Prestatyn Crime Overview

Prestatyn is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Clwyd, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Prestatyn in 2020 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 2.9% higher than the Clwyd rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Prestatyn is the 110th most dangerous small town, and the 885th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Prestatyn had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for other crime, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Prestatyn residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.91 per 1,000 residents. Prestatyn recorded 34 reports of burglary during February 2019, making its crime rate of 1.8 the worst for burglary in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Prestatyn are violence and sexual offences, with 820 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 956 offences and a difference of 7.25 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Prestatyn's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Prestatyn Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Prestatyn This Year

 PrestatynClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46224.6313,23926.226% safer
Bicycle Theft90.482820.5617% safer
Burglary562.991,7143.3913% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1608.534,7809.4711% safer
Drugs301.601,1812.3446% safer
Other Crime392.089331.8511% more dangerous
Other Theft764.052,7535.4535% safer
Possession of Weapons50.272240.4463% safer
Public Order20410.874,7079.3214% more dangerous
Robbery50.271550.3115% safer
Shoplifting1045.542,4034.7614% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.211020.204.8% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime492.619711.9226% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences82043.7120,57640.757% more dangerous

Prestatyn Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broughton59877.078% safer
Denbigh70677.987% safer
Connah's Quay1,35780.743.1% safer
Kinmel Bay and Towyn68982.510.85% safer
Flint1,08982.790.51% safer
Prestatyn1,56183.21-
Mold86485.352.5% more dangerous
Rhosllanerchrugog90994.7512% more dangerous
Abergele1,087100.0317% more dangerous
Llandudno2,367114.4527% more dangerous
Holywell1,205129.0436% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Prestatyn

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Prestatyn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25222125Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.691.10.48Safer
Burglary4.3563.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911129Safer
Drugs1.21.11.01.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.62.12.1Getting worse
Other Theft6874.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.590.640.110.27Safer
Public Order3.181011Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.430.210.27Getting worse
Shoplifting74.786Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.430.270.21Safer
Vehicle Crime3.1562.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29435144Getting worse

Changes In Prestatyn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Prestatyn's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Prestatyn that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Frith Beach Festival Gardens713-621.1
The Morfa's Playing Field5-1--02.1

Comparing Prestatyn to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7123% safer
Coventry77.417% safer
Prestatyn83.21-
Croydon83.220.01% more dangerous
Sheffield85.813.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.213.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4415% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8719% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% more dangerous

Crime in Prestatyn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Prestatyn Central & East769147First
Prestatyn North37264Second
Prestatyn South28154Third

Crime in Prestatyn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Prestatyn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Prestatyn saw a 300% increase in drugs. Prestatyn saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 93% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Prestatyn's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-15%+16%+35%+62%-34%+113%+44%+29%+100%+15%
Bicycle Theft--33%---50%-----
Burglary-88%-63%-75%-40%-25%-50%-13%---29%
Criminal Damage and Arson+43%-93%-38%-47%-33%-12%+183%-39%-36%-68%
Drugs-+300%-----50%+300%--
Other Crime+50%--75%--33%-82%+50%-33%+250%+200%
Other Theft-22%-44%-88%-50%-50%-88%-40%-43%-45%+60%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+19%-46%+25%-40%+29%+37%+13%+30%+20%-10%
Robbery--------50%--
Shoplifting-15%+33%-80%-75%-46%-30%+43%+133%-75%-
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-50%-87%-80%-67%-83%-71%+150%-78%-58%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%-54%-30%-16%-8%-22%+36%+17%+4%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Prestatyn

What police force serves Prestatyn?
Prestatyn's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Prestatyn?
Prestatyn is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Clwyd.
What is Prestatyn's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Prestatyn are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Prestatyn?
Prestatyn's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021