Cardiff Crime Overview

Cardiff is the most dangerous city in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cardiff in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 65% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cardiff is among the top 5 safest cities, and the 2,908th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Cardiff had the worst crime rate in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Cardiff residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 105 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Cardiff recorded 126 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst for criminal damage and arson in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Cardiff are violence and sexual offences, with 5,816 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 6,292 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Cardiff's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 138 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 19% from 2019's figure of 164 crimes.

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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 Behaviour8,35023.5819,61739.2166% safer
Bicycle Theft6021.701,1632.3236% safer
Burglary1,1143.152,3224.6447% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,8805.314,6129.2274% safer
Drugs1,0953.092,2644.5347% safer
Other Crime3090.877831.5780% safer
Other Theft1,3473.803,3116.6274% safer
Possession of Weapons1380.393210.6464% safer
Public Order2,2816.445,20310.4061% safer
Robbery1400.402840.5742% safer
Shoplifting1,5774.453,3876.7752% safer
Theft From the Person2370.675161.0354% safer
Vehicle Crime1,6264.593,5077.0153% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,81616.4214,55629.1077% safer

Crime Over Time in Cardiff

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Recent Crimes in Cardiff

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Picton PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Daniel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Deri RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Violet PlaceAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Public orderOn or near Arudhur HenUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Celyn AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ty-Coch RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Diamond StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Diamond StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heol ChudleighUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near ClarendonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ClarendonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Letterston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Fitzalan PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fitzalan PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fitzalan PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Fitzalan PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Cardiff Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17161424Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.22.22.11.7Safer
Burglary4.43.63.33.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6665Safer
Drugs2.02.52.83.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.920.920.930.87Safer
Other Theft554.73.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.450.460.39Safer
Public Order4.6566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.400.370.40Getting worse
Shoplifting7764.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.690.840.67Safer
Vehicle Crime64.84.94.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15171816Safer

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 2020.

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
Cardiff51.28-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% 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 North, Lisvane, and Thornhill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Adamsdown2,358195Second
Cathays North4985315th
Cathays South & Bute Park3,913309First
Cyncoed North1903219th
Cyncoed South & Roath Park3304317th
Gabalfa6386514th
Grangetown North77787Eighth
Grangetown South700101Fifth
Lisvane1492621st
Llandaf & Danescourt3403818th
Llandaf North69180Ninth
Llanishen6857111th
Llanrumney North61489Seventh
Llanrumney South4607013th
Pwll-mawr & St Mellons East5207012th
Rumney42172Tenth
Splott844137Third
St Mellons West751116Fourth
Thornhill1793120th
Trowbridge61699Sixth
Whitchurch3464416th

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 BehaviourLisvane (61)Cathays South & Bute Park (1,770)
Bicycle TheftLlanrumney North (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (313)
BurglaryThornhill (6)Cathays South & Bute Park (155)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLisvane (13)Adamsdown (236)
DrugsCyncoed North (2)Cathays South & Bute Park (264)
Other CrimeLisvane (2)Adamsdown (54)
Other TheftThornhill (7)Cathays South & Bute Park (389)
Possession of WeaponsLlanrumney South (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (38)
Public OrderCyncoed North (9)Cathays South & Bute Park (516)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Trowbridge (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (30)
ShopliftingPwll-mawr & St Mellons East (9)Cathays South & Bute Park (660)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Llanrumney North (1)Cathays South & Bute Park (225)
Vehicle CrimeThornhill (13)Adamsdown (305)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCyncoed North (52)Cathays South & Bute Park (937)

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 May, when Cardiff saw a 163% increase in anti-social behaviour. Cardiff saw a large fall in theft from the person during July, when it fell by 68% compared to July in 2019. Cardiff saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, criminal damage and arson, other theft, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+149%+163%+108%+44%+34%+25%+75%+132%+93%
Bicycle Theft+14%-35%-5%-42%-51%-47%-11%-20%-15%-60%
Burglary+21%-35%-59%-29%+19%-13%-33%+9%+3%+6%
Criminal Damage and Arson+21%-25%-31%-15%-4%-1%-2%-20%-10%-30%
Drugs+19%+1%+9%+40%+33%+4%-7%+43%+18%-13%
Other Crime+7%-37%-26%-14%-22%--6%+11%+22%-29%
Other Theft-17%-49%-47%-26%-23%-22%-23%-18%-22%+6%
Possession of Weapons-38%-53%+9%+111%-20%-50%-28%+150%+45%-29%
Public Order-14%-28%+15%+3%+12%+11%+30%-7%+19%-21%
Robbery+71%-42%-42%-38%-13%+13%+25%+50%+70%+71%
Shoplifting-46%-63%-67%-53%-32%-27%-27%-11%-21%-34%
Theft From the Person+4%-43%-26%-38%-68%-10%-26%-39%-60%-66%
Vehicle Crime+3%-37%-52%-36%-37%-3%+41%+54%+15%+22%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-24%-25%-22%-7%+1%+8%-15%+7%-18%

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021