Whitchurch Crime Overview

Whitchurch is among the top 5 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 Whitchurch in 2020 was 23 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 275% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitchurch is the 52nd safest small town, and the 3,235th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2016, Whitchurch was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for drugs, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2016 was also a bad month for Whitchurch residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.54 per 1,000 residents. Whitchurch recorded 8 reports of shoplifting during June 2016, making its crime rate of 0.54 the worst small town for shoplifting in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Whitchurch are violence and sexual offences, with 84 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 6. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 98 offences and a difference of 0.95 from 2019's crime rate of 7. Whitchurch's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 400% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Whitchurch This Year

 WhitchurchSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19012.9019,61739.21204% safer
Bicycle Theft70.481,1632.32383% safer
Burglary201.362,3224.64241% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson483.264,6129.22183% safer
Drugs201.362,2644.53233% safer
Other Crime40.277831.57481% safer
Other Theft372.513,3116.62164% safer
Possession of Weapons10.073210.64814% safer
Public Order261.765,20310.40491% safer
Robbery10.072840.57714% safer
Shoplifting453.053,3876.77122% safer
Theft From the Person10.075161.031371% safer
Vehicle Crime382.583,5077.01172% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences845.7014,55629.10411% safer

Crime in Whitchurch Compared To South Glamorgan

Whitchurch Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llandaff12814.4256% safer
Rhiwbina17415.1149% safer
Cyncoed23819.4216% safer
Heath25119.8114% safer
Whitchurch33222.53-
Penylan30922.831.3% more dangerous
Rumney20822.982.0% more dangerous
Gabalfa27828.2920% more dangerous
Cathays57430.4826% more dangerous
Llanishen54630.9027% more dangerous

Whitchurch Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour64.8713Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.410.610.48Safer
Burglary3.92.22.01.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.04.03.53.3Safer
Drugs0.410.410.681.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.610.200.410.27Safer
Other Theft4.32.33.52.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.07-0.340.07Safer
Public Order2.01.41.41.8Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.07--0.07No change
Shoplifting3.03.74.13.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.070.270.270.07Safer
Vehicle Crime4.13.94.22.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5676Safer

Changes In Whitchurch's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Whitchurch to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Whitchurch22.53-
Barnet67.7167% more dangerous
Coventry77.4171% more dangerous
Croydon83.2273% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8174% more dangerous
Bristol86.2174% more dangerous
Leicester97.4477% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8778% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2879% more dangerous
Bradford133.0283% more dangerous
Leeds137.1084% more dangerous

Crime in Whitchurch During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitchurch change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Whitchurch saw a 329% increase in anti-social behaviour. Whitchurch saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 91% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%+210%+329%+92%+138%-+150%+100%+180%+50%
Burglary-50%+150%--+25%-50%-33%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+67%-50%-91%-25%-+100%-33%+133%-67%-
Drugs+100%--+200%--50%----
Other Crime----------
Other Theft---33%-50%+300%+33%-29%-63%-83%-83%
Public Order-+100%---33%--50%-+33%-
Shoplifting-29%-83%+67%+50%-14%+14%-56%+300%+200%-
Theft From the Person-----50%-----
Vehicle Crime-33%-89%-50%-80%+50%-67%-20%--57%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-75%-+60%+100%-56%--+100%-46%-45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitchurch

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

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021