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Crime and Safety in Riverside

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Riverside is among the top 10 safest small towns in South Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of South Glamorgan's 55 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Riverside in 2021 was 1.1 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares similarly to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 7949% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Riverside is the 24th safest small town, and the 128th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2018, Riverside was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2017 was also a bad month for Riverside 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.

The most common crime in Riverside is public order, with 4 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 0.28. This is 50% higher than 2020's figure of 2 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2020's crime rate of 0.14. Riverside's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Riverside 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, South Glamorgan

6981% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

7111% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Riverside is 6981% lower than Wales and 7111% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Riverside Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Riverside 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 Riverside

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211.115
20201.623
20192.434
20182.941
20172.840
20164.057

Crime in Riverside Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Riverside This Year

 RiversideSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour211.4915,91731.82 2036% safer
Bicycle Theft10.071,1052.21 3057% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20.144,3928.78 6171% safer
Drugs10.071,9293.86 5414% safer
Other Theft30.213,2266.45 2971% safer
Public Order40.285,78211.56 4029% safer
Vehicle Crime10.073,0386.07 8571% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30.2115,98531.95 15114% safer

Riverside Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llanishen50.28279% safer
Butetown90.6466% safer
Canton120.7934% safer
Splott110.8131% safer
Whitchurch151.023.9% safer
Riverside151.06-
Llandaff North101.158% more dangerous
Rhiwbina171.4828% more dangerous
Caerau443.6771% more dangerous
Pentwyn1086.7884% more dangerous
Grangetown1657.4486% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Riverside

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Recent Crimes in Riverside

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022BurglaryOn or near Cardiff RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Public orderOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Riverside Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1.10.352.11.5 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.500.070.07 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson0.210.280.210.14 Safer
Drugs0.140.070.140.07 Safer
Other Theft0.140.350.140.21 Safer
Public Order0.280.280.140.28 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.990.430.350.07 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences0.500.430.280.21 Safer

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 2021.

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

Comparing Riverside to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Riverside1.06-
Barnet67.0898% more dangerous
Croydon82.4899% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0599% more dangerous
Bristol90.5299% more dangerous
Coventry102.2499% more dangerous
Leicester111.5999% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0699% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6499% more dangerous
Bradford132.2899% more dangerous
Leeds150.9499% more dangerous

Crime in Riverside's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Pontcanna734110Second
South Riverside1,191160First

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 400% increase in anti-social behaviour. Riverside saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during August, when it fell by 67% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour--+400%-+200%-67%----
Criminal Damage and Arson------50%----
Other Theft----------
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences----------

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 10 safest small towns in South Glamorgan.

What is Riverside's most common crime?
The most common crime in Riverside is public order.

What is the least common crime in Riverside?
Riverside's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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