Pencoed Crime Overview

Pencoed is the second safest small town in Mid Glamorgan, and is among the top 5 safest overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Pencoed in 2020 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 92% lower than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Pencoed is the 180th safest small town, and the 5,250th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2019, Pencoed had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2015 was also a bad month for Pencoed residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Pencoed are violence and sexual offences, with 138 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 47% lower than 2019's figure of 203 offences and a difference of 6.87 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Pencoed's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Pencoed Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Pencoed This Year

 PencoedMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19520.6015,50534.5668% safer
Bicycle Theft10.111140.25127% safer
Burglary80.851,2522.79228% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson454.753,4807.7663% safer
Drugs212.221,5223.3953% safer
Other Crime111.167361.6441% safer
Other Theft262.752,0354.5465% safer
Possession of Weapons20.211780.4090% safer
Public Order384.014,4169.84145% safer
Shoplifting272.851,6233.6227% safer
Vehicle Crime212.221,2312.7423% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13814.5814,04131.30115% safer

Pencoed Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pont-y-clun20323.2054% safer
Pencoed33835.71-
Laleston48136.121.1% more dangerous
Llanharan34841.4714% more dangerous
Llantwit Fardre70244.9521% more dangerous
Brackla59549.3028% more dangerous
Treorchy40052.0131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Pencoed

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Pencoed Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10121121Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.21-0.320.11Safer
Burglary2.82.51.10.85Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.94.864.8Safer
Drugs2.11.42.82.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.631.21.2Getting worse
Other Theft4.94.54.62.8Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.210.530.21Safer
Public Order3.1564.0Safer
Shoplifting0.951.41.62.8Getting worse
Vehicle Crime63.22.12.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16162115Safer

Changes In Pencoed's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Pencoed to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Pencoed35.71-
Barnet67.7147% more dangerous
Coventry77.4154% more dangerous
Croydon83.2257% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8158% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4463% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8765% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0273% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Pencoed During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Pencoed change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Pencoed saw a 367% increase in anti-social behaviour. Pencoed saw a large fall in drugs during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+133%+225%+244%+71%+13%-25%+180%-31%+367%+129%
Burglary----------
Criminal Damage and Arson-60%-17%-56%-75%-+300%+50%-50%-50%-50%
Drugs+50%+300%--67%--+100%-80%--
Other Crime---50%-----+200%-
Other Theft--50%--57%-67%-75%-63%-33%--40%
Public Order-50%--71%+100%-60%+40%+50%-63%-17%-
Shoplifting-50%-----+167%+100%-33%-
Vehicle Crime----+150%--40%--+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences-47%-60%-65%+75%+40%-36%-38%-14%-58%-69%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Pencoed

What police force serves Pencoed?
Pencoed's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Pencoed?
Pencoed is the second safest small town in Mid Glamorgan.
What is Pencoed's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Pencoed are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Pencoed?
Pencoed's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021