Castle Crime Overview

Castle is the most dangerous small town in West Glamorgan, and is the second most dangerous overall out of West Glamorgan's 70 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Castle in 2020 was 145 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 51% higher than the West Glamorgan rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Castle is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns, and the 155th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Castle had the worst crime rate in West Glamorgan for drugs, with 32 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Castle residents, when it was West Glamorgan's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Castle recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst for possession of weapons in West Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Castle are violence and sexual offences, with 868 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 954 offences and a difference of 4.80 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Castle's least common crime is robbery, with 26 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 8% from 2019's figure of 24 crimes.

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See how Castle shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Castle and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Castle Compared To West Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Castle This Year

 CastleWest Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour91150.9112,97333.2435% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft331.842730.7062% more dangerous
Burglary1196.651,4093.6146% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1679.333,1097.9715% more dangerous
Drugs31317.491,3773.5380% more dangerous
Other Crime553.075591.4353% more dangerous
Other Theft1639.112,0375.2243% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons321.792220.5768% more dangerous
Public Order30617.103,5949.2146% more dangerous
Robbery261.451520.3973% more dangerous
Shoplifting34719.391,6114.1379% more dangerous
Theft From the Person563.131720.4486% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1055.871,6834.3127% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences86848.5111,28828.9240% more dangerous

Castle Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Penderry70954.26167% safer
Cockett77255.76160% safer
Gorseinon59763.01130% safer
Coedffranc79572.8099% safer
Neath1,81293.6155% safer
Castle2,590144.73-

Crime Over Time in Castle

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Castle Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour55494451Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.13.13.31.8Safer
Burglary864.67Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1613139Safer
Drugs14151617Getting worse
Other Crime3.23.04.03.1Safer
Other Theft1617179Safer
Possession of Weapons2.02.42.11.8Safer
Public Order15171917Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.71.31.4Safer
Shoplifting37414119Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)4.564.23.1Safer
Vehicle Crime8776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45515349Safer

Changes In Castle's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Castle to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71114% safer
Coventry77.4187% safer
Croydon83.2274% safer
Sheffield85.8169% safer
Bristol86.2168% safer
Leicester97.4449% safer
Birmingham102.8741% safer
Liverpool107.2835% safer
Bradford133.029% safer
Leeds137.106% safer
Castle144.73-

Crime in Castle's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Swansea2,847277First

Crime in Castle During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Castle change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Castle saw a 150% increase in other crime. Castle saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Castle's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-31%+60%+43%+36%-30%+12%-11%+37%+50%+31%
Bicycle Theft--80%-50%+50%+100%-60%+100%+20%-75%-
Burglary+57%+140%-38%+125%+63%+83%-13%-+29%+75%
Criminal Damage and Arson+6%+67%-55%-50%-52%-30%-5%--27%-8%
Drugs+100%-35%+43%+32%+7%-11%+43%-13%+14%-44%
Other Crime+150%-33%-22%-88%+20%-50%--50%+20%-10%
Other Theft-5%-70%-39%-37%-48%-62%-55%-63%-58%-76%
Possession of Weapons-33%--+25%--67%--67%+33%+100%
Public Order+61%-45%-41%-23%+33%+9%-54%-18%-15%+25%
Robbery-+100%---33%-25%-+50%--50%
Shoplifting+43%-87%-71%-76%-39%-70%-50%-58%-73%-55%
Theft From the Person-25%-92%-50%--+75%-14%-40%+100%-20%
Vehicle Crime+56%-47%-55%-54%-71%-40%+20%+150%-30%-18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-17%-21%+6%-27%+6%+3%-36%-24%-3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Castle

What police force serves Castle?
Castle's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Castle?
Castle is the most dangerous small town in West Glamorgan.
What is Castle's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Castle are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Castle?
Castle's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021