Latest crime figures released

The latest crime data released by the Office for National Statistics shows that there was a six per cent drop in recorded crime in Gwent between June 2019 and June 2020.

Over-all recorded crime in the UK fell by four per cent over the same period.

The figures reveal that Gwent has one of the lowest levels of recorded crime in the UK.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “The latest figures from the ONS reinforce the fact that Gwent continues to be one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the UK.

“However, there are areas where we know there is serious under-reporting of crime by victims.

“We know that reports of domestic and sexual violence remain low. This is of particular concern at the moment when so many of us are confined to our homes. I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of these crimes to please come forward and report them. You do not have to suffer in silence and help is available.”

Chief Constable Pam Kelly added: “We remain committed to reducing and preventing crime across Gwent and we are pleased that the figures shared today can help our communities feel safer in the places they work, live and visit. 

“We recognise that we have all faced a very different set of challenges in 2020 and throughout the pandemic we have focused on protecting the most vulnerable individuals as always. Our message is clear – if you need our help we are here to support you.”

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, advice is available on the Gwent Safeguarding website

You can also call Live Fear Free, the Welsh Government helpline, for free on 0808 8010 800. In an emergency, always call 999.

The latest crime data for England and Wales is available on the Office for National Statistics website.