Caerau Crime Overview

Caerau is the second 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 Caerau in 2020 was 67 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Caerau is the 236th most dangerous small town, and the 1,626th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Caerau was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for criminal damage and arson, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.92 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Caerau residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.42 per 1,000 residents. Caerau recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for possession of weapons in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Caerau are violence and sexual offences, with 331 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 260 offences and a difference of 5.92 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Caerau's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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See how Caerau shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Caerau and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Caerau Compared To South Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Caerau This Year

 CaerauSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33327.7919,61739.2141% safer
Bicycle Theft110.921,1632.32152% safer
Burglary302.502,3224.6486% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson937.764,6129.2219% safer
Drugs403.342,2644.5336% safer
Other Crime171.427831.5711% safer
Other Theft443.673,3116.6280% safer
Possession of Weapons80.673210.644.5% more dangerous
Public Order12110.105,20310.403.0% safer
Robbery20.172840.57235% safer
Shoplifting473.923,3876.7773% safer
Theft From the Person50.425161.03145% safer
Vehicle Crime514.263,5077.0165% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33127.6214,55629.105% safer

Caerau Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Trowbridge85850.5432% safer
Fairwater67251.4030% safer
Grangetown1,23055.5020% safer
Riverside84459.8712% safer
Butetown93065.991.2% safer
Adamsdown97180.4317% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Caerau

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Caerau Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour26171928Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.920.920.920.92No change
Burglary1. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6668Getting worse
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.40.921.41.4Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.080.580.330.67Getting worse
Public Order4.87810Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime2. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences17222228Getting worse

Changes In Caerau's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Caerau's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Trelai Park7314-4122.7

Comparing Caerau to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.711.4% more dangerous
Coventry77.4114% more dangerous
Croydon83.2220% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8122% more dangerous
Bristol86.2123% more dangerous
Leicester97.4431% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8735% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2838% more dangerous
Bradford133.0250% more dangerous
Leeds137.1051% more dangerous

Crime in Caerau's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Caerau East1,035151First
Caerau West751111Second

Crime in Caerau During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Caerau change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Caerau saw a 500% increase in drugs. Caerau saw a large fall in drugs during December, when it fell by 83% compared to December in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-54%+13%+139%+133%+24%+100%+69%+336%+271%-18%
Bicycle Theft------+100%-33%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+350%+22%+67%+20%+20%-56%+175%+83%+67%-38%
Other Crime---+50%+400%-----
Other Theft+33%-50%-83%+75%+67%----+250%
Possession of Weapons---------+100%
Public Order+175%+43%-22%+78%+75%+117%+25%-42%+100%-13%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime---57%+250%+25%+33%+350%-60%+200%+25%
Violence and Sexual Offences+68%+10%+19%+25%+38%+233%+19%-19%+23%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Caerau

What police force serves Caerau?
Caerau's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Caerau?
Caerau is the second most dangerous small town in South Glamorgan.
What is Caerau's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Caerau are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Caerau?
Caerau's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021