Offa Crime Overview

Offa is the most dangerous small town in Clwyd, and is the most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Offa in 2020 was 183 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 56% higher than the Clwyd rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Offa is the third most dangerous small town, and the 85th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Offa had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for drugs, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.0 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Offa residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.56 per 1,000 residents. Offa recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for possession of weapons in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Offa are violence and sexual offences, with 828 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 77. This is 22% lower than 2019's figure of 1,014 offences and a difference of 17.37 from 2019's crime rate of 95. Offa's least common crime is theft from the person, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 92% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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Crime in Offa Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Offa This Year

 OffaClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour54050.4313,23926.2248% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft262.432820.5677% more dangerous
Burglary797.381,7143.3954% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson19418.124,7809.4748% more dangerous
Drugs746.911,1812.3466% more dangerous
Other Crime343.189331.8542% more dangerous
Other Theft14413.452,7535.4559% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons201.872240.4476% more dangerous
Public Order22921.394,7079.3256% more dangerous
Robbery242.241550.3186% more dangerous
Shoplifting26424.662,4034.7681% more dangerous
Theft From the Person121.121020.2082% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime333.089711.9238% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences82877.3320,57640.7547% more dangerous

Offa Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Abergele1,087100.0383% safer
Llandudno2,367114.4560% safer
Holywell1,205129.0442% safer
Colwyn Bay1,476139.2332% safer
Caia Park2,199174.654.9% safer
Offa1,961183.15-

Crime Over Time in Offa

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Recent Crimes in Offa

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Other theftOn or near Kingsmills RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxwood DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Theft from the personOn or near Stryt Yr EglwysUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt Yr EglwysUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt Yr EglwysUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hackett CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hackett CourtFormal action is not in the public interest
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bryndraw TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt Yr AlltUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Other theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Court RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Court RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt FawrUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stryt FawrUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Possession of weaponsOn or near Ffordd FaddonUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021RobberyOn or near Ffordd FaddonUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bron-Y-NantUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bron-Y-NantUnable to prosecute suspect

Offa Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour58414050Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.34.21.62.4Safer
Burglary1213117Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21222118Safer
Drugs87117Safer
Other Crime2.22.21.83.2Getting worse
Other Theft18181713Safer
Possession of Weapons1.71.31.81.9Getting worse
Public Order10202321Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.01.22.2Getting worse
Shoplifting38414225Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.21.12.21.1Safer
Vehicle Crime10953.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences74869577Safer

Changes In Offa's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Offa to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71170% safer
Coventry77.41137% safer
Croydon83.22120% safer
Sheffield85.81113% safer
Bristol86.21112% safer
Leicester97.4488% safer
Birmingham102.8778% safer
Liverpool107.2871% safer
Bradford133.0238% safer
Leeds137.1034% safer
Offa183.15-

Crime in Offa's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wrexham West1,754210First

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021