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 September 2019, Ely was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for violence and sexual offences, with 34 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Ely residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Ely recorded 2 reports of robbery during October 2018, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for robbery 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
Ely72647.94-
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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Recent Crimes in Ely

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Ronald PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Foxglove CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxglove CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llanover RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021BurglaryOn or near Plymouth Wood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Plymouth Wood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Possession of weaponsOn or near Plymouth Wood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Plymouth Wood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coed ArhydUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Jackson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Jackson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Courtis RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Macdonald RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stanway RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sevenoaks RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sevenoaks RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hollycroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hollycroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hollycroft CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Ely Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24181222Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.530.530.200.40Safer
Burglary3.34.02.61.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs1.31.62.01.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.991.10.99Safer
Other Theft3.44.44.73.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.130.200.26Safer
Public Order5668Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.070.330.13Safer
Shoplifting1.11.52.20.86Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.330.400.26Safer
Vehicle Crime1.61.81.61.6Safer
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
Ely47.94-
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 September, when Ely saw a 214% increase in anti-social behaviour. Ely saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-61%+121%+132%+125%+6%-10%+214%+113%+82%+56%
Burglary--60%-+100%+200%---+100%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-88%-38%+60%--29%--+100%-30%
Drugs+200%--33%+200%-+200%-40%-75%+150%+200%
Other Crime--------67%-50%-50%
Other Theft+33%+200%-83%-75%--60%-67%+33%--20%
Possession of Weapons--50%--------
Public Order-30%+75%+33%+40%-18%-20%-42%+117%+17%-20%
Shoplifting-67%---40%--83%-50%-83%-75%-
Vehicle Crime--33%-33%-50%--+50%+200%-75%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+36%+25%-37%--36%+21%-12%+29%+62%+36%

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: 31 Dec 2021