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Crime and Safety in Pontypridd

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Pontypridd is the most dangerous medium-sized towns 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 Pontypridd in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Pontypridd is the 63rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 731st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Pontypridd had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for criminal damage and arson, with 32 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.96 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Pontypridd residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Pontypridd recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for bicycle theft in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Pontypridd are violence and sexual offences, with 1,289 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 2.4% higher than 2020's figure of 1,258 offences and a difference of 0.94 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Pontypridd's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 10 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 20% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Pontypridd 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Mid Glamorgan

19% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

18% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Pontypridd is 19% higher than Wales and 18% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Pontypridd Crime Rate Over Time

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Pontypridd Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Pontypridd 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 Pontypridd

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021933,080
2020862,854
20191003,339
2018953,158
2017983,264
2016902,989

Crime in Pontypridd Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Pontypridd This Year

 PontypriddMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,03931.2611,81726.34 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.30940.21 30% more dangerous
Burglary1043.131,1992.67 15% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson34710.443,3827.54 28% more dangerous
Drugs1614.841,3342.97 39% more dangerous
Other Crime591.788381.87 5% safer
Other Theft2226.682,0374.54 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons200.601700.38 37% more dangerous
Public Order50315.145,05311.26 26% more dangerous
Robbery100.30820.18 40% more dangerous
Shoplifting2647.941,6383.65 54% more dangerous
Theft From the Person160.481220.27 44% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime752.261,0772.40 6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,28938.7914,93633.29 14% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Pontypridd

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Recent Crimes in Pontypridd

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ashford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Park Side LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lanpark RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Crossbrook StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Evans SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ynyscorrwg RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elm StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Heol Ty MaenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Alexandra RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shakespeare RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ashford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pantygraigwen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lanpark RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garth AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Pontypridd Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27233931 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.510.210.360.30 Safer
Burglary53.44.03.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109910 Getting worse
Drugs3.63.94.74.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.32.52.11.8 Getting worse
Other Theft8967 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.210.720.510.60 Getting worse
Public Order12141215 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.390.270.30 Safer
Shoplifting10868 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.930.960.540.48 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.33.32.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37443839 Getting worse

Changes In Pontypridd's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Pontypridd's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Pontypridd that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Taff Vale Park5----02.2
Ynysangharad Park13-2-461.5

Comparing Pontypridd to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0838% safer
Croydon82.4812% safer
Sheffield90.052.9% safer
Bristol90.522.4% safer
Pontypridd92.68-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0625% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6429% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Pontypridd's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pontypridd East & Cilfynydd41562Third
Pontypridd West1,261127First
Trefforest82581Second

Crime in Pontypridd During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Pontypridd change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Pontypridd saw a 500% increase in other crime. Pontypridd saw a large fall in other crime during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-10%+150%+158%+88%+47%+47%+63%+49%+78%+165%
Bicycle Theft----+50%-----
Burglary--78%-79%-+83%+350%+38%+100%-42%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-54%-4%-19%+29%+100%+22%+21%+21%-9%
Drugs+10%-9%-24%+333%+125%-53%+200%-46%-43%+113%
Other Crime--94%-14%+40%-40%+100%+40%+500%-25%+100%
Other Theft+5%-67%-56%-35%-26%-35%-25%--50%-47%
Possession of Weapons+50%---50%------67%
Public Order-29%-34%-15%-9%-26%+17%-14%-44%+30%-36%
Robbery-----75%-+300%---
Shoplifting-24%-57%-68%-40%-43%+24%---72%-44%
Theft From the Person-75%-50%+100%--80%-67%+200%--67%-75%
Vehicle Crime-13%-47%-58%-71%+38%+45%+22%+50%-30%+20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-51%-6%-28%-19%-14%+16%-4%-4%-27%+22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Pontypridd

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

How dangerous is Pontypridd?
Pontypridd is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Mid Glamorgan.

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

What is the least common crime in Pontypridd?
Pontypridd's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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