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Crime and Safety in Denbigh

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Denbigh is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Clwyd, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Denbigh in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Clwyd rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Denbigh is the 84th most dangerous small town, and the 585th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Denbigh had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for vehicle crime, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2015 was also a bad month for Denbigh residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Denbigh are violence and sexual offences, with 479 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 53. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 398 offences and a difference of 8.94 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Denbigh's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Denbigh 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Clwyd

25% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Denbigh is 25% higher than Wales and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Denbigh Crime Rate Over Time

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Denbigh Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Denbigh 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 Denbigh

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021100907
202078706
201983750
201890813
201771641
201661549

Crime in Denbigh Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Denbigh This Year

 DenbighClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24627.1711,98223.73 13% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.551960.39 29% more dangerous
Burglary454.971,4362.84 43% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson849.284,8679.64 3.9% safer
Drugs90.991,0071.99 101% safer
Other Crime111.219291.84 52% safer
Other Theft515.632,6765.30 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.221930.38 73% safer
Public Order11512.705,94511.77 7% more dangerous
Robbery30.331550.31 6% more dangerous
Shoplifting889.722,4374.83 50% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.111220.24 118% safer
Vehicle Crime141.559241.83 18% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47952.9022,12243.81 17% more dangerous

Denbigh Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broughton62079.9125% safer
Prestatyn1,60085.2917% safer
Abergele97589.7212% safer
Flint1,18890.3111% safer
Rhosllanerchrugog87791.4110% safer
Denbigh907100.18-
Mold1,058104.514.1% more dangerous
Llandudno2,281110.299% more dangerous
Kinmel Bay and Towyn1,078129.0922% more dangerous
Holywell1,284137.5027% more dangerous
Colwyn Bay1,601151.0234% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Denbigh

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Recent Crimes in Denbigh

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maes Y DreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Stryd HenllanInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Y GerddiUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lloyd AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lon GefnUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Peake'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lloyd AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pen Y GraigUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Pwll-Y-GrawysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Blaen-Y-CoedInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peake'S LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bryn SeionUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rhodfa ClwydAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maes Y GoronUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maes MathonwyUnable to prosecute suspect

Denbigh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30202427 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.220.550.220.55 Getting worse
Burglary84.43.15.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10969 Safer
Drugs3.62.64.10.99 Safer
Other Crime2.01.11.11.2 Safer
Other Theft7666 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.771.20.330.22 Safer
Public Order89713 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.770.330.220.33 Safer
Shoplifting98510 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.220.550.330.11 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.81.90.661.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38394453 Getting worse

Changes In Denbigh's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Denbigh to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0849% safer
Croydon82.4821% safer
Sheffield90.0511% safer
Bristol90.5211% safer
Denbigh100.18-
Coventry102.242.0% more dangerous
Leicester111.5910% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0619% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6423% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% more dangerous

Crime in Denbigh's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Denbigh West727139First

Crime in Denbigh During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Denbigh change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Denbigh saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Denbigh saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+27%+188%+60%+36%+77%-38%-16%+29%+30%-
Burglary---92%--+50%--67%+100%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-63%--80%-10%-29%+100%--50%-40%
Drugs-40%+400%-40%-+100%-60%-+100%--
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-25%+50%-29%+125%+25%+33%-57%+20%+25%+100%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------
Public Order-29%--45%+40%-50%-81%-13%-+400%+100%
Shoplifting-67%-75%--33%-57%--91%-50%+250%+700%
Vehicle Crime-----50%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences+38%+43%+4%+45%-+13%-19%-4%+53%+28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Denbigh

What police force serves Denbigh?
Denbigh's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.

How dangerous is Denbigh?
Denbigh is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Clwyd.

What is Denbigh's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Denbigh are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Denbigh?
Denbigh's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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