Colwyn Bay Crime Overview

Colwyn Bay is the third most dangerous small town in Clwyd, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Colwyn Bay in 2020 was 139 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 42% higher than the Clwyd rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Colwyn Bay is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 176th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Colwyn Bay had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for drugs, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.94 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Colwyn Bay residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.47 per 1,000 residents. Colwyn Bay recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during October 2019, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for bicycle theft in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Colwyn Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 726 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 68. This is 5% higher than 2019's figure of 687 offences and a difference of 3.67 from 2019's crime rate of 65. Colwyn Bay's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Colwyn Bay This Year

 Colwyn BayClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour63559.9013,23926.2256% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.852820.5634% more dangerous
Burglary555.191,7143.3935% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson18817.734,7809.4747% more dangerous
Drugs686.411,1812.3463% more dangerous
Other Crime312.929331.8537% more dangerous
Other Theft898.402,7535.4535% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.942240.4453% more dangerous
Public Order17516.514,7079.3244% more dangerous
Robbery40.381550.3118% more dangerous
Shoplifting868.112,4034.7641% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.191020.205% safer
Vehicle Crime333.119711.9238% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences72668.4820,57640.7540% more dangerous

Crime in Colwyn Bay Compared To Clwyd

Colwyn Bay Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Mold86485.3563% safer
Rhosllanerchrugog90994.7547% safer
Abergele1,087100.0339% safer
Llandudno2,367114.4522% safer
Holywell1,205129.048% safer
Colwyn Bay1,476139.23-
Caia Park2,199174.6520% more dangerous
Offa1,961183.1524% more dangerous

Colwyn Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43424560Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.60.940.85Safer
Burglary10565Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15171818Getting worse
Drugs3.73.34.86Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.82.12.9Getting worse
Other Theft1011108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.940.850.94Getting worse
Public Order6131517Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.940.850.750.38Safer
Shoplifting13788Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.850.380.380.19Safer
Vehicle Crime4.22.94.23.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45586568Getting worse

Changes In Colwyn Bay's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Colwyn Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71106% safer
Coventry77.4180% safer
Croydon83.2267% safer
Sheffield85.8162% safer
Bristol86.2162% safer
Leicester97.4443% safer
Birmingham102.8735% safer
Liverpool107.2830% safer
Bradford133.024.7% safer
Leeds137.101.6% safer
Colwyn Bay139.23-

Crime in Colwyn Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Colwyn Bay North1,362220First
Upper Colwyn Bay41154Second

Crime in Colwyn Bay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Colwyn Bay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Colwyn Bay saw a 800% increase in vehicle crime. Colwyn Bay saw a large fall in drugs during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+138%-21%+81%+27%+57%+88%+23%+163%-3%-20%
Bicycle Theft-----+200%--33%--
Burglary-+200%-+75%+25%-14%-67%--20%-78%
Criminal Damage and Arson+64%-57%-71%+21%+28%-38%+100%-18%+6%+8%
Drugs-88%+50%+133%+40%+150%-+20%+33%-57%-33%
Other Crime----17%-+100%+50%--50%-
Other Theft+13%-13%+57%-50%-38%-55%-65%-10%-43%+83%
Possession of Weapons-----+200%--50%+100%-
Public Order-45%-82%+17%+129%+147%+16%+36%-15%+63%+40%
Shoplifting-43%-50%-+67%+15%+50%-29%--27%-50%
Vehicle Crime--+200%+600%+800%-50%-87%+25%-67%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+4%+23%+15%+64%+24%--13%-7%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Colwyn Bay

What police force serves Colwyn Bay?
Colwyn Bay's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Colwyn Bay?
Colwyn Bay is the third most dangerous small town in Clwyd.
What is Colwyn Bay's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Colwyn Bay are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Colwyn Bay?
Colwyn Bay's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021