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Crime and Safety in Gabalfa

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Gabalfa is the third most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 55 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gabalfa in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gabalfa is the 322nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,974th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Gabalfa was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Gabalfa residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Gabalfa recorded 5 reports of shoplifting during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.51 the worst small town for shoplifting in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Gabalfa are violence and sexual offences, with 207 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 177 offences and a difference of 3.05 from 2020's crime rate of 18. Gabalfa's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 250% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Gabalfa 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, South Glamorgan

19% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gabalfa is 19% lower than Wales and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gabalfa Crime Rate Over Time

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Gabalfa Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Gabalfa represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Gabalfa

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202163622
202065638
201989877
201888869
201790881
201696940

Crime in Gabalfa Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Gabalfa This Year

 GabalfaSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24024.4215,91731.82 30% safer
Bicycle Theft404.071,1052.21 46% more dangerous
Burglary404.072,2374.47 10% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson666.724,3928.78 31% safer
Drugs171.731,9293.86 123% safer
Other Crime80.817171.43 77% safer
Other Theft444.483,2266.45 44% safer
Possession of Weapons20.203080.62 210% safer
Public Order596.005,78211.56 93% safer
Robbery40.412620.52 27% safer
Shoplifting636.413,3216.64 3.6% safer
Theft From the Person40.413820.76 85% safer
Vehicle Crime686.923,0386.07 12% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences20721.0615,98531.95 52% safer

Gabalfa Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Pentwyn1086.78833% safer
Grangetown1657.44751% safer
Llantwit Major36037.1970% safer
Dinas Powys30439.3561% safer
Penarth1,02544.1143% safer
Gabalfa62263.29-
Trowbridge1,61595.1333% more dangerous
Ely1,579104.2639% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gabalfa

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Recent Crimes in Gabalfa

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Heathfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Llantarnam RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Joseph'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Llantarnam RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parkfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Flint StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Railway StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near St Joseph'S CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Allensbank CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heathfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Canada RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Llys Tal-Y-Bont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Railway StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Curll AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Llys Tal-Y-Bont RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Gabalfa Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour10142324 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft663.94.1 Safer
Burglary663.64.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111187 Safer
Drugs2.23.32.41.7 Safer
Other Crime0.921.10.920.81 Safer
Other Theft10874.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.710.200.710.20 Safer
Public Order6786 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.610.510.410.41 Safer
Shoplifting101056 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.410.610.410.41 Safer
Vehicle Crime191477 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16231821 Getting worse

Changes In Gabalfa's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Gabalfa to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Gabalfa63.29-
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5230% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% 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 March, when Gabalfa saw a 500% increase in burglary. Gabalfa saw a large fall in burglary during September, when it fell by 90% compared to September in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Gabalfa's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+27%+125%+115%+100%+80%-62%+6%+147%+93%+83%
Bicycle Theft-43%-25%-78%+50%-33%-71%-25%-50%+20%+100%
Burglary+500%-80%-20%-86%-33%--90%---67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-14%-20%-36%+33%-13%-33%-64%--80%
Drugs--50%-71%---50%--75%-75%+50%
Other Crime----------67%
Other Theft+20%-90%--25%-30%-50%--43%-71%-63%
Public Order+60%+50%+75%-56%+20%+125%+100%-45%+17%-50%
Robbery------+100%---
Shoplifting-69%-70%-71%-75%-43%-78%-36%-57%-14%+300%
Vehicle Crime--79%-60%-25%-25%-55%-50%-56%-60%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%-16%-45%-20%-17%+21%-52%-62%+5%-55%

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 the third most dangerous small town 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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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