Butetown Crime Overview

Butetown is the third most dangerous small town in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Butetown in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Butetown is the 243rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,678th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Butetown was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Butetown residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. Butetown recorded 10 reports of burglary during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.71 the worst small town for burglary in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Butetown are violence and sexual offences, with 276 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 3.3% higher than 2019's figure of 267 offences and a difference of 0.64 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Butetown's least common crime is other crime, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Butetown Compared To South Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Butetown This Year

 ButetownSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour36525.9019,61739.2151% safer
Bicycle Theft584.121,1632.3244% more dangerous
Burglary483.412,3224.6436% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson825.824,6129.2258% safer
Drugs745.252,2644.5314% more dangerous
Other Crime60.437831.57265% safer
Other Theft997.023,3116.626% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.783210.6418% more dangerous
Public Order14410.225,20310.401.8% safer
Robbery130.922840.5738% more dangerous
Shoplifting241.703,3876.77298% safer
Theft From the Person211.495161.0331% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime745.253,5077.0134% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27619.5814,55629.1049% safer

Butetown Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llanrumney57849.3634% safer
Trowbridge85850.5431% safer
Fairwater67251.4028% safer
Grangetown1,23055.5019% safer
Riverside84459.8710% safer
Butetown93065.99-
Caerau80066.761.2% more dangerous
Adamsdown97180.4318% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Butetown

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Butetown Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32261626Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.53.94.34.1Getting worse
Burglary2.23.33.83.4Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7776Safer
Drugs2.13.12.35Getting worse
Other Crime0.781.40.640.43Safer
Other Theft6687Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.430.280.500.78Getting worse
Public Order78910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.50.781.10.92Safer
Shoplifting2.12.11.91.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.92.01.51.5Safer
Vehicle Crime55.04.45Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences14181920Getting worse

Changes In Butetown's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Butetown's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Butetown that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Parc Hamadryad----320.32

Comparing Butetown to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Butetown65.99-
Barnet67.712.5% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4432% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Butetown's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Butetown1,949180First
Cardiff Bay85890Second

Crime in Butetown During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Butetown change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Butetown saw a 900% increase in drugs. Butetown saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+212%+64%+6%+67%+108%-+113%+162%+31%
Bicycle Theft+600%+100%+100%-88%-71%-71%-+67%-+75%
Burglary--83%-33%+100%-67%-25%--56%-40%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-64%-54%-78%+175%-20%-13%+100%-56%-33%
Drugs+150%+50%+900%-33%-33%+250%+250%+100%+500%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+88%-69%-79%-73%+80%-+38%+150%-27%-25%
Possession of Weapons-------50%---
Public Order+100%-+40%-40%+25%-33%+30%-44%+29%+22%
Robbery--67%-50%--67%-+200%---50%
Shoplifting-50%--80%--+200%+400%-+100%+100%
Theft From the Person-+100%-75%-50%+400%-50%----50%
Vehicle Crime-14%+50%-85%-40%+50%-33%+900%+300%+100%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+53%-38%-58%-+43%-24%+20%+32%+37%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Butetown

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021