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Crime and Safety in Prestatyn

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Prestatyn is among the top 10 safest small towns in Clwyd, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Prestatyn in 2021 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 0.14% higher than the Clwyd rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Prestatyn is the 145th most dangerous small town, and the 920th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Prestatyn had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for burglary, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.80 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Prestatyn residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Prestatyn recorded 17 reports of vehicle crime during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.91 the worst for vehicle crime in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Prestatyn are violence and sexual offences, with 918 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 820 offences and a difference of 5.23 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Prestatyn's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Prestatyn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Clwyd

12% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

10% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Prestatyn is 12% higher than Wales and 10% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Prestatyn Crime Rate Over Time

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Prestatyn Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Prestatyn 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 Prestatyn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021851,600
2020831,561
20191061,992
2018901,679
2017651,222
2016571,063

Crime in Prestatyn Compared To Clwyd

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Summary of Crimes in Prestatyn This Year

 PrestatynClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45324.1511,98223.73 1.7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.321960.39 22% safer
Burglary562.991,4362.84 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1578.374,8679.64 15% safer
Drugs170.911,0071.99 119% safer
Other Crime301.609291.84 15% safer
Other Theft713.782,6765.30 40% safer
Possession of Weapons60.321930.38 19% safer
Public Order21211.305,94511.77 4.2% safer
Robbery20.111550.31 182% safer
Shoplifting965.122,4374.83 6% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.161220.24 50% safer
Vehicle Crime261.399241.83 32% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences91848.9422,12243.81 10% more dangerous

Prestatyn Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Buckley1,00060.0042% safer
Acton78760.5141% safer
Gwersyllt72767.0127% safer
Connah's Quay1,24173.8316% safer
Broughton62079.917% safer
Prestatyn1,60085.29-
Abergele97589.724.9% more dangerous
Flint1,18890.316% more dangerous
Rhosllanerchrugog87791.417% more dangerous
Denbigh907100.1815% more dangerous
Mold1,058104.5118% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Prestatyn

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Recent Crimes in Prestatyn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Derwent CloseAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parc CemlynInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Manod RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ffordd TalargochInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Highbury CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bastion RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lon CynanInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Nursery CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hafod RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lon CadfanUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lon TaliesinUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Shore RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Church LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Windermere DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maes TegidInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lon BrynliLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Llys VyrnwyUnable to prosecute suspect

Prestatyn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212524 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.691.10.480.32 Safer
Burglary563.03.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111298 Safer
Drugs1.11.01.60.91 Safer
Other Crime1.62.12.11.6 Safer
Other Theft874.03.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.110.270.32 Safer
Public Order8101111 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.430.210.270.11 Safer
Shoplifting4.7865 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.270.210.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime562.61.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43514449 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0827% safer
Croydon82.483.4% safer
Prestatyn85.29-
Sheffield90.055% more dangerous
Bristol90.526% more dangerous
Coventry102.2417% more dangerous
Leicester111.5924% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0631% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6434% more dangerous
Bradford132.2836% more dangerous
Leeds150.9443% more dangerous

Crime in Prestatyn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Prestatyn Central & East744142First
Prestatyn North36563Second
Prestatyn South28254Third

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 safest small town 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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