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Crime and Safety in Colwyn Bay

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Colwyn Bay is the third most dangerous small town in Clwyd, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Colwyn Bay in 2021 was 151 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 44% higher than the Clwyd rate of 85 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 162nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Colwyn Bay had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Colwyn Bay residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.85 per 1,000 residents. Colwyn Bay recorded 10 reports of drugs during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.94 the worst for drugs in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Colwyn Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 852 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 80. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 726 offences and a difference of 11.89 from 2020's crime rate of 68. Colwyn Bay's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 80% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Colwyn Bay 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Clwyd

50% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

49% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Colwyn Bay is 50% higher than Wales and 49% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Colwyn Bay Crime Rate Over Time

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Colwyn Bay Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Colwyn Bay 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 Colwyn Bay

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211511,601
20201391,476
20191351,431
20181251,326
20171121,183
201689946

Crime in Colwyn Bay Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Colwyn Bay This Year

 Colwyn BayClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour56453.2011,98223.73 55% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.471960.39 17% more dangerous
Burglary464.341,4362.84 35% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson17516.514,8679.64 42% more dangerous
Drugs585.471,0071.99 64% more dangerous
Other Crime272.559291.84 28% more dangerous
Other Theft827.742,6765.30 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons111.041930.38 63% more dangerous
Public Order26525.005,94511.77 53% more dangerous
Robbery60.571550.31 46% more dangerous
Shoplifting423.962,4374.83 22% safer
Theft From the Person60.571220.24 58% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime262.459241.83 25% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences85280.3722,12243.81 45% more dangerous

Colwyn Bay Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Denbigh907100.1851% safer
Mold1,058104.5145% safer
Llandudno2,281110.2937% safer
Kinmel Bay and Towyn1,078129.0917% safer
Holywell1,284137.5010% safer
Colwyn Bay1,601151.02-
Caia Park2,246178.3815% more dangerous
Offa2,152200.9925% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Colwyn Bay

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Recent Crimes in Colwyn Bay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sunningdale AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rosemary AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bay View RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Abergele RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near KingswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old HighwayAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Public orderOn or near Penrhyn RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mostyn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rhiw Bank AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Agnes GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Honeysuckle LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mostyn RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Theme/Adventure ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Severn RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sea View RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Colwyn Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42456053 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.60.940.850.47 Safer
Burglary5654.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17181817 Getting worse
Drugs3.34.865 Getting worse
Other Crime2.82.12.92.6 Getting worse
Other Theft111088 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.940.850.941.0 Getting worse
Public Order13151725 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.850.750.380.57 Safer
Shoplifting7884.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.380.380.190.57 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.94.23.12.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58656880 Getting worse

Changes In Colwyn Bay's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Colwyn Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08125% safer
Croydon82.4883% safer
Sheffield90.0568% safer
Bristol90.5267% safer
Coventry102.2448% safer
Leicester111.5935% safer
Liverpool123.0623% safer
Birmingham129.6416% safer
Bradford132.2814% safer
Leeds150.940.05% safer
Colwyn Bay151.02-

Crime in Colwyn Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Colwyn Bay North1,482239First
Upper Colwyn Bay42556Second

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 bicycle theft.

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