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Crime and Safety in Neath

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Neath is the most dangerous small towns in West Glamorgan, and is the third most dangerous overall out of West Glamorgan's 67 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Neath in 2021 was 105 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the West Glamorgan rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Neath is the 68th most dangerous small town, and the 500th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Neath had the worst crime rate in West Glamorgan for robbery, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Neath are violence and sexual offences, with 917 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 807 offences and a difference of 5.68 from 2020's crime rate of 42. Neath's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Neath 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, West Glamorgan

29% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

27% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Neath is 29% higher than Wales and 27% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Neath Crime Rate Over Time

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Neath Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Neath 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 Neath

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211052,034
2020941,812
20191021,974
20181062,047
2017921,776
2016911,766

Crime in Neath Compared To West Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Neath This Year

 NeathWest Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour71436.8910,50326.91 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.362240.57 58% safer
Burglary874.491,1152.86 36% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson20910.803,1808.15 25% more dangerous
Drugs1226.301,2923.31 47% more dangerous
Other Crime321.655441.39 16% more dangerous
Other Theft1356.971,9294.94 29% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons221.141910.49 57% more dangerous
Public Order31316.174,11010.53 35% more dangerous
Robbery170.881460.37 58% more dangerous
Shoplifting1135.841,3643.49 40% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.521820.47 10% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime502.581,4513.72 44% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences91747.3712,32031.56 33% more dangerous

Neath Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Blaenhonddan42535.48196% safer
Clydach36147.02123% safer
Coedffranc63357.9781% safer
Gorseinon66770.4049% safer
Cockett1,13481.9028% safer
Neath2,034105.08-

Crime Over Time in Neath

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Recent Crimes in Neath

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Illtyd StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The RopewalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near George StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Poplars AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Edith Mills CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alice StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Croft RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Idwal StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Colwg Y CastellInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Quay RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greenwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lombard StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Holly RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Water StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gnoll BankUnable to prosecute suspect

Neath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32354637 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.360.460.360.36 Safer
Burglary4.44.854.5 Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson11111011 Safer
Drugs4.94.04.26 Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.11.61.6 Safer
Other Theft7877 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.830.570.881.1 Getting worse
Public Order13131316 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.360.830.88 Getting worse
Shoplifting121066 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.10.570.52 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.852.62.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43424247 Getting worse

Changes In Neath's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Neath's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Neath that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Neath Cricket Club1----00.41
Parc Melin31--418
Parc Mount Pleasant--1-302.4

Comparing Neath to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4827% safer
Sheffield90.0517% safer
Bristol90.5216% safer
Coventry102.242.8% safer
Neath105.08-
Leicester111.596% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0615% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6419% more dangerous
Bradford132.2821% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Neath's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Neath South43967Second
Neath Town1,288189First

Crime in Neath During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Neath change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Neath saw a 250% increase in shoplifting. Neath saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-45%+75%+42%+91%+26%+60%+39%+40%+109%+80%
Bicycle Theft--------+200%-
Burglary+71%-57%+75%+29%+20%-8%-42%--33%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-52%-45%-52%-50%+23%+47%+24%+24%+47%-40%
Drugs+40%+75%+125%+25%-83%-64%-50%+33%+100%+33%
Other Crime-60%--80%-25%-40%-+100%+100%-40%-
Other Theft+14%-67%-50%-18%-31%-14%+10%+8%-33%+50%
Possession of Weapons-50%------50%--+100%
Public Order---38%-16%+29%-+23%+27%-43%+6%
Robbery+100%----+100%----50%
Shoplifting-68%-68%-+250%-14%-24%-54%-36%+17%-33%
Theft From the Person----50%+100%-67%---75%-
Vehicle Crime-22%-86%--40%-44%-69%+120%-78%+150%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-41%-3%+4%-20%-12%+3%+32%+35%-8%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Neath

What police force serves Neath?
Neath's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.

How dangerous is Neath?
Neath is the most dangerous small town in West Glamorgan.

What is Neath's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Neath are violence and sexual offences.

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

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