Penarth Crime Overview

Penarth 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 Penarth in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 80% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penarth is the 352nd safest small town, and the 3,402nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Penarth was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for criminal damage and arson, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.65 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Penarth residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Penarth recorded 7 reports of bicycle theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst small town for bicycle theft in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Penarth are violence and sexual offences, with 402 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 462 offences and a difference of 2.58 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Penarth's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 33% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Penarth This Year

 PenarthSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69930.0819,61739.2130% safer
Bicycle Theft210.901,1632.32158% safer
Burglary542.322,3224.64100% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1526.544,6129.2241% safer
Drugs301.292,2644.53251% safer
Other Crime261.127831.5740% safer
Other Theft853.663,3116.6281% safer
Possession of Weapons70.303210.64113% safer
Public Order1305.595,20310.4086% safer
Robbery30.132840.57338% safer
Shoplifting1024.393,3876.7754% safer
Theft From the Person50.225161.03368% safer
Vehicle Crime733.143,5077.01123% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40217.3014,55629.1068% safer

Crime in Penarth Compared To South Glamorgan

Penarth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llantwit Major37238.4322% safer
Canton60139.4619% safer
Llandaff North34940.1717% safer
Pentwyn68142.7710% safer
Splott62545.762.5% safer
Penarth1,09046.91-
Ely72647.942.1% more dangerous
Llanrumney57849.365.0% more dangerous
Trowbridge85850.547% more dangerous
Fairwater67251.409% more dangerous
Grangetown1,23055.5015% more dangerous

Penarth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19151030Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.21.10.90Safer
Burglary4.34.23.02.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8567Getting worse
Drugs0.770.901.11.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.601.01.61.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.14.94.43.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.170.220.30Getting worse
Public Order4.055.06Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.220.090.13Safer
Shoplifting4.04.664.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.430.130.22Safer
Vehicle Crime3.764.53.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15172017Safer

Changes In Penarth's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Penarth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penarth46.91-
Barnet67.7131% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2244% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Penarth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Llandough & Cogan50156Second
Lower Penarth & Sully33932Third
Penarth64360First

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 10 most dangerous small towns 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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021