and Safety in Aberdare

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Aberdare is the third most dangerous small town in Mid Glamorgan, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Aberdare in 2021 was 102 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Aberdare is the 81st most dangerous small town, and the 552nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Aberdare had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Aberdare residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 33 crimes at a rate of 2.2 per 1,000 residents. Aberdare recorded 13 reports of drugs during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst for drugs in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Aberdare are violence and sexual offences, with 753 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 26% higher than 2020's figure of 554 offences and a difference of 13.54 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Aberdare's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Aberdare 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Mid Glamorgan

26% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Aberdare is 26% higher than Wales and 25% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Aberdare Crime Rate Over Time

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Aberdare Crime Map

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Aberdare

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211021,498
2020801,178
2019901,318
2018921,352
2017921,347
2016811,187

Crime in Aberdare Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Aberdare This Year

 AberdareMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60140.8911,81726.34 36% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.14940.21 50% safer
Burglary412.791,1992.67 4.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15810.753,3827.54 30% more dangerous
Drugs664.491,3342.97 34% more dangerous
Other Crime241.638381.87 15% safer
Other Theft906.122,0374.54 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.951700.38 60% more dangerous
Public Order23716.125,05311.26 30% more dangerous
Robbery50.34820.18 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting724.901,6383.65 26% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.411220.27 34% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime302.041,0772.40 18% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences75351.2314,93633.29 35% more dangerous

Aberdare Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Maesteg1,23370.1445% safer
Llantrisant1,20075.7834% safer
Cyfarthfa58777.6631% safer
Coity Higher72478.6430% safer
Aberaman82681.3625% safer
Aberdare1,498101.91-
Bridgend1,825118.2514% more dangerous
Town991124.3918% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Aberdare

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Recent Crimes in Aberdare

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cledwyn TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near GraiglwydUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Bute StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gospel Hall TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashbourne CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tudor TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Bethuel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Theatre/Concert HallUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ty FryUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cardiff StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Maelgwyn TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Phillip StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Commercial StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Aberdare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35275141 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.140.270.270.14 Safer
Burglary2.42.22.22.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson129811 Getting worse
Drugs54.854.5 Safer
Other Crime1.81.61.41.6 Safer
Other Theft764.96 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.270.880.95 Getting worse
Public Order12121216 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.540.070.34 Safer
Shoplifting9664.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.750.140.41 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.42.11.92.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39443851 Getting worse

Changes In Aberdare's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Aberdare's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Aberdare Park13-5-411.2
Dare Valley Country Park2313-350.19

Comparing Aberdare to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0852% safer
Croydon82.4824% safer
Sheffield90.0513% safer
Bristol90.5213% safer
Aberdare101.91-
Coventry102.240.32% more dangerous
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0617% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6421% more dangerous
Bradford132.2823% more dangerous
Leeds150.9432% more dangerous

Crime in Aberdare's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aberdare West74596First

Crime in Aberdare During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Aberdare change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Aberdare saw a 400% increase in burglary. Aberdare saw a large fall in other theft during September, when it fell by 88% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+85%+185%+245%+124%+19%-4%+123%+114%+115%+130%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-33%--50%-25%-67%+400%-40%+100%-50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-53%+44%+100%-62%-13%-36%-40%-17%+113%
Drugs+300%+60%-83%-25%+200%-11%+29%-46%-40%+133%
Other Crime+150%---50%-+33%-+50%-80%-
Other Theft-25%-14%-33%-83%-30%--88%--13%-
Public Order-25%-45%-58%+11%+7%+180%-19%+100%+9%-28%
Shoplifting+60%-50%-73%--67%-13%+20%+33%--40%
Vehicle Crime-33%+300%-+250%-+200%-67%+100%-86%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-17%-9%-9%-46%+39%-9%-44%-30%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Aberdare

What police force serves Aberdare?
Aberdare's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.

How dangerous is Aberdare?
Aberdare is the third most dangerous small town in Mid Glamorgan.

What is Aberdare's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Aberdare are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Aberdare?
Aberdare's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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