Fairwater Crime Overview

Fairwater 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 Fairwater in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 64% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fairwater is the 419th most dangerous small town, and the 2,893rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Fairwater was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Fairwater residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Fairwater recorded 1 report of robbery during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst small town for robbery in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Fairwater are violence and sexual offences, with 256 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 1.15 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Fairwater's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Fairwater This Year

 FairwaterSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37028.3019,61739.2139% safer
Bicycle Theft100.761,1632.32205% safer
Burglary292.222,3224.64109% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson665.054,6129.2283% safer
Drugs403.062,2644.5348% safer
Other Crime211.617831.572.5% more dangerous
Other Theft604.593,3116.6244% safer
Possession of Weapons30.233210.64178% safer
Public Order916.965,20310.4049% safer
Robbery60.462840.5724% safer
Shoplifting614.673,3876.7745% safer
Theft From the Person40.315161.03232% safer
Vehicle Crime251.913,5077.01267% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25619.5814,55629.1049% safer

Crime in Fairwater Compared To South Glamorgan

Fairwater Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Splott62545.7612% safer
Penarth1,09046.9110% safer
Ely72647.947% safer
Llanrumney57849.364.1% safer
Trowbridge85850.541.7% safer
Fairwater67251.40-
Grangetown1,23055.507% more dangerous
Riverside84459.8714% more dangerous
Butetown93065.9922% more dangerous
Caerau80066.7623% more dangerous
Adamsdown97180.4336% more dangerous

Fairwater Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23141528Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.380.920.310.76Getting worse
Burglary54.22.92.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6565Safer
Drugs0.690.921.33.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.41.11.6Getting worse
Other Theft554.04.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.380.230.23Safer
Public Order6567Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.080.150.46Getting worse
Shoplifting9654.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.230.310.31Safer
Vehicle Crime3.12.72.71.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19181820Getting worse

Changes In Fairwater's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Fairwater to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Fairwater51.40-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2238% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2140% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Fairwater's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fairwater North62794First
Fairwater South53283Second

Crime in Fairwater During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Fairwater change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Fairwater saw a 500% increase in other theft. Fairwater saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-35%+350%+460%+18%-18%+48%+79%+147%+200%+400%
Bicycle Theft---+200%------
Burglary--78%-83%-60%+400%--67%+200%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%+100%+233%-33%-60%-50%-+133%-38%-50%
Drugs-50%-+300%-+200%+50%---+300%
Other Crime+50%--+50%+100%---+400%-
Other Theft-+500%-33%-71%+75%-60%-50%-43%-+100%
Public Order+25%-14%+9%-27%-22%+57%+80%-25%+75%+250%
Robbery---+100%------
Shoplifting+50%--57%+300%+250%-71%-+167%+200%-50%
Vehicle Crime-75%-78%-67%-33%--75%-+300%+200%+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%+100%-15%+40%-20%--25%+18%+13%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Fairwater

What police force serves Fairwater?
Fairwater's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Fairwater?
Fairwater is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan.
What is Fairwater's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Fairwater are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Fairwater?
Fairwater's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021