Adamsdown Crime Overview

Adamsdown is the most dangerous small town in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Adamsdown in 2020 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 4.9% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Adamsdown is the 122nd most dangerous small town, and the 976th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2019, Adamsdown had the worst crime rate in South Glamorgan for other crime, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Adamsdown are violence and sexual offences, with 359 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 389 offences and a difference of 2.48 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Adamsdown's least common crime is shoplifting, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 27% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Adamsdown Compared To South Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Adamsdown This Year

 AdamsdownSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27823.0319,61739.2170% safer
Bicycle Theft373.061,1632.3224% more dangerous
Burglary221.822,3224.64155% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson756.214,6129.2248% safer
Drugs695.722,2644.5321% more dangerous
Other Crime393.237831.5751% more dangerous
Other Theft413.403,3116.6295% safer
Possession of Weapons151.243210.6448% more dangerous
Public Order12510.355,20310.400.48% safer
Robbery161.332840.5757% more dangerous
Shoplifting110.913,3876.77644% safer
Theft From the Person322.655161.0361% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime13010.773,5077.0135% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences35929.7414,55629.102.2% more dangerous

Adamsdown Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fairwater67251.4056% safer
Grangetown1,23055.5045% safer
Riverside84459.8734% safer
Butetown93065.9922% safer
Caerau80066.7620% safer
Adamsdown97180.43-

Crime Over Time in Adamsdown

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Adamsdown Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1291423Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.23.03.23.1Getting worse
Burglary3.21.52.21.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.74.786Getting worse
Drugs3.75.076Getting worse
Other Crime84.54.63.2Safer
Other Theft3.23.83.63.4Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.11.11.2Getting worse
Public Order66810Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.911.11.3Getting worse
Shoplifting0.170.410.660.91Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.750.831.12.6Getting worse
Vehicle Crime87911Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23273230Getting worse

Changes In Adamsdown's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Adamsdown to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7119% safer
Coventry77.413.9% safer
Adamsdown80.43-
Croydon83.223.4% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.217% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8722% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0240% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Adamsdown During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Adamsdown change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Adamsdown saw a 500% increase in bicycle theft. Adamsdown saw a large fall in drugs during November, when it fell by 90% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+320%+108%+81%+54%+133%-14%+32%+61%+22%
Bicycle Theft+300%-+500%-33%-40%-80%+50%+50%-60%-50%
Burglary----75%-67%+100%--80%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+14%-78%+14%-10%-33%-14%-22%-75%+20%+40%
Drugs+67%+20%+25%-14%-70%-60%-+25%-90%+20%
Other Crime-75%-88%+25%--50%--81%--+100%
Other Theft+100%+50%+100%-63%+300%-33%-63%-40%+33%-25%
Possession of Weapons--+100%+200%---50%-50%--
Public Order+25%+14%-50%+275%+44%+113%-45%+140%+83%+10%
Robbery---50%+50%+100%-+200%---
Shoplifting-------50%---
Theft From the Person--+67%+100%+100%+200%+200%-50%--
Vehicle Crime+100%+150%-17%-13%+200%-11%+83%+43%-31%+6%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+69%-7%-13%+12%-37%-6%-6%-23%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Adamsdown

What police force serves Adamsdown?
Adamsdown's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Adamsdown?
Adamsdown is the most dangerous small town in South Glamorgan.
What is Adamsdown's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Adamsdown are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Adamsdown?
Adamsdown's least common crime is shoplifting.

Last updated: 07 May 2021