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Crime and Safety in Swansea

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Swansea is the most dangerous cities in West Glamorgan, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Glamorgan's 67 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Swansea in 2021 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 0.84% higher than the West Glamorgan rate of 72 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Swansea is among the top 20 safest city, and the 1,427th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Swansea had the worst crime rate in West Glamorgan for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Swansea residents, when it was West Glamorgan's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 27 crimes at a rate of 0.15 per 1,000 residents. Swansea recorded 109 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.59 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Swansea are violence and sexual offences, with 5,535 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 5,020 offences and a difference of 2.77 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Swansea's least common crime is robbery, with 84 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 3.6% from 2020's figure of 81 crimes.

Swansea 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, West Glamorgan

3.6% lower, regional crime rate

Wales

5% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Swansea is 3.6% lower than Wales and 5% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Swansea Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Swansea 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 Swansea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217213,440
20207213,382
20198115,051
20188014,779
20177614,131
20166812,661

Crime in Swansea Compared To West Glamorgan

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Summary of Crimes in Swansea This Year

 SwanseaWest Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,77825.7610,50326.91 4.5% safer
Bicycle Theft1380.742240.57 23% more dangerous
Burglary5302.861,1152.860% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5288.243,1808.15 1.1% more dangerous
Drugs7564.081,2923.31 19% more dangerous
Other Crime2361.275441.39 9% safer
Other Theft9455.101,9294.94 3.1% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons980.531910.49 8% more dangerous
Public Order1,7819.604,11010.53 10% safer
Robbery840.451460.37 18% more dangerous
Shoplifting8724.701,3643.49 26% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1310.711820.47 34% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8064.351,4513.72 14% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,53529.8412,32031.56 6% safer

Crime Over Time in Swansea

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Recent Crimes in Swansea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Griffith John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tawe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Pentewan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Mannesmann CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Morlais RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Waun RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near LlangwmOffender given a drugs possession warning
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Heol Y CywInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Penrice StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Griffith John StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Uplands TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Swansea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23193126 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.940.850.74 Safer
Burglary4.94.34.02.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10988 Safer
Drugs3.53.74.64.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.61.21.3 Safer
Other Theft8755 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.610.570.53 Safer
Public Order88910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.580.440.45 Safer
Shoplifting9964.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.850.670.71 Safer
Vehicle Crime6654.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27292730 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.088% safer
Swansea72.47-
Croydon82.4812% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0520% more dangerous
Bristol90.5220% more dangerous
Coventry102.2429% more dangerous
Leicester111.5935% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0641% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6444% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% 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 179% increase in anti-social behaviour. Swansea saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Swansea's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-24%+179%+137%+115%+44%+6%+43%+96%+156%+110%
Bicycle Theft-67%-29%-23%+27%+41%+43%+23%-6%-15%-
Burglary-31%-13%--9%+24%+4%+2%-47%-33%-11%
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-19%-46%-14%+15%+17%+2%-22%-17%-6%
Drugs+45%+40%+67%+38%+11%+3%+39%+11%+2%-8%
Other Crime-33%-52%-15%-50%+79%-60%+47%-65%-14%-4%
Other Theft-22%-36%-25%-34%-34%-19%-42%-35%-14%-40%
Possession of Weapons-22%-17%+67%+27%+40%-38%+10%-53%+14%+40%
Public Order-1%-19%+20%+2%+2%+33%+10%-8%-2%-4%
Robbery+60%+20%-53%-25%-25%-53%-17%+50%-33%-45%
Shoplifting+8%-60%-60%-49%-12%-63%-44%-49%-45%-46%
Theft From the Person--86%--19%+29%+18%-19%-11%+33%-27%
Vehicle Crime+14%-36%-58%-46%+11%-48%-9%-7%-34%+40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-25%-15%-15%+7%+5%-3%-21%-7%-11%

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).

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