Porthcawl Crime Overview

Porthcawl is among the top 10 safest small towns in Mid Glamorgan, and is the 21st safest overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Porthcawl in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Porthcawl is the 393rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,612nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Porthcawl had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Porthcawl residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.62 per 1,000 residents. Porthcawl recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for theft from the person in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Porthcawl are violence and sexual offences, with 365 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 36% lower than 2019's figure of 496 offences and a difference of 8.14 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Porthcawl's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Porthcawl Compared To Mid Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Porthcawl This Year

 PorthcawlMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46128.6515,50534.5621% safer
Bicycle Theft100.621140.2560% more dangerous
Burglary563.481,2522.7920% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson996.153,4807.7626% safer
Drugs442.731,5223.3924% safer
Other Crime181.127361.6446% safer
Other Theft563.482,0354.5430% safer
Possession of Weapons10.061780.40567% safer
Public Order1428.834,4169.8411% safer
Robbery10.06720.16167% safer
Shoplifting392.421,6233.6250% safer
Theft From the Person60.371110.2532% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime321.991,2312.7438% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36522.6914,04131.3038% safer

Porthcawl Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Laleston48136.1250% safer
Llanharan34841.4730% safer
Llantwit Fardre70244.9520% safer
Brackla59549.3010% safer
Treorchy40052.013.8% safer
Porthcawl86954.01-
Pyle43556.354.2% more dangerous
Tonyrefail76559.7210% more dangerous
Garw Valley47060.0910% more dangerous
Coity Higher57362.2413% more dangerous
Llantrisant1,00363.3415% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Porthcawl

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Porthcawl Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161329Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.440.500.62Getting worse
Burglary4.23.84.13.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6786Safer
Drugs3.04.72.32.7Safer
Other Crime1.11.70.991.1Safer
Other Theft7763.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.440.250.06Safer
Public Order5699Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.060.120.06Safer
Shoplifting4.14.83.42.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.120.750.750.37Safer
Vehicle Crime2.63.23.72.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25263123Safer

Changes In Porthcawl's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Porthcawl's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Lock's Common1711-200.71

Comparing Porthcawl to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Porthcawl54.01-
Barnet67.7120% more dangerous
Coventry77.4130% more dangerous
Croydon83.2235% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8137% more dangerous
Bristol86.2137% more dangerous
Leicester97.4445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8747% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2850% more dangerous
Bradford133.0259% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Porthcawl's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Porthcawl East48468First
Porthcawl West38543Second

Crime in Porthcawl During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Porthcawl change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Porthcawl saw a 900% increase in burglary. Porthcawl saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Porthcawl's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+650%+400%+45%+63%+70%+105%+236%+62%+79%
Bicycle Theft--50%----50%----
Burglary-50%+33%-20%+900%-56%+17%+33%-50%-20%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+11%-67%-46%-45%-+113%--67%+43%-88%
Drugs-60%+50%-33%+75%+67%+300%-63%+200%+100%+300%
Other Crime+500%--50%--50%-----
Other Theft-44%-57%-33%-38%-50%-22%-13%-78%--
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-78%+18%+22%+6%+17%+117%-25%+42%-65%-20%
Shoplifting---71%--63%+400%+100%+200%+300%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+300%-94%-67%-50%--80%-25%-+400%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-60%-60%-24%-28%-2%-38%+3%-26%-42%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Porthcawl

What police force serves Porthcawl?
Porthcawl's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Porthcawl?
Porthcawl is among the top 10 safest small towns in Mid Glamorgan.
What is Porthcawl's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Porthcawl are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Porthcawl?
Porthcawl's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021