Crime in Caerphilly County Borough has increased by more than a quarter, according to the latest police recorded figures.
There were 14,608 reported offences during the 12 months to September 2018, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.
That’s up by 26% on the previous year, when 11,564 incidents were recorded.
That means there was a rate of 81 crimes per 1,000 residents during 2017/18, slightly below the England and Wales average of 85.
The statistics are based on crimes reported to the police, and the ONS urges caution in interpreting some of these figures.
Gun and knife possession offences in Caerphilly rose by 10 to 66 incidents.
There were 697 residential burglaries reported in 2017/18. Due to a change in how the ONS categorises burglaries, the localised figures cannot be compared with other years.
In Caerphilly, theft, one of the most high-volume crimes, decreased by 4%. Drugs related offences dropped by 22%.
Criminal damage in Caerphilly, which includes arson and vandalising cars and houses, has gone up, from 2,222 incidents in 2016-17, to 2,754 in the latest figures.
While violence with injury, which includes assault, GBH and wounding, has risen, this could be due to improved police recording.
Similarly sexual offences are hard to judge as many more victims are now coming forward due to a series of high profile cases.
In Caerphilly, there were 400 incidents recorded between October 2017 and September 2018, a 24% rise on the previous year, when 324 crimes were reported.
There were also 1,638 cases of stalking and harassment reported over the same period.
Across the Gwent force area a total of 54,784 crimes were recorded – an increase of 23%.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “It is disappointing to see another increase in recorded crime figures across Gwent, however, this is by no means an anomaly.
“This is a pattern that is replicated across the majority of police forces in England and Wales.
“The latest figures do show an increase in violence against the person and sexual offences; however, this could be attributed to victims continuing to have improved confidence to report these crimes to Gwent Police.”
He added: “Sadly, the demand on our police service is continuing to grow and this will inevitably impact upon our communities.
“As I have previously argued, appropriate levels of funding from UK Government is essential for ensuring that we are able to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities.”