Barry Crime Overview

Barry is the most dangerous medium-sized 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 Barry in 2020 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 1.3% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Barry is the 72nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 877th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2017, Barry had the worst crime rate in South Glamorgan for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Barry are violence and sexual offences, with 1,969 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 4.0% lower than 2019's figure of 2,047 offences and a difference of 1.43 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Barry's least common crime is robbery, with 19 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 19 crimes.

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Crime in Barry Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Barry This Year

 BarrySouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,14539.3319,61739.210.31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft270.501,1632.32364% safer
Burglary1632.992,3224.6455% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson59810.974,6129.2216% more dangerous
Drugs1813.322,2644.5336% safer
Other Crime1041.917831.5718% more dangerous
Other Theft3396.223,3116.626% safer
Possession of Weapons410.753210.6415% more dangerous
Public Order55710.215,20310.401.9% safer
Robbery190.352840.5763% safer
Shoplifting2544.663,3876.7745% safer
Theft From the Person190.355161.03194% safer
Vehicle Crime2755.043,5077.0139% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,96936.1114,55629.1019% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Barry

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Barry Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour27242039Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.940.500.310.50Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131211Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft8866Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.700.720.75Getting worse
Public Order891010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.260.350.35Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.590.610.35Safer
Vehicle Crime6555Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30343836Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7123% safer
Coventry77.418% safer
Croydon83.220.17% safer
Sheffield85.812.9% more dangerous
Bristol86.213.3% more dangerous
Leicester97.4414% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8719% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% more dangerous

Crime in Barry's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barry Dyfan & Illtyd22040Sixth
Barry East1,458130First
Barry Island88290Second
Barry West66972Fourth

Barry Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Barry for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (100)Barry Island (706)
Bicycle TheftBarry West (1)Barry East (10)
BurglaryBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (9)Barry East (45)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (19)Barry East (179)
DrugsBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (4)Barry Island (54)
Other CrimeBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (4)Gibbonsdown (29)
Other TheftGibbonsdown (41)Barry East (114)
Possession of WeaponsBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (1)Barry East (16)
Public OrderBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (25)Barry East (167)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Barry Island (1)Barry East (6)
ShopliftingPalmerstown (4)Barry Dyfan & Illtyd (55)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Palmerstown (2)Barry East (10)
Vehicle CrimeBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (8)Barry East (81)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBarry Dyfan & Illtyd (67)Barry East (642)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+241%+264%+193%+43%+60%+44%+68%+64%+155%
Bicycle Theft--67%+300%---+33%+250%+200%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-25%-7%-13%-2%-7%-21%-23%-15%-33%
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%
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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021