Riverside Crime Overview

Riverside is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Riverside in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 41% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Riverside is the 314th most dangerous small town, and the 2,100th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Riverside was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Riverside residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.71 per 1,000 residents. Riverside recorded 18 reports of criminal damage and arson during August 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Riverside are violence and sexual offences, with 266 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 231 offences and a difference of 2.48 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Riverside's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Riverside Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Riverside This Year

 RiversideSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35325.0419,61739.2157% safer
Bicycle Theft523.691,1632.3237% more dangerous
Burglary563.972,3224.6417% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson815.754,6129.2260% safer
Drugs473.332,2644.5336% safer
Other Crime110.787831.57101% safer
Other Theft513.623,3116.6283% safer
Possession of Weapons50.353210.6483% safer
Public Order866.105,20310.4070% safer
Robbery181.282840.5755% more dangerous
Shoplifting684.823,3876.7740% safer
Theft From the Person90.645161.0361% safer
Vehicle Crime946.673,5077.015% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26618.8714,55629.1054% safer

Riverside Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ely72647.9425% safer
Llanrumney57849.3621% safer
Trowbridge85850.5418% safer
Fairwater67251.4016% safer
Grangetown1,23055.508% safer
Riverside84459.87-
Butetown93065.999% more dangerous
Caerau80066.7610% more dangerous
Adamsdown97180.4326% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Riverside

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Recent Crimes in Riverside

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cowbridge Road EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowbridge Road EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Iestyn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Iestyn StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Severn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021DrugsOn or near Gileston RoadLocal resolution
November 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Theft from the personOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gray LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Lyndhurst StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Lyndhurst StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Riverside Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21181125Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.02.83.13.7Getting worse
Burglary5.04.554.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6686Safer
Drugs1.93.43.13.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.990.920.78Safer
Other Theft5553.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.640.430.35Safer
Public Order55.086Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.500.211.3Getting worse
Shoplifting9784.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.570.710.850.64Safer
Vehicle Crime10787Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17151619Getting worse

Changes In Riverside's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Riverside's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Riverside that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pontcanna Fields191--270.83
Sophia Gardens5314739168

Comparing Riverside to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Riverside59.87-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Riverside's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pontcanna720108Second
South Riverside1,289173First

Crime in Riverside During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Riverside change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Riverside saw a 917% increase in anti-social behaviour. Riverside saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 91% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+571%+917%+277%+64%+19%+136%+179%+133%+289%
Bicycle Theft--71%+50%-38%-71%+275%-20%+29%-29%+50%
Burglary+300%+133%-27%-50%-50%+50%-27%+67%-29%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-43%-43%+100%-63%+50%-11%+133%-14%-27%
Drugs+50%-+120%-50%+100%-71%-64%+67%+300%-25%
Other Crime-+400%--+25%-----
Other Theft-64%-68%-38%+43%+33%--46%-38%-50%-56%
Public Order-57%-30%+7%+88%-20%+108%--36%+40%-
Robbery-+100%--+100%-50%-75%-+300%-
Shoplifting-83%-67%-86%--82%-91%+25%+200%-80%-50%
Theft From the Person--+100%+100%+50%+50%----
Vehicle Crime+57%-33%-45%-50%-50%-45%+25%-17%-50%+13%
Violence and Sexual Offences-22%--16%+8%+57%+117%+33%-11%-26%+19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Riverside

What police force serves Riverside?
Riverside's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Riverside?
Riverside is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan.
What is Riverside's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Riverside are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Riverside?
Riverside's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021