Cathays Crime Overview

Cathays is among the top 10 safest small towns in South Glamorgan, and is the 24th safest overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cathays in 2020 was 30 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 177% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cathays is the 121st safest small town, and the 5,033rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Cathays was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Cathays residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.74 per 1,000 residents. Cathays recorded 8 reports of theft from the person during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.42 the worst small town for theft from the person in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Cathays are violence and sexual offences, with 155 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 8. This is 40% lower than 2019's figure of 217 offences and a difference of 3.29 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Cathays's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Cathays Compared To South Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Cathays This Year

 CathaysSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50626.8719,61739.2146% safer
Bicycle Theft261.381,1632.3268% safer
Burglary321.702,3224.64173% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson743.934,6129.22135% safer
Drugs633.352,2644.5335% safer
Other Crime60.327831.57391% safer
Other Theft593.133,3116.62112% safer
Possession of Weapons30.163210.64300% safer
Public Order371.975,20310.40428% safer
Robbery20.112840.57418% safer
Shoplifting311.653,3876.77310% safer
Theft From the Person371.975161.0348% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime492.603,5077.01170% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1558.2314,55629.10254% safer

Cathays Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heath25119.8154% safer
Whitchurch33222.5335% safer
Penylan30922.8334% safer
Rumney20822.9833% safer
Gabalfa27828.298% safer
Cathays57430.48-
Llanishen54630.901.4% more dangerous
Dinas Powys27936.1116% more dangerous
Roath67937.6419% more dangerous
Llantwit Major37238.4321% more dangerous
Canton60139.4623% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cathays

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Cathays Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1010727Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.01.71.4Safer
Burglary2.22.03.71.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.94.73.43.9Safer
Drugs1.41.92.63.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.320.640.210.32Safer
Other Theft3.12.34.13.1Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.160.320.16Safer
Public Order2.32.93.32.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.110.270.270.11Safer
Shoplifting3.22.91.41.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.421.82.0Getting worse
Vehicle Crime54.24.02.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences77128Safer

Changes In Cathays's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cathays to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cathays30.48-
Barnet67.7155% more dangerous
Coventry77.4161% more dangerous
Croydon83.2263% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8164% more dangerous
Bristol86.2165% more dangerous
Leicester97.4469% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8770% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2872% more dangerous
Bradford133.0277% more dangerous
Leeds137.1078% more dangerous

Crime in Cathays During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cathays change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Cathays saw a 933% increase in anti-social behaviour. Cathays saw a large fall in other theft during September, when it fell by 86% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+414%+229%+371%+46%+933%+667%+793%+400%-
Bicycle Theft+100%-33%---67%-33%+100%-50%--60%
Burglary--+14%-75%-33%--75%-50%--50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+250%--50%-+75%+50%-25%--22%-
Drugs+50%-67%-+133%+120%+67%+14%+250%-67%-80%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-14%-29%--33%-40%+20%-86%-14%-59%-17%
Possession of Weapons---50%-------
Public Order+200%--17%-50%-+67%-40%-73%-75%+50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting---33%-+67%+100%--33%--
Theft From the Person-----+100%----
Vehicle Crime-50%-71%--70%-33%-50%-44%--33%+125%
Violence and Sexual Offences-45%-42%-67%-48%-63%+29%+100%-12%-16%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cathays

What police force serves Cathays?
Cathays's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Cathays?
Cathays is among the top 10 safest small towns in South Glamorgan.
What is Cathays's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cathays are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cathays?
Cathays's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021