Holywell Crime Overview

Holywell is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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 Holywell in 2020 was 129 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 37% higher than the Clwyd rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holywell is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns, and the 210th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Holywell was the worst small town in Clwyd for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.96 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Holywell residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Holywell recorded 2 reports of robbery during July 2018, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for robbery in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Holywell are violence and sexual offences, with 622 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 21% higher than 2019's figure of 492 offences and a difference of 13.92 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Holywell's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 350% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Holywell Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Holywell This Year

 HolywellClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40543.3713,23926.2240% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.212820.56167% safer
Burglary414.391,7143.3923% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson10611.354,7809.4717% more dangerous
Drugs212.251,1812.344.0% safer
Other Crime212.259331.8518% more dangerous
Other Theft596.322,7535.4514% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.322240.4438% safer
Public Order18019.284,7079.3252% more dangerous
Robbery60.641550.3152% more dangerous
Shoplifting10911.672,4034.7659% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.321020.2038% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime323.439711.9244% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences62266.6120,57640.7539% more dangerous

Holywell Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Prestatyn1,56183.2155% safer
Mold86485.3551% safer
Rhosllanerchrugog90994.7536% safer
Abergele1,087100.0329% safer
Llandudno2,367114.4513% safer
Holywell1,205129.04-
Colwyn Bay1,476139.237% more dangerous
Caia Park2,199174.6526% more dangerous
Offa1,961183.1530% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Holywell

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Recent Crimes in Holywell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Glan-Y-DonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glan-Y-DonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nant Y CoedInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Bala AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bala AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bala AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Bryn DyffrynInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near GwenllysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Public orderOn or near Hafan DegInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bank PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaFormal action is not in the public interest
November 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rue St GregoireUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near MeadowbankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MeadowbankAction to be taken by another organisation

Holywell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour45353143Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.750.540.960.21Safer
Burglary10864.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17201611Safer
Drugs1.82.52.12.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.82.82.2Safer
Other Theft1110106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.860.750.32Safer
Public Order3.5131519Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.860.320.64Getting worse
Shoplifting11131412Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.320.430.540.32Safer
Vehicle Crime3.363.33.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39575367Getting worse

Changes In Holywell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holywell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7191% safer
Coventry77.4167% safer
Croydon83.2255% safer
Sheffield85.8150% safer
Bristol86.2150% safer
Leicester97.4432% safer
Birmingham102.8725% safer
Liverpool107.2820% safer
Holywell129.04-
Bradford133.023.0% more dangerous
Leeds137.106% more dangerous

Crime in Holywell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Holywell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Holywell saw a 400% increase in other crime. Holywell saw a large fall in burglary during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+80%+244%+153%+33%+96%+33%-59%-28%+56%+48%
Bicycle Theft--------50%--
Burglary--60%-50%-75%-40%+50%-44%+80%+33%-80%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-67%-+29%+8%-17%-50%-23%-25%-29%
Drugs-80%---+33%-+100%--+100%
Other Crime-60%+400%--50%--80%+100%---67%
Other Theft-56%-63%-57%-77%+43%-29%-57%+13%-33%-60%
Possession of Weapons----50%------
Public Order+27%+27%+100%+67%+200%+85%-41%+15%-56%-25%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+31%-77%+50%+7%+18%-50%-36%-47%-17%-10%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-33%--67%-25%+100%--67%+100%-25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-28%+56%+94%+22%+97%+38%+34%-20%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Holywell

What police force serves Holywell?
Holywell's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Holywell?
Holywell is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Clwyd.
What is Holywell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Holywell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Holywell?
Holywell's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021