Ely Crime Overview

Ely is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns 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 Ely in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 76% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ely is the 375th safest small town, and the 3,289th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Ely was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for violence and sexual offences, with 38 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.5 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2019 was also a bad month for Ely residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Ely recorded 10 reports of burglary during January 2019, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst small town for burglary in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Ely are violence and sexual offences, with 357 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 3.9% higher than 2019's figure of 343 offences and a difference of 0.92 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Ely'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 Ely Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Ely This Year

 ElySouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33021.7919,61739.2180% safer
Bicycle Theft60.401,1632.32480% safer
Burglary171.122,3224.64314% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson895.884,6129.2257% safer
Drugs271.782,2644.53154% safer
Other Crime150.997831.5759% safer
Other Theft452.973,3116.62123% safer
Possession of Weapons40.263210.64146% safer
Public Order1238.125,20310.4028% safer
Robbery20.132840.57338% safer
Shoplifting130.863,3876.77687% safer
Theft From the Person40.265161.03296% safer
Vehicle Crime241.583,5077.01344% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35723.5714,55629.1023% safer

Ely Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Canton60139.4621% safer
Llandaff North34940.1719% safer
Pentwyn68142.7712% safer
Splott62545.764.8% safer
Penarth1,09046.912.2% safer
Llanrumney57849.362.9% more dangerous
Trowbridge85850.545% more dangerous
Fairwater67251.407% more dangerous
Grangetown1,23055.5014% more dangerous
Riverside84459.8720% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ely

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Ely Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24181222Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.530.200.40Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.20.991.10.99Safer
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.460.130.200.26Safer
Public Order5668Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.070.330.13Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.330.400.26Safer
Vehicle Crime1.
Violence and Sexual Offences19212324Getting worse

Changes In Ely's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ely to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2242% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2144% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8753% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Ely's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ely East869112First
Ely West52285Second

Crime in Ely During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ely change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Ely saw a 300% increase in vehicle crime. Ely saw a large fall in other theft during May, when it fell by 82% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-56%+213%+282%+100%+38%-+150%+163%+60%+60%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson--67%+40%+117%+40%+120%-38%-44%+40%+14%
Other Crime----33%+100%-+100%-75%--50%
Other Theft--63%-82%-33%-14%-50%-40%-50%+50%+20%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+29%+40%+160%-40%-13%+75%+57%+133%+100%+43%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-+100%----67%-+300%-33%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+12%-30%-36%+22%-+42%+30%-4%+28%+58%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ely

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021