The amount of police-registered crime in Wales has increased over the past decade.
In 2008/9, Wales police recorded 236,614 crimes such as burglary, assault and theft in its database. In 2019, this figure had risen to 315,346.
And official data show that cybercrime – like fraud, leaked personal data and hacking – has rapidly increased in Wales and England as people spend more time online and criminals become more tech savvy.
But not all types of crime are on the rise.
Police records show that between September 2018 and September 2019, the number of burglaries and incendiary attacks recorded was lower in the same period of the previous year. And according to the Office of National Statistics, murder is also on the decline nationally.
So how safe is it where you live?
This map was created using data from the South Wales police, North Wales police, Dyfed-Powys police and Gwent police from January to December 2019.
To use the map, you can zoom in on specific areas or even roads to see what crimes have occurred.
Note: the map does not include sexual offenses to protect the anonymity of the victims.
What does the map show?
The most common crime recorded in Wales last year was violent and sexual offenses. 105,589 cases were registered from January to December 2019.
But due to the way the police record the crime, it is not possible to see how many violent but non-sexual crimes have been reported.
The second most common crime was antisocial behavior at 62,938 and public order offenses came third at 28,795.
Meanwhile, the least crime recorded by the police has been theft, which has been recorded 1,120 times.
In most cases (25.8%), the police were unable to prosecute the suspect and a further 12% are still under investigation by the competent force.
A further 2,947 cases resulted in attention to the offender, while 624 cases were closed with the accused who was sentenced to a community conviction and 602 cases were informed with fixed penalties.
A further 594 cases involved sending a defendant to prison
Here are some of the most common recorded results:
- Warning: 2,947
- Notice of drug possession: 1.503
- Conditional sentence: 624
- Penalty: 602
- Imprisonment sentence: 594
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What is the worst area for antisocial behavior?
Antisocial behavior is one of the most common crimes in Wales and a commercial area of Cardiff was identified as the worst crime spot in Wales last year.
In 2019, 172 episodes of antisocial behavior were reported on Duke Street Arcade or its surroundings – and no other place in Wales has seen as many recorded cases.
This could include behavior such as vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting, street drinking and dumping of garbage, as well as annoying neighbors, begging and prostitution.
The data comes from an analysis of the data from the Ministry of Interior police website of the Ministry of the Interior, which shows the details of each crime recorded by the police, as well as the place where they occurred.
British police say street-level crime spots “are only an approximation of where the actual crimes occurred, they are not the exact places.”
This means that the crimes may have taken place on the nearby streets where they were recorded.
However, the figures give us an idea of the parts of the city where accidents are most likely to occur.
After Duke Street Arcade, the next worst area for anti-social behavior was on Balaclava Road or near Swansea.
Police recorded 167 episodes of antisocial behavior in 2019.
This was followed by 136 cases recorded on or around Popworld Swansea, 125 incidents recorded on or near Cardiff Church Street and 97 recorded on or near Cardiff Queen Street.
Violent crime is on the rise: what does it mean?
Violent crime, including murders and knife crimes, continues to grow in Wales.
There were 98,453 violent crimes recorded by police in Wales between September 2018 and September 2019, according to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics released last month. This includes 36 murders across Wales, compared to 25 the previous year.
It was an 18% increase over the same period 12 months earlier when 83,705 violent crimes were recorded.
This is also a much faster increase than crime in general, which has increased by 8%.
However, the Crime Survey for England and Wales suggests that both the overall crime level and violent crime levels remain stable, with figures reflecting the fact that more crimes are reported to the police.