Brecon Crime Overview

Brecon is the second most dangerous small town in Powys, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Powys's 111 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brecon in 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Powys's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the Powys rate of 50 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brecon is the 81st most dangerous small town, and the 705th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Brecon had the worst crime rate in Powys for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Brecon residents, when it was Powys's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Brecon recorded 9 reports of drugs during August 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for drugs in Powys that month.

The most common crimes in Brecon are violence and sexual offences, with 330 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 2.1% lower than 2019's figure of 337 offences and a difference of 0.83 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Brecon's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Brecon This Year

 BreconPowys 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25230.003,16323.8820% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.83350.2669% more dangerous
Burglary263.103312.5019% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson10812.867535.6856% more dangerous
Drugs758.935063.8257% more dangerous
Other Crime161.901851.4026% more dangerous
Other Theft546.435153.8940% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons101.19810.6149% more dangerous
Public Order769.056805.1343% more dangerous
Robbery10.12130.1017% more dangerous
Shoplifting404.762181.6565% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.12100.0833% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime121.431371.0328% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences33039.293,14723.7540% more dangerous

Crime in Brecon Compared To Powys

Brecon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ystradgynlais57870.8227% safer
Brecon75690.00-
Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn1,08696.777% more dangerous

Brecon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32282230Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.360.480.830.83Getting worse
Burglary2.73.04.23.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1110913Getting worse
Drugs9799Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.952.61.9Getting worse
Other Theft8866Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.601.31.2Getting worse
Public Order4.84.64.99Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)--0.240.12Safer
Shoplifting3.02.62.74.8Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.240.360.12Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.22.61.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31344039Getting worse

Changes In Brecon's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Brecon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7133% safer
Coventry77.4116% safer
Croydon83.228% safer
Sheffield85.814.9% safer
Bristol86.214.4% safer
Brecon90.00-
Leicester97.448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8713% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% more dangerous

Crime in Brecon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brecon75690First

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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021