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Crime and Safety in Barry

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Barry is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 55 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Barry in 2021 was 80 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barry is the 91st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,086th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Barry was the worst medium-sized town in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Barry residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Barry recorded 33 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.61 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Barry are violence and sexual offences, with 2,036 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 3.3% higher than 2020's figure of 1,969 offences and a difference of 1.22 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Barry's least common crime is theft from the person, with 18 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 6% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Barry 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, South Glamorgan

7% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

5.0% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Barry is 7% higher than Wales and 5.0% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Barry Crime Rate Over Time

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Barry Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Barry 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 Barry

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021804,386
2020834,546
2019904,915
2018874,726
2017844,607
2016854,644

Crime in Barry Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Barry This Year

 BarrySouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,71131.3715,91731.82 1.4% safer
Bicycle Theft210.391,1052.21 467% safer
Burglary1322.422,2374.47 85% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson55710.214,3928.78 14% more dangerous
Drugs1352.481,9293.86 56% safer
Other Crime991.827171.43 21% more dangerous
Other Theft3145.763,2266.45 12% safer
Possession of Weapons270.503080.62 24% safer
Public Order65712.055,78211.56 4.1% more dangerous
Robbery230.422620.52 24% safer
Shoplifting2083.813,3216.64 74% safer
Theft From the Person180.333820.76 130% safer
Vehicle Crime1592.923,0386.07 108% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,03637.3315,98531.95 14% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barry

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Recent Crimes in Barry

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Cottrell SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fryatt StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ilminster CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Weston SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Kingsland CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Moxon StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brecon CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Blenheim CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lee RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beryl RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cei DafyddUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Paget RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ash GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heritage DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beverley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dale CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Marloes CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Barry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24203931 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.500.310.500.39 Safer
Burglary4.83.63.02.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121110 Safer
Drugs2.33.53.32.5 Safer
Other Crime1.71.71.91.8 Getting worse
Other Theft8666 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.700.720.750.50 Safer
Public Order9101012 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.350.350.42 Getting worse
Shoplifting674.73.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.590.610.350.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime5552.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34383637 Getting worse

Changes In Barry's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Barry's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Barry that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cold Knap Gardens2----00.36
Merthyr Dyfan Recreation Ground6---352.1

Comparing Barry to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0820% safer
Barry80.43-
Croydon82.482.5% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0511% more dangerous
Bristol90.5211% more dangerous
Coventry102.2421% more dangerous
Leicester111.5928% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0635% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6438% more dangerous
Bradford132.2839% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in Barry's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barry Dyfan & Illtyd14426Sixth
Barry East1,374122First
Barry Island85988Second
Barry West59064Fifth
Gibbonsdown78278Third
Palmerstown63773Fourth

Barry Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (54)Barry Island (524)
Bicycle TheftPalmerstown (3)Barry East (7)
BurglaryBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (2)Barry East (42)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (22)Barry East (207)
DrugsBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (3)Barry East (50)
Other CrimeBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (2)Barry East (32)
Other TheftGibbonsdown (38)Barry East (104)
Possession of WeaponsPalmerstown (2)Barry East (10)
Public OrderBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (12)Barry East (181)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Palmerstown (1)Barry East (12)
ShopliftingGibbonsdown (2)Barry East (117)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Gibbonsdown (1)Barry Island (8)
Vehicle CrimeBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (5)Barry East (50)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (59)Barry East (559)

Crime in Barry During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Barry change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Barry saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Barry saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 75% compared to May in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Barry's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+241%+264%+193%+43%+60%+44%+68%+64%+155%
Bicycle Theft--67%+300%---+33%+250%+200%-
Burglary+21%-7%-50%-50%-25%-50%-31%+5%+25%-52%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-25%-7%-13%-2%-7%-21%-23%-15%-33%
Drugs+50%-13%-33%+7%-46%+62%-37%+44%-50%-47%
Other Crime-55%+267%+100%-+9%-11%-8%+180%-20%-63%
Other Theft--46%+8%-39%-9%-9%-8%+114%+38%-
Possession of Weapons-+300%-60%--+100%-50%+33%--
Public Order-40%+36%-10%+19%+16%-16%+8%+25%+10%+10%
Robbery---75%+200%-+100%----
Shoplifting+4%-23%-74%-55%-50%-19%-20%-70%-59%-30%
Theft From the Person+100%-75%-+200%-67%-75%-50%-67%-75%-50%
Vehicle Crime+43%-38%-43%-53%-29%+38%+61%+120%-21%-5%
Violence and Sexual Offences-43%+10%-6%-19%-17%+9%+12%+6%+1%+22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Barry

What police force serves Barry?
Barry's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.

How dangerous is Barry?
Barry is the most dangerous medium-sized town in South Glamorgan.

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

What is the least common crime in Barry?
Barry's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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