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Crime and Safety in Offa

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Offa is the most dangerous small towns in Clwyd, and is the most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Offa in 2021 was 201 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 58% higher than the Clwyd rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Offa is the second most dangerous small town, and the 71st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Offa had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Offa residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Offa recorded 24 reports of shoplifting during December 2021, making its crime rate of 2.2 the worst for shoplifting in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Offa are violence and sexual offences, with 971 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 91. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 828 offences and a difference of 13.36 from 2020's crime rate of 77. Offa's least common crime is robbery, with 13 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 85% from 2020's figure of 24 crimes.

Offa 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Clwyd

63% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

62% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Offa is 63% higher than Wales and 62% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Offa Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Offa 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 Offa

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20212012,152
20201831,961
20192322,479
20182262,416
20172022,168
20161721,842

Crime in Offa Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Offa This Year

 OffaClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40838.1111,98223.73 38% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft151.401960.39 72% more dangerous
Burglary686.351,4362.84 55% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19918.594,8679.64 48% more dangerous
Drugs676.261,0071.99 68% more dangerous
Other Crime262.439291.84 24% more dangerous
Other Theft16915.782,6765.30 66% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons171.591930.38 76% more dangerous
Public Order28626.715,94511.77 56% more dangerous
Robbery131.211550.31 74% more dangerous
Shoplifting27225.402,4374.83 81% more dangerous
Theft From the Person151.401220.24 83% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime343.189241.83 42% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences97190.6922,12243.81 52% more dangerous

Offa Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Llandudno2,281110.2982% safer
Kinmel Bay and Towyn1,078129.0956% safer
Holywell1,284137.5046% safer
Colwyn Bay1,601151.0233% safer
Caia Park2,246178.3813% safer
Offa2,152200.99-

Crime Over Time in Offa

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Recent Crimes in Offa

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ffordd BellevueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Town HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stryt Yr AbadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Glan Yr AfonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Watery RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Gibson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bradley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt Yr AbadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ruthin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pentre FelinUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Ffordd MailynInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near LonguevilleInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Offa Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41405038 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.21.62.41.4 Safer
Burglary131176 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson22211819 Safer
Drugs71176 Safer
Other Crime2.21.83.22.4 Getting worse
Other Theft18171316 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.81.91.6 Getting worse
Public Order20232127 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.01.22.21.2 Safer
Shoplifting41422525 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.12.21.11.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime953.13.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences86957791 Getting worse

Changes In Offa's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Offa to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.08200% safer
Croydon82.48144% safer
Sheffield90.05123% safer
Bristol90.52122% safer
Coventry102.2497% safer
Leicester111.5980% safer
Liverpool123.0663% safer
Birmingham129.6455% safer
Bradford132.2852% safer
Leeds150.9433% safer
Offa200.99-

Crime in Offa's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wrexham West1,910229First

Crime in Offa During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Offa change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Offa saw a 400% increase in other crime. Offa saw a large fall in other theft during October, when it fell by 84% compared to October in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and violence and sexual offences both fell year-on-year for every month during Offa's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+90%+33%+32%+28%+68%-4%+20%+22%-3%
Bicycle Theft--40%-+200%---33%+200%--
Burglary-25%-45%+71%--38%-22%-67%-50%-40%-62%
Criminal Damage and Arson-59%-33%-17%-43%-27%+24%-10%-24%+57%+44%
Drugs-67%-71%+10%+100%-57%-21%-71%-67%-60%-17%
Other Crime-50%+100%--+400%+300%+300%-+33%-
Other Theft+100%-67%-44%+15%--52%-75%-84%-8%-
Possession of Weapons+200%-67%+50%--67%---67%+100%+100%
Public Order-17%+63%-10%-6%-10%+4%+9%-19%-35%-
Robbery+100%+200%-----+400%+50%-
Shoplifting-34%-82%-73%-43%-6%+7%-19%-34%-38%-48%
Theft From the Person-33%-+200%--33%--75%---
Vehicle Crime--82%-25%-+50%---25%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-52%-13%-27%-23%-8%+5%-22%-1%-25%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Offa

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

How dangerous is Offa?
Offa is the most dangerous small town in Clwyd.

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

What is the least common crime in Offa?
Offa's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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