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Crime and Safety in Garw Valley

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Garw Valley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Mid Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Garw Valley in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Garw Valley is the 343rd safest small town, and the 3,192nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Garw Valley had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Garw Valley are violence and sexual offences, with 195 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 19% lower than 2020's figure of 233 offences and a difference of 4.86 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Garw Valley's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Garw Valley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Mid Glamorgan

48% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

51% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Garw Valley is 48% lower than Wales and 51% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Garw Valley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Garw Valley 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 Garw Valley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151396
202060470
201962484
201858457
201749383
201652406

Crime in Garw Valley Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Garw Valley This Year

 Garw ValleyMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19324.6811,81726.34 7% safer
Burglary131.661,1992.67 61% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson415.243,3827.54 44% safer
Drugs70.901,3342.97 230% safer
Other Crime101.288381.87 46% safer
Other Theft263.322,0374.54 37% safer
Possession of Weapons20.261700.38 46% safer
Public Order8811.255,05311.26 0.09% safer
Robbery10.13820.18 38% safer
Shoplifting30.381,6383.65 861% safer
Vehicle Crime101.281,0772.40 88% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19524.9314,93633.29 34% safer

Garw Valley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pencoed33535.3943% safer
Llanharan33139.4528% safer
Brackla57147.327% safer
Llantwit Fardre77749.751.8% safer
Pyle38549.881.5% safer
Garw Valley39650.63-
Treorchy47461.6318% more dangerous
Porthcawl99261.6618% more dangerous
Tonyrefail79261.8318% more dangerous
Cornelly47162.0118% more dangerous
Ogmore Valley52063.9221% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Garw Valley

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Recent Crimes in Garw Valley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bryn AwelFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Other theftOn or near Heol BradfordUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ivor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A4064Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clos CelynUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Heol Ty NantUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heol Y FelinUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thornton CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blaengarw RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heol PandyInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heol Y FelinUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bryn-Bedw StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Station StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tymeinwr AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Heol PandyUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Victoria StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nantyrychain TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect

Garw Valley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17174725 Getting worse
Burglary4.43.82.71.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7785 Safer
Drugs1.40.771.30.90 Safer
Other Crime1.41.30.511.3 Safer
Other Theft3.63.43.63.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.380.130.130.26 Getting worse
Public Order9101311 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.38-0.13 Safer
Shoplifting0.900.260.260.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.71.41.31.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28333025 Safer

Changes In Garw Valley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Garw Valley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Garw Valley50.63-
Barnet67.0825% more dangerous
Croydon82.4839% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0544% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Coventry102.2450% more dangerous
Leicester111.5955% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0659% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6461% more dangerous
Bradford132.2862% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Garw Valley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blaengarw, Pontycymer & Bettws39951First

Crime in Garw Valley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Garw Valley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Garw Valley saw a 800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Garw Valley saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 83% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+189%+492%+345%+200%+67%+115%+43%+105%+188%+800%
Burglary-+200%+400%-50%-+200%-50%--83%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson--17%-+175%----+25%-67%
Drugs----------
Other Crime---+100%------
Other Theft+200%-80%-50%+50%-33%--+400%--
Public Order-17%+67%-30%-18%+60%+133%+38%+80%+50%-40%
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime-----50%-50%----50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-43%+23%-12%+21%-+13%-31%-22%-21%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Garw Valley

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

How dangerous is Garw Valley?
Garw Valley is among the top 10 safest small town in Mid Glamorgan.

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

What is the least common crime in Garw Valley?
Garw Valley's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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