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Crime and Safety in Penarth

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Penarth is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 55 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penarth in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 93% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penarth is the 248th safest small town, and the 4,052nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Penarth was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Penarth residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Penarth recorded 3 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for drugs in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Penarth are violence and sexual offences, with 417 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 3.6% higher than 2020's figure of 402 offences and a difference of 0.65 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Penarth's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Penarth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, South Glamorgan

70% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

73% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Penarth is 70% lower than Wales and 73% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Penarth Crime Rate Over Time

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Penarth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Penarth 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 Penarth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021441,025
2020471,090
2019531,221
2018521,197
2017471,095
2016431,002

Crime in Penarth Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Penarth This Year

 PenarthSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46119.8415,91731.82 60% safer
Bicycle Theft271.161,1052.21 91% safer
Burglary522.242,2374.47 100% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1305.594,3928.78 57% safer
Drugs130.561,9293.86 589% safer
Other Crime90.397171.43 267% safer
Other Theft512.193,2266.45 195% safer
Possession of Weapons50.223080.62 182% safer
Public Order1496.415,78211.56 80% safer
Robbery30.132620.52 300% safer
Shoplifting773.313,3216.64 101% safer
Theft From the Person60.263820.76 192% safer
Vehicle Crime863.703,0386.07 64% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41717.9515,98531.95 78% safer

Penarth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caerau443.671102% safer
Pentwyn1086.78551% safer
Grangetown1657.44493% safer
Llantwit Major36037.1919% safer
Dinas Powys30439.3512% safer
Penarth1,02544.11-
Gabalfa62263.2930% more dangerous
Trowbridge1,61595.1354% more dangerous
Ely1,579104.2658% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penarth

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Recent Crimes in Penarth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Cornerswell LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Paul'S AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ferry TerminalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Earl RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brockhill RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pierhead ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Queen'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grove PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Royal CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Steep StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Plas TaliesinInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Plas St AndresseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little Dock StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near MeadowsideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wood StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Byron CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near A4160Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chandlers WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Penarth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15103020 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.10.901.2 Safer
Burglary4.23.02.32.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5676 Safer
Drugs0.901.11.30.56 Safer
Other Crime1.01.61.10.39 Safer
Other Theft4.94.43.72.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.220.300.22 Safer
Public Order55.066 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.220.090.130.13 Safer
Shoplifting4.664.43.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.130.220.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.53.13.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17201718 Getting worse

Changes In Penarth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Penarth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Penarth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Maes Hamdden Cwrt-y-vil-----10.19

Comparing Penarth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penarth44.11-
Barnet67.0834% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0551% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Coventry102.2457% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Penarth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Llandough & Cogan47854First
Lower Penarth & Sully35434Third
Penarth56353Second

Crime in Penarth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penarth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Penarth saw a 500% increase in anti-social behaviour. Penarth saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 89% compared to June in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Penarth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+68%+291%+272%+245%+135%+500%+89%+227%+162%+492%
Bicycle Theft-33%+17%-50%-20%--+200%---
Burglary--55%-50%-40%+75%-33%-17%--17%-71%
Criminal Damage and Arson-42%--25%+113%+70%+56%+22%-50%-+7%
Drugs---+150%-50%--50%+200%+33%-86%
Other Crime-75%--+200%-50%-60%-20%-33%--67%
Other Theft-64%-80%-13%+43%-33%+17%-55%+80%-18%+50%
Possession of Weapons---------50%-
Public Order-+163%-67%+17%-+60%+71%-27%-18%-63%
Shoplifting-9%-38%+9%-89%+42%-60%-68%-9%-23%-75%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime+17%+17%-50%-75%-73%-57%-67%-45%-43%+133%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-3%-13%-16%-12%-45%+32%-15%-18%-31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penarth

What police force serves Penarth?
Penarth's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.

How dangerous is Penarth?
Penarth is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in South Glamorgan.

What is Penarth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penarth are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Penarth?
Penarth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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