Maesteg Crime Overview

Maesteg is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Mid Glamorgan, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Maesteg in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Maesteg is the 153rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,143rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Maesteg had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Maesteg residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.28 per 1,000 residents. Maesteg recorded 31 reports of criminal damage and arson during February 2020, making its crime rate of 1.8 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Maesteg are violence and sexual offences, with 593 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 586 offences and a difference of 0.39 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Maesteg's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Maesteg Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Maesteg This Year

 MaestegMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour67038.1115,50534.569% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.461140.2546% more dangerous
Burglary603.411,2522.7918% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23013.083,4807.7641% more dangerous
Drugs311.761,5223.3993% safer
Other Crime362.057361.6420% more dangerous
Other Theft703.982,0354.5414% safer
Possession of Weapons30.171780.40135% safer
Public Order1679.504,4169.843.6% safer
Robbery50.28720.1643% more dangerous
Shoplifting854.841,6233.6225% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.171110.2547% safer
Vehicle Crime452.561,2312.747% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59333.7314,04131.307% more dangerous

Maesteg Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Coity Higher57362.2422% safer
Llantrisant1,00363.3420% safer
Ogmore Valley53065.1517% safer
Cornelly51167.2813% safer
Aberaman76275.061.3% safer
Maesteg1,33676.00-
Cyfarthfa58076.730.95% more dangerous
Aberdare1,17880.145% more dangerous
Bridgend1,861120.5937% more dangerous
Town1,016127.5340% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Maesteg

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Maesteg Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26222338Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.280.510.110.46Getting worse
Burglary63.94.13.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111213Getting worse
Drugs1.72.02.31.8Safer
Other Crime1.61.72.72.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.8564.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.170.170.17Safer
Public Order891010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.460.110.28Getting worse
Shoplifting6564.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.110.230.17Getting worse
Vehicle Crime52.52.32.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30333334Getting worse

Changes In Maesteg's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Maesteg's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Maesteg that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Tudor Park-----10.44

Comparing Maesteg to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7112% safer
Maesteg76.00-
Coventry77.411.8% more dangerous
Croydon83.229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Maesteg's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Caerau58282First
Maesteg East60882Second

Crime in Maesteg During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Maesteg change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Maesteg saw a 500% increase in drugs. Maesteg saw a large fall in drugs during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+19%+192%+220%+52%+122%+24%+42%+94%+219%+104%
Burglary+17%-61%-17%+150%-67%-73%+20%-29%+33%+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+22%+31%-45%-42%-+56%+117%+43%-68%-
Drugs---88%-80%+200%+100%+100%+50%-+500%
Other Crime-75%-71%-75%--33%-+300%+50%-33%-33%
Other Theft-70%-57%+50%-20%-38%-67%-40%-10%+20%-20%
Public Order-48%+117%+21%+89%-46%+31%+17%+14%-33%-40%
Shoplifting-73%-40%-57%-29%-78%+30%-67%+21%+300%+83%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-17%-60%-+100%-50%-57%+300%-60%-40%+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-13%+19%+31%+12%+36%-21%+6%-27%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Maesteg

What police force serves Maesteg?
Maesteg's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Maesteg?
Maesteg is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Mid Glamorgan.
What is Maesteg's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Maesteg are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Maesteg?
Maesteg's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021