Roath Crime Overview

Roath is among the top 20 safest small towns in South Glamorgan, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Roath in 2020 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 124% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Roath is the 208th safest small town, and the 4,866th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Roath was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.78 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Roath residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Roath recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for possession of weapons in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Roath are violence and sexual offences, with 212 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 244 offences and a difference of 1.78 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Roath's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Roath Compared To South Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Roath This Year

 RoathSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27815.4119,61739.21154% safer
Bicycle Theft90.501,1632.32364% safer
Burglary492.722,3224.6471% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson723.994,6129.22131% safer
Drugs492.722,2644.5367% safer
Other Crime90.507831.57214% safer
Other Theft522.883,3116.62130% safer
Possession of Weapons40.223210.64191% safer
Public Order784.325,20310.40141% safer
Robbery80.442840.5730% safer
Shoplifting140.783,3876.77768% safer
Theft From the Person100.555161.0387% safer
Vehicle Crime1136.263,5077.0112% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21211.7514,55629.10148% safer

Roath Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rumney20822.9864% safer
Gabalfa27828.2933% safer
Cathays57430.4823% safer
Llanishen54630.9022% safer
Dinas Powys27936.114.2% safer
Roath67937.64-
Llantwit Major37238.432.1% more dangerous
Canton60139.464.6% more dangerous
Llandaff North34940.176% more dangerous
Pentwyn68142.7712% more dangerous
Splott62545.7618% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Roath

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Roath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1112815Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.61.81.20.50Safer
Burglary3.93.62.82.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.64.754.0Safer
Drugs1.32.22.82.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.500.440.550.50Getting worse
Other Theft64.24.32.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.390.330.22Safer
Public Order2.32.764.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.330.440.44Getting worse
Shoplifting0.720.940.610.78Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.670.670.55Safer
Vehicle Crime6556Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences8111412Getting worse

Changes In Roath's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Roath to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Roath37.64-
Barnet67.7144% more dangerous
Coventry77.4151% more dangerous
Croydon83.2255% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8156% more dangerous
Bristol86.2156% more dangerous
Leicester97.4461% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8763% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2865% more dangerous
Bradford133.0272% more dangerous
Leeds137.1073% more dangerous

Crime in Roath's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Plasnewydd1,614157First
Roath63983Second

Crime in Roath During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Roath change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Roath saw a 500% increase in burglary. Roath saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 75% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+280%+86%+129%+36%+25%+14%+338%+363%+360%
Bicycle Theft--67%----67%--75%--
Burglary+200%+500%-75%+100%-20%-75%-+400%--40%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-33%-60%-71%+38%-17%+40%--33%-
Drugs-50%+100%--56%-60%+50%+200%--25%-40%
Other Crime---------50%-75%
Other Theft-55%-40%-33%-73%+33%-29%-33%-50%-13%-
Public Order-33%-75%-29%-+60%+33%-30%-62%-58%-14%
Robbery------50%----
Shoplifting---------67%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-+40%-25%-69%-29%+67%+29%+86%+157%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-50%-14%-16%-44%-46%+29%+17%-5%-31%+22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Roath

What police force serves Roath?
Roath's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Roath?
Roath is among the top 20 safest small towns in South Glamorgan.
What is Roath's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Roath are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Roath?
Roath's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021