Crime and Safety in Cardiff

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Cardiff is the most dangerous city in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 55 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cardiff in 2021 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the South Glamorgan rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cardiff is the 24th most dangerous city, and the 713rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Cardiff had the worst crime rate in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 79 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Cardiff residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 132 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Cardiff recorded 272 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.77 the worst for criminal damage and arson in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Cardiff are violence and sexual offences, with 12,158 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 10,964 offences and a difference of 3.37 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Cardiff's least common crime is robbery, with 225 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 12% from 2020's figure of 253 crimes.

Cardiff 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, South Glamorgan

22% higher, regional crime rate


20% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cardiff is 22% higher than Wales and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cardiff Crime Rate Over Time

England, Wales & NI

Cardiff Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cardiff represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Crime in Cardiff Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Cardiff This Year

 CardiffSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12,16634.3515,91731.82 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1,0152.871,1052.21 23% more dangerous
Burglary1,8885.332,2374.47 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,2969.314,3928.78 6% more dangerous
Drugs1,6704.721,9293.86 18% more dangerous
Other Crime5401.527171.43 6% more dangerous
Other Theft2,5677.253,2266.45 11% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2510.713080.62 13% more dangerous
Public Order4,50312.715,78211.56 9% more dangerous
Robbery2250.642620.52 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,9168.233,3216.64 19% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3310.933820.76 18% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,6477.473,0386.07 19% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,15834.3315,98531.95 7% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cardiff

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Recent Crimes in Cardiff

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parracombe CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kimberley TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cold Stores RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hereford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pentre GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Heol Syr LewisUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Northcote LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Macaulay AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thomas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Maitland PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Theft from the personOn or near Helen PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Taffs Mead EmbankmentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Whittle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Public orderOn or near Sevenoaks StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pacific RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Cardiff Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour29254234 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4. Safer
Burglary7655 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1112109 Safer
Drugs4.44.854.7 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft10977 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.850.730.71 Safer
Public Order10111213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.710.710.64 Safer
Shoplifting131388 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) Safer
Vehicle Crime9987 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32343134 Getting worse

Changes In Cardiff's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cardiff's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Fairwater Park2----10.22
Fairwater Recreation Ground1----00.41
Glamorgan Wanderers Memorial Rugby Ground1---111.1
Glenwood Church1422-4561
Heath Park721-110.28
Maes Hamdden y Rhath222--124.3
North Llanishen Recreation Ground321-210.75
Old Church Rooms Baptist Church9-2-2184
Parc y Gamlas62-1216
Roath Park453--7131.8
Sevenoaks Park1622-204.4

Comparing Cardiff to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0843% safer
Croydon82.4816% safer
Sheffield91.105% safer
Bristol93.772.4% safer
Coventry102.376% more dangerous
Leicester111.7514% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9025% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1730% more dangerous
Bradford145.6034% more dangerous
Leeds153.0637% more dangerous

Crime in Cardiff's Neighbourhoods

Cathays South & Bute Park is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Cardiff, followed by Adamsdown in second place, and Splott as the third most dangerous area. Cardiff's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cyncoed South & Roath Park, Lisvane, and Thornhill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cathays North6326711th
Cathays South & Bute Park4,681370First
Cyncoed North2223718th
Cyncoed South & Roath Park2693519th
Grangetown North76585Eighth
Grangetown South68098Sixth
Llandaf & Danescourt3564017th
Llandaf North65976Tenth
Llanrumney North67397Seventh
Llanrumney South51378Ninth
Pwll-mawr & St Mellons East4806512th
St Mellons West743114Fourth

Cardiff Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCyncoed North (52)Cathays South & Bute Park (1,739)
Bicycle TheftLlanrumney South (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (342)
BurglaryThornhill (3)Cathays South & Bute Park (168)
Criminal Damage and ArsonThornhill (9)Cathays South & Bute Park (252)
DrugsLisvane (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (255)
Other CrimeLisvane (1)Adamsdown (53)
Other TheftThornhill (10)Cathays South & Bute Park (426)
Possession of WeaponsLlanishen (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (47)
Public OrderLisvane (15)Cathays South & Bute Park (519)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Llandaf North (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (43)
ShopliftingTrowbridge (2)Cathays South & Bute Park (821)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Whitchurch (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (161)
Vehicle CrimeThornhill (8)Splott (138)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLisvane (59)Cathays South & Bute Park (1,478)

Crime in Cardiff During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cardiff change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Cardiff saw a 174% increase in anti-social behaviour. Cardiff saw a large fall in theft from the person during December, when it fell by 77% compared to December in 2019. Rates of bicycle theft and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Cardiff's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+174%+171%+88%+34%+18%+28%+86%+119%+90%
Bicycle Theft+12%-28%-19%-41%-58%-40%-4%-20%-14%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson+24%-31%-30%-17%-10%-8%-9%-16%-15%-29%
Other Crime+2%-19%-19%-10%-4%-8%--4%+17%-27%
Other Theft-20%-51%-48%-27%-18%-20%-32%-17%-28%-21%
Possession of Weapons-12%-51%-4%+38%-26%-47%-40%+26%-15%-32%
Public Order-12%-25%+10%-1%+6%+21%+16%-10%+3%-23%
Theft From the Person--39%-40%-40%-49%+3%-40%-42%-60%-77%
Vehicle Crime-2%-39%-55%-34%-24%-16%+38%+33%+3%+17%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-23%-24%-17%-11%+5%+2%-10%+3%-16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cardiff

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

How dangerous is Cardiff?
Cardiff is the most dangerous city in South Glamorgan.

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

What is the least common crime in Cardiff?
Cardiff's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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