Bridgend Crime Overview

Bridgend is the second most dangerous small town in Mid Glamorgan, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bridgend in 2020 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 43% higher than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bridgend is the 26th most dangerous small town, and the 266th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Bridgend had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for drugs, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Bridgend residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Bridgend recorded 7 reports of burglary during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.45 the worst for burglary in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Bridgend are violence and sexual offences, with 642 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 38% lower than 2019's figure of 884 offences and a difference of 15.68 from 2019's crime rate of 57. Bridgend's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Bridgend This Year

 BridgendMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour91459.2215,50534.5642% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.651140.2562% more dangerous
Burglary734.731,2522.7941% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson20213.093,4807.7641% more dangerous
Drugs19412.571,5223.3973% more dangerous
Other Crime322.077361.6421% more dangerous
Other Theft1248.032,0354.5443% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.911780.4056% more dangerous
Public Order28118.214,4169.8446% more dangerous
Robbery70.45720.1664% more dangerous
Shoplifting21614.001,6233.6274% more dangerous
Theft From the Person140.911110.2573% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime523.371,2312.7419% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences64241.6014,04131.3025% more dangerous

Crime in Bridgend Compared To Mid Glamorgan

Bridgend Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cornelly51167.2879% safer
Aberaman76275.0661% safer
Maesteg1,33676.0059% safer
Cyfarthfa58076.7357% safer
Aberdare1,17880.1450% safer
Bridgend1,861120.59-
Town1,016127.535% more dangerous

Bridgend Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40365159Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.840.520.580.65Getting worse
Burglary10854.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141513Safer
Drugs881213Getting worse
Other Crime2.62.11.92.1Safer
Other Theft1713118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.521.00.970.91Getting worse
Public Order14152518Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.710.450.45Safer
Shoplifting19241814Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.91.60.91Safer
Vehicle Crime63.93.03.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42495742Safer

Changes In Bridgend's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Bridgend to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7178% safer
Coventry77.4156% safer
Croydon83.2245% safer
Sheffield85.8141% safer
Bristol86.2140% safer
Leicester97.4424% safer
Birmingham102.8717% safer
Liverpool107.2812% safer
Bridgend120.59-
Bradford133.029% more dangerous
Leeds137.1012% more dangerous

Crime in Bridgend's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Bridgend1,436168First

Crime in Bridgend During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bridgend change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bridgend saw a 500% increase in other crime. Bridgend saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 85% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Bridgend's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-30%+78%+85%+70%+51%-21%-10%-36%+32%+21%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-------
Burglary-57%+33%-+67%+80%-77%+267%-73%-22%-75%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+14%+67%-31%-48%+25%+13%-62%-56%-19%
Drugs-33%-33%-29%+22%+145%+64%+36%+19%-14%-39%
Other Crime-75%-50%-+200%-67%-+500%+50%+100%-33%
Other Theft-47%-33%-42%+8%+10%+29%-83%-31%--84%
Possession of Weapons-75%-50%-50%----+50%--
Public Order-22%-17%-45%--6%+20%-53%-76%-23%-67%
Robbery---+200%------
Shoplifting-26%-85%-35%-10%+15%-30%-16%-63%-67%-50%
Theft From the Person-+50%-----50%+50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime-70%-25%-+200%+25%-33%-25%+50%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%-51%-26%-27%-24%-3%-36%-35%-51%-70%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bridgend

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021