Penylan Crime Overview

Penylan 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 Penylan in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 270% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penylan is the 56th safest small town, and the 3,297th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2017, Penylan was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for burglary, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2016 was also a bad month for Penylan residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Penylan recorded 12 reports of shoplifting during March 2016, making its crime rate of 0.89 the worst small town for shoplifting in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Penylan are violence and sexual offences, with 84 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 6. This is 24% lower than 2019's figure of 104 offences and a difference of 1.48 from 2019's crime rate of 8. Penylan's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Penylan Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Penylan This Year

 PenylanSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16512.1919,61739.21222% safer
Bicycle Theft161.181,1632.3297% safer
Burglary322.362,3224.6497% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson362.664,6129.22247% safer
Drugs161.182,2644.53284% safer
Other Crime40.307831.57423% safer
Other Theft211.553,3116.62327% safer
Possession of Weapons10.073210.64814% safer
Public Order302.225,20310.40368% safer
Robbery20.152840.57280% safer
Shoplifting110.813,3876.77736% safer
Theft From the Person20.155161.03587% safer
Vehicle Crime543.993,5077.0176% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences846.2114,55629.10369% safer

Penylan Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llandaff12814.4258% safer
Rhiwbina17415.1151% safer
Cyncoed23819.4218% safer
Heath25119.8115% safer
Whitchurch33222.531.3% safer
Penylan30922.83-
Rumney20822.980.65% more dangerous
Gabalfa27828.2919% more dangerous
Cathays57430.4825% more dangerous
Llanishen54630.9026% more dangerous
Dinas Powys27936.1137% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penylan

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Recent Crimes in Penylan

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colchester AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Winchester AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Winchester AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near GreenlawnsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Attfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mathias CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Wellfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wellfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Deri CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Deri CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Newport RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Newport RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Newport RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Newport RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021BurglaryOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021DrugsOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadOffender given a drugs possession warning
November 2021Other theftOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Rhymney River Bridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Penylan Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour710712Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.590.890.961.2Getting worse
Burglary3.63.52.22.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.92.53.52.7Safer
Drugs1.10.890.961.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.370.520.520.30Safer
Other Theft1.52.51.41.6Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.300.070.07Safer
Public Order1.32.42.52.2Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.150.220.15Safer
Shoplifting0.810.300.890.81Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.150.150.150.15No change
Vehicle Crime63.94.74.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5686Getting worse

Changes In Penylan's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Penylan to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penylan22.83-
Barnet67.7166% more dangerous
Coventry77.4171% more dangerous
Croydon83.2273% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8173% more dangerous
Bristol86.2174% more dangerous
Leicester97.4477% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8778% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2879% more dangerous
Bradford133.0283% more dangerous
Leeds137.1083% more dangerous

Crime in Penylan's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pen-y-lan North21834Second
Pen-y-lan South848120First

Crime in Penylan During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penylan change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Penylan saw a 500% increase in burglary. Penylan saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+117%+467%+78%+67%+27%-67%-8%+71%-10%+150%
Bicycle Theft---50%--75%+400%----
Burglary+100%-57%-50%+200%+100%--33%-+500%-71%
Criminal Damage and Arson-33%-33%-+33%+67%-40%-33%+100%+25%-
Drugs-+100%-+50%-+100%--50%--
Other Theft-33%--40%-75%-+150%-67%-+150%+300%
Public Order+14%-50%-71%+133%-+200%+40%-60%-40%-
Shoplifting+29%-17%-20%-57%-86%-25%-55%+200%-80%-60%
Vehicle Crime+100%-50%-88%-25%-40%-25%-+167%+40%-71%
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-70%-67%-40%-42%+300%-77%+18%+14%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penylan

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

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021