Gabalfa Crime Overview

Gabalfa is among the top 10 safest small towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gabalfa in 2020 was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 198% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gabalfa is the 102nd safest small town, and the 4,546th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2019, Gabalfa was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for vehicle crime, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2017 was also a bad month for Gabalfa residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Gabalfa recorded 4 reports of bicycle theft during February 2015, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst small town for bicycle theft in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Gabalfa are violence and sexual offences, with 98 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 40% lower than 2019's figure of 137 offences and a difference of 3.97 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Gabalfa's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Gabalfa Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Gabalfa This Year

 GabalfaSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12412.6219,61739.21211% safer
Bicycle Theft60.611,1632.32280% safer
Burglary191.932,3224.64140% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson373.764,6129.22145% safer
Drugs80.812,2644.53459% safer
Other Crime60.617831.57157% safer
Other Theft232.343,3116.62183% safer
Possession of Weapons40.413210.6456% safer
Public Order323.265,20310.40219% safer
Shoplifting121.223,3876.77455% safer
Theft From the Person20.205161.03415% safer
Vehicle Crime313.153,5077.01123% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences989.9714,55629.10192% safer

Gabalfa Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cyncoed23819.4246% safer
Heath25119.8143% safer
Whitchurch33222.5326% safer
Penylan30922.8324% safer
Rumney20822.9823% safer
Gabalfa27828.29-
Cathays57430.487% more dangerous
Llanishen54630.908% more dangerous
Dinas Powys27936.1122% more dangerous
Roath67937.6425% more dangerous
Llantwit Major37238.4326% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gabalfa

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Gabalfa Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour106713Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.02.02.40.61Safer
Burglary4.03.33.01.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.6673.8Safer
Drugs0.810.711.40.81Safer
Other Crime0.610.410.710.61Getting worse
Other Theft3.22.22.02.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.410.100.41Getting worse
Public Order3.33.84.03.3Safer
Shoplifting93.23.81.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.310.310.310.20Safer
Vehicle Crime81183.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences891410Safer

Changes In Gabalfa's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gabalfa to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Gabalfa28.29-
Barnet67.7158% more dangerous
Coventry77.4163% more dangerous
Croydon83.2266% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8167% more dangerous
Bristol86.2167% more dangerous
Leicester97.4471% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8772% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2874% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1079% more dangerous

Crime in Gabalfa During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gabalfa change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Gabalfa saw a 800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Gabalfa saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Gabalfa's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+71%+150%-22%+333%+140%-67%-18%+800%+175%+133%
Bicycle Theft------50%--67%-50%-
Burglary--80%---67%---+150%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+67%-40%-44%-33%-50%-63%-92%--33%
Drugs---------+200%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft----67%-25%---50%--50%
Public Order+400%-50%-50%-25%-50%+67%+100%-89%+33%-50%
Shoplifting-71%-88%-----80%---
Vehicle Crime-50%-83%-20%+20%--33%-57%-67%-50%-20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-31%-8%-58%-25%+20%-38%-67%-85%-15%-42%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gabalfa

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021