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Crime and Safety in Porthcawl

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Porthcawl is among the top 10 safest small towns in Mid Glamorgan, and is the 27th safest overall out of Mid Glamorgan's 68 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Porthcawl in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Mid Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Mid Glamorgan rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Porthcawl is the 344th most dangerous small town, and the 2,101st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Porthcawl had the worst crime rate in Mid Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Porthcawl residents, when it was Mid Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Porthcawl recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for theft from the person in Mid Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Porthcawl are violence and sexual offences, with 464 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 365 offences and a difference of 6.15 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Porthcawl's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 67% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Porthcawl 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Mid Glamorgan

22% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Porthcawl is 22% lower than Wales and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Porthcawl Crime Rate Over Time

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Porthcawl Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Porthcawl 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 Porthcawl

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202162992
202054869
2019701,121
2018651,050
201759957
201656906

Crime in Porthcawl Compared To Mid Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Porthcawl This Year

 PorthcawlMid Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41325.6711,81726.34 2.6% safer
Bicycle Theft40.25940.21 16% more dangerous
Burglary744.601,1992.67 42% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson895.533,3827.54 36% safer
Drugs261.621,3342.97 83% safer
Other Crime140.878381.87 115% safer
Other Theft704.352,0374.54 4.4% safer
Possession of Weapons50.311700.38 23% safer
Public Order16910.505,05311.26 7% safer
Robbery30.19820.18 5% more dangerous
Shoplifting442.731,6383.65 34% safer
Theft From the Person70.441220.27 39% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime231.431,0772.40 68% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46428.8414,93633.29 15% safer

Porthcawl Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brackla57147.3230% safer
Llantwit Fardre77749.7524% safer
Pyle38549.8824% safer
Garw Valley39650.6322% safer
Treorchy47461.630.05% safer
Porthcawl99261.66-
Tonyrefail79261.830.27% more dangerous
Cornelly47162.010.56% more dangerous
Ogmore Valley52063.923.5% more dangerous
Maesteg1,23370.1412% more dangerous
Llantrisant1,20075.7819% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Porthcawl

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Recent Crimes in Porthcawl

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lombard CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near King'S HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pant MorfaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near St John'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Well StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near St Christopher'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The MerciesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Florence StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Station RoadLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Theme/Adventure ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Reynallt PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St John'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Well StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aldenham RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wellfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hillsboro PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Reynallt PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maesteg TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St John'S DriveUnable to prosecute suspect

Porthcawl Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16132926 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.500.620.25 Safer
Burglary3.84.13.54.6 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7866 Safer
Drugs4.72.32.71.6 Safer
Other Crime1.70.991.10.87 Safer
Other Theft763.54.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.250.060.31 Safer
Public Order69910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.060.120.060.19 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.83.42.42.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.750.370.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.23.72.01.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26312329 Getting worse

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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Lock's Common1711-200.71

Comparing Porthcawl to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Porthcawl61.66-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0532% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2440% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Porthcawl's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Porthcawl East58082First
Porthcawl West41246Second

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 town 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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