Rhyl Crime Overview

Rhyl is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Clwyd, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Clwyd's 142 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rhyl in 2020 was 157 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Clwyd's overall crime rate, coming in 49% higher than the Clwyd rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rhyl is the second most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 126th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Rhyl had the worst crime rate in Clwyd for burglary, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.68 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Rhyl residents, when it was Clwyd's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 44 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Rhyl recorded 17 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.64 the worst for drugs in Clwyd that month.

The most common crimes in Rhyl are violence and sexual offences, with 2,154 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 81. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 2,427 offences and a difference of 10.31 from 2019's crime rate of 92. Rhyl's least common crime is theft from the person, with 14 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 107% from 2019's figure of 29 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Rhyl This Year

 RhylClwyd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,05239.7513,23926.2234% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft361.362820.5659% more dangerous
Burglary1706.421,7143.3947% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson47317.874,7809.4747% more dangerous
Drugs1385.211,1812.3455% more dangerous
Other Crime893.369331.8545% more dangerous
Other Theft2248.462,7535.4536% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons341.282240.4466% more dangerous
Public Order50218.974,7079.3251% more dangerous
Robbery291.101550.3172% more dangerous
Shoplifting2288.612,4034.7645% more dangerous
Theft From the Person140.531020.2062% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime622.349711.9218% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,15481.3920,57640.7550% more dangerous

Crime in Rhyl Compared To Clwyd

Rhyl Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48373440Safer
Bicycle Theft2.02.81.81.4Safer
Burglary81086Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19192218Safer
Drugs3.53.255Getting worse
Other Crime2.72.93.13.4Getting worse
Other Theft1214128Safer
Possession of Weapons0.871.31.51.3Getting worse
Public Order8182119Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.40.871.51.1Safer
Shoplifting1214159Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.31.31.10.53Safer
Vehicle Crime3.54.762.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences60829281Getting worse

Changes In Rhyl's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Rhyl to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.71132% safer
Coventry77.41103% safer
Croydon83.2289% safer
Sheffield85.8183% safer
Bristol86.2182% safer
Leicester97.4461% safer
Birmingham102.8753% safer
Liverpool107.2846% safer
Bradford133.0218% safer
Leeds137.1014% safer
Rhyl156.92-

Crime in Rhyl's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rhyl East72867Third
Rhyl North2,459258First
Rhyl South West896163Second

Crime in Rhyl During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rhyl change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Rhyl saw a 400% increase in other crime. Rhyl saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 94% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Rhyl's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%+13%+50%+19%+21%+35%+16%-18%+12%-4%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%-80%-33%-60%-60%+133%+67%--20%
Burglary-22%-32%+40%-45%-25%-44%--33%-63%+20%
Criminal Damage and Arson+12%-33%-65%-55%+26%-33%+77%-37%-42%-17%
Drugs+67%-21%+67%+60%-43%-22%---20%-6%
Other Crime-30%+125%-22%-11%-33%+100%+400%-60%-50%+100%
Other Theft-48%-41%-7%-5%-22%-19%+5%-33%-62%-18%
Possession of Weapons-57%--50%-40%-33%-17%-+300%-50%+100%
Public Order-38%-29%-34%-2%+9%-8%+16%-41%+23%+5%
Robbery+33%-33%-40%-75%+300%-50%+200%--71%-88%
Shoplifting+4%-65%-69%-51%-4%-84%-76%-35%-8%-
Theft From the Person-80%----+100%-50%-50%-80%-
Vehicle Crime-13%-87%-94%-86%-40%-79%-50%-58%-+75%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%-39%-14%+6%+3%-25%+12%+1%-15%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rhyl

What police force serves Rhyl?
Rhyl's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Rhyl?
Rhyl is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Clwyd.
What is Rhyl's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rhyl are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Rhyl?
Rhyl's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021