Swansea Crime Overview

Swansea is the most dangerous city in West Glamorgan, and is the 29th safest overall out of West Glamorgan's 70 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swansea in 2020 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 97% lower than the West Glamorgan rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swansea is the safest city, and the 5,232nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Swansea had the worst crime rate in West Glamorgan for burglary, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Swansea residents, when it was West Glamorgan's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 55 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Swansea recorded 5 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.03 the worst for bicycle theft in West Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Swansea are violence and sexual offences, with 2,570 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 3.9% lower than 2019's figure of 2,669 offences and a difference of 0.53 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Swansea's least common crime is robbery, with 37 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 62% from 2019's figure of 60 crimes.

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Crime in Swansea Compared To West Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Swansea This Year

 SwanseaWest Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,85015.3712,97333.24116% safer
Bicycle Theft900.492730.7043% safer
Burglary3631.961,4093.6184% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7153.863,1097.97106% safer
Drugs3361.811,3773.5395% safer
Other Crime1190.645591.43123% safer
Other Theft5422.922,0375.2279% safer
Possession of Weapons390.212220.57171% safer
Public Order8124.383,5949.21110% safer
Robbery370.201520.3995% safer
Shoplifting4562.461,6114.1368% safer
Theft From the Person400.221720.44100% safer
Vehicle Crime5062.731,6834.3158% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,57013.8611,28828.92109% safer

Crime Over Time in Swansea

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Swansea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1411915Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.490.390.49Getting worse
Burglary3.02.62.42.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson554.43.9Safer
Drugs1.11.41.41.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.590.540.710.64Getting worse
Other Theft3.33.73.62.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.160.290.21Safer
Public Order3.74.24.14.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.300.320.20Safer
Shoplifting2.83.03.62.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.410.420.300.22Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.13.32.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12141414Getting worse

Changes In Swansea's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Swansea's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Dunvant Park3---110.84
Montana Park1-2-127
Morriston Cemetery and Crematorium----340.43
Paradise Park1-4-202.4
Parc Cwmbwrla101-1424.3
Parc yr Hafod2111838
Pentyla Playing Field1----00.17
The City Temple334-1039
Underhill Park4012-2332

Comparing Swansea to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Swansea35.72-
Barnet67.7147% more dangerous
Coventry77.4154% more dangerous
Croydon83.2257% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8158% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4463% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8765% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0273% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Swansea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Swansea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Swansea saw a 207% increase in anti-social behaviour. Swansea saw a large fall in possession of weapons during April, when it fell by 71% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Swansea's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-22%+207%+144%+117%+48%-5%+54%+95%+190%+106%
Bicycle Theft-14%-+167%+29%+11%+183%+33%+40%-17%+25%
Burglary-36%-19%+4%-19%+14%+5%+52%-55%-44%-21%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-26%-38%+3%+35%+3%-32%-3%-23%-24%
Drugs+64%+127%+68%+42%+3%-12%+33%+17%+47%+13%
Other Crime-50%-22%+33%-31%+88%-53%+10%-40%+11%-25%
Other Theft-21%-40%-23%-21%-22%-13%-40%-26%--45%
Possession of Weapons--71%+67%+25%-33%--40%-20%--50%
Public Order-21%-25%+20%+35%+4%+24%+15%-16%+3%-33%
Robbery-50%--60%---33%+25%-+50%-50%
Shoplifting-33%-30%-47%-29%-6%-62%-47%-29%-40%-61%
Theft From the Person+67%-67%--20%--50%-40%-+25%-33%
Vehicle Crime+4%-55%-54%-53%+43%-49%+17%--24%+15%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-34%-16%-12%+18%+7%+10%-1%-8%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Swansea

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021