Aberdare Crime Overview

Aberdare is the third most dangerous small town in Mid Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Aberdare in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 14% higher than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Aberdare is the 125th most dangerous small town, and the 986th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Aberdare had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Aberdare residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Aberdare recorded 41 reports of criminal damage and arson during May 2018, making its crime rate of 2.8 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Aberdare are violence and sexual offences, with 554 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 16% lower than 2019's figure of 640 offences and a difference of 5.85 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Aberdare's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 700% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Aberdare Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Aberdare This Year

 AberdareMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour75551.3615,50534.5633% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.271140.257% more dangerous
Burglary322.181,2522.7928% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1248.443,4807.768% more dangerous
Drugs745.031,5223.3933% more dangerous
Other Crime201.367361.6421% safer
Other Theft724.902,0354.547% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons130.881780.4055% more dangerous
Public Order17111.634,4169.8415% more dangerous
Robbery10.07720.16129% safer
Shoplifting835.651,6233.6236% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.141110.2579% safer
Vehicle Crime281.901,2312.7444% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences55437.6914,04131.3017% more dangerous

Aberdare Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ogmore Valley53065.1523% safer
Cornelly51167.2819% safer
Aberaman76275.067% safer
Maesteg1,33676.005% safer
Cyfarthfa58076.734.4% safer
Bridgend1,861120.5934% more dangerous
Town1,016127.5337% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Aberdare

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Aberdare Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour43352751Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson111298Safer
Drugs4.454.85Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft8764.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.610.270.88Getting worse
Public Order13121212Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.20-0.540.07Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.750.750.14Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences36394438Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7118% safer
Coventry77.413.5% safer
Croydon83.223.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.817% more dangerous
Bristol86.217% more dangerous
Leicester97.4418% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1042% more dangerous

Crime in Aberdare's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aberdare West55772First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+85%+185%+245%+124%+19%-4%+123%+114%+115%+130%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-53%+44%+100%-62%-13%-36%-40%-17%+113%
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%
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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021