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Crime and Safety in Brecon

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Brecon is the second most dangerous small town in Powys, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Powys's 111 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brecon in 2021 was 104 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Powys's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Powys rate of 65 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brecon is the 67th most dangerous small town, and the 491st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Brecon had the worst crime rate in Powys for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Brecon residents, when it was Powys's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 27 crimes at a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 residents. Brecon recorded 6 reports of drugs during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.71 the worst for drugs in Powys that month.

The most common crimes in Brecon are violence and sexual offences, with 444 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 26% higher than 2020's figure of 330 offences and a difference of 13.57 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Brecon's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Brecon 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Powys

28% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

30% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brecon is 28% higher than Wales and 30% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brecon Crime Rate Over Time

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Brecon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Brecon represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Brecon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021104875
202090756
201985711
201874623
201775633
201673616

Crime in Brecon Compared To Powys

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Summary of Crimes in Brecon This Year

 BreconPowys 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14617.381,42210.73 38% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.24240.18 25% more dangerous
Burglary222.623212.42 8% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson12014.299617.25 49% more dangerous
Drugs536.313692.79 56% more dangerous
Other Crime91.071881.42 33% safer
Other Theft435.125804.38 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.60490.37 38% more dangerous
Public Order11313.451,2269.25 31% more dangerous
Robbery10.12100.08 33% more dangerous
Shoplifting425.002051.55 69% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.36180.14 61% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime182.141571.19 44% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences44452.864,44433.54 37% more dangerous

Brecon Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ystradgynlais61375.1039% safer
Brecon875104.17-
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn1,584141.1526% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brecon

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Recent Crimes in Brecon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cae DerwUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Silver StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BeechgroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Lion YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Newgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ffrwdgrech RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Newgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coryton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Ashfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Newgate StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Lion StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cae DerwUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coryton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Brecon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28223017 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.480.830.830.24 Safer
Burglary3.04.23.12.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1091314 Getting worse
Drugs7996 Safer
Other Crime0.952.61.91.1 Safer
Other Theft8665 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.601.31.20.60 Safer
Public Order4.64.9913 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.240.120.12 Safer
Shoplifting2.62.74.85 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.360.120.36 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.22.61.42.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34403953 Getting worse

Changes In Brecon's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Brecon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93161% safer
Birmingham49.60110% safer
Barnet67.0855% safer
Croydon82.4826% safer
Sheffield90.0316% safer
Bristol90.5215% safer
Brecon104.17-
Leicester111.597% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9431% more dangerous

Crime in Brecon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brecon875104First

Crime in Brecon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brecon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Brecon saw a 350% increase in drugs. Brecon saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 75% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+158%+200%+113%+145%-9%+50%-13%+21%-55%
Bicycle Theft---+100%------
Burglary+100%---75%+250%--33%-50%-50%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+300%-17%-70%+33%+120%+250%-14%+83%--14%
Drugs+75%+14%-63%+350%-20%+29%-50%-75%+43%-67%
Other Crime--50%-+100%+100%+50%+200%---
Other Theft-22%--67%-+17%-60%-13%-+250%-25%
Possession of Weapons-50%----50%-----
Public Order+233%+75%+267%--17%+125%-33%-20%-+150%
Shoplifting+100%-+200%-75%---50%-33%-20%+300%
Vehicle Crime--75%-------67%-75%
Violence and Sexual Offences-34%-45%-29%+133%+68%+38%+9%+15%+3%+27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brecon

What police force serves Brecon?
Brecon's local territorial police force is the Dyfed-Powys Police.

How dangerous is Brecon?
Brecon is the second most dangerous small town in Powys.

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

What is the least common crime in Brecon?
Brecon's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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