Morriston Crime Overview

Morriston is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Glamorgan, and is the 35th safest overall out of West Glamorgan's 70 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Morriston in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 63% lower than the West Glamorgan rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Morriston is the 296th safest small town, and the 3,882nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2020, Morriston was the worst small town in West Glamorgan for burglary, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2019 was also a bad month for Morriston residents, when it was West Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Morriston recorded 22 reports of vehicle crime during August 2019, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst small town for vehicle crime in West Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Morriston are violence and sexual offences, with 296 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 0.68% lower than 2019's figure of 298 offences and a difference of 0.12 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Morriston's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Morriston Compared To West Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Morriston This Year

 MorristonWest Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19511.8412,97333.24181% safer
Bicycle Theft60.362730.7094% safer
Burglary593.581,4093.610.84% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson714.313,1097.9785% safer
Drugs231.401,3773.53152% safer
Other Crime120.735591.4396% safer
Other Theft482.922,0375.2279% safer
Possession of Weapons50.302220.5790% safer
Public Order774.683,5949.2197% safer
Robbery20.121520.39225% safer
Shoplifting503.041,6114.1336% safer
Theft From the Person50.301720.4447% safer
Vehicle Crime583.521,6834.3122% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29617.9811,28828.9261% safer

Morriston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llwchwr29731.1139% safer
Birchgrove25531.6237% safer
St. Thomas27032.6532% safer
Blaenhonddan41534.6525% safer
Bonymaen32443.050.46% safer
Morriston71243.25-
Mynyddbach43347.639% more dangerous
Townhill43948.2510% more dangerous
Uplands82252.1017% more dangerous
Penderry70954.2620% more dangerous
Cockett77255.7622% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Morriston

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Morriston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour128612Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.18-0.180.36Getting worse
Burglary3.23.82.63.6Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson7664.3Safer
Drugs1.91.51.31.4Safer
Other Crime0.911.00.910.73Safer
Other Theft4.43.73.72.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.180.300.30Getting worse
Public Order4.94.64.74.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.240.300.120.12Safer
Shoplifting0.611.11.13.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.490.060.30Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.83.663.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15171818Getting worse

Changes In Morriston's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Morriston's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ynystawe Cricket Ground5---448

Comparing Morriston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Morriston43.25-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8150% more dangerous
Bristol86.2150% more dangerous
Leicester97.4456% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2860% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Morriston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Morriston North54161Second
Morriston South838110First

Crime in Morriston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Morriston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Morriston saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Morriston saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-54%+250%+44%+118%+38%-+150%+150%+200%+425%
Bicycle Theft----+100%-----
Burglary--40%-88%-60%+200%+43%-25%+150%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%+17%-75%-40%-10%+29%-57%+67%-38%+60%
Drugs-50%-+100%+100%---60%---
Other Crime+100%-75%-----33%-+100%+100%
Other Theft--75%-83%-60%-67%+500%-25%-17%-29%-75%
Possession of Weapons------+100%---
Public Order+120%-+250%+25%-75%+67%+67%-20%-63%+40%
Shoplifting----+700%+100%-80%-83%+300%+100%
Vehicle Crime-+33%--63%-30%-77%-38%-75%-67%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-41%+32%-+33%+43%+43%+47%-12%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Morriston

What police force serves Morriston?
Morriston's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Morriston?
Morriston is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Glamorgan.
What is Morriston's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Morriston are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Morriston?
Morriston's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021