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Crime and Safety in Holywell

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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 2021 was 138 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Clwyd rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holywell is the 21st most dangerous small town, and the 220th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Holywell had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for other crime, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Holywell residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 21 crimes at a rate of 2.2 per 1,000 residents. Holywell recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst for possession of weapons in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Holywell are violence and sexual offences, with 640 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 69. This is 2.8% higher than 2020's figure of 622 offences and a difference of 1.93 from 2020's crime rate of 67. Holywell's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Holywell 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Clwyd

45% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Holywell is 45% higher than Wales and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Holywell Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Holywell 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 Holywell

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211381,284
20201291,205
20191231,152
20181341,255
2017100933
201683775

Crime in Holywell Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Holywell This Year

 HolywellClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour41844.7611,98223.73 47% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.321960.39 22% safer
Burglary272.891,4362.84 1.7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson15416.494,8679.64 42% more dangerous
Drugs121.291,0071.99 54% safer
Other Crime293.119291.84 41% more dangerous
Other Theft525.572,6765.30 4.8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.861930.38 56% more dangerous
Public Order21122.605,94511.77 48% more dangerous
Robbery20.211550.31 48% safer
Shoplifting12813.712,4374.83 65% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.321220.24 25% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime151.619241.83 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences64068.5422,12243.81 36% more dangerous

Holywell Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rhosllanerchrugog87791.4150% safer
Denbigh907100.1837% safer
Mold1,058104.5132% safer
Llandudno2,281110.2925% safer
Kinmel Bay and Towyn1,078129.097% safer
Holywell1,284137.50-
Colwyn Bay1,601151.029% more dangerous
Caia Park2,246178.3823% more dangerous
Offa2,152200.9932% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Holywell

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Recent Crimes in Holywell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Strand ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Basingwerk AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Strand ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Grange LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clwyd AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bryn-Y-CoedInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cae-Y-DderwenAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Victoria PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Nant Y CoedInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bryn-Y-GwyntInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cae-Y-DderwenAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Maes Yr OdynUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Crosfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Holywell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35314345 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.540.960.210.32 Safer
Burglary864.42.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson20161116 Safer
Drugs2.52.12.21.3 Safer
Other Crime2.82.82.23.1 Getting worse
Other Theft101066 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.860.750.320.86 Getting worse
Public Order13151923 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.860.320.640.21 Safer
Shoplifting13141214 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.540.320.32 Safer
Vehicle Crime63.33.41.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57536769 Getting worse

Changes In Holywell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holywell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08105% safer
Croydon82.4867% safer
Sheffield90.0553% safer
Bristol90.5252% safer
Coventry102.2434% safer
Leicester111.5923% safer
Liverpool123.0612% safer
Birmingham129.646% safer
Bradford132.283.9% safer
Holywell137.50-
Leeds150.949% 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 town 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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