Crime and Safety in Holywood

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Holywood is the second safest small towns in Down, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Holywood in 2021 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 48% lower than the Down rate of 48 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holywood is the 122nd safest small town, and the 4,985th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Holywood had the worst crime rate in Down for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Holywood residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.71 per 1,000 residents. Holywood recorded 1 report of robbery during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for robbery in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Holywood are violence and sexual offences, with 203 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 162 offences and a difference of 3.64 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Holywood's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Holywood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Down

43% lower, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

138% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Holywood is 43% lower than Northern Ireland and 138% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Holywood Crime Rate Over Time

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Holywood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Holywood 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 Holywood

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Crime in Holywood Compared To Down

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Summary of Crimes in Holywood This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38734.3811,64034.76 1.1% safer
Bicycle Theft30.27630.19 30% more dangerous
Burglary80.715021.50 111% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson716.312,8898.63 37% safer
Drugs191.699952.97 76% safer
Other Crime50.444331.29 193% safer
Other Theft373.291,1423.41 3.6% safer
Public Order20.181940.58 222% safer
Robbery10.09470.14 56% safer
Shoplifting90.808502.54 218% safer
Vehicle Crime30.273120.93 244% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20318.038,31524.83 38% safer

Holywood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber28531.422.1% safer
Warrenpoint and Burren30735.169% more dangerous
Banbridge1,13768.3453% more dangerous
Newcastle55972.8656% more dangerous
Downpatrick1,02294.4466% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Holywood

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Holywood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour26263534 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. Getting worse
Burglary4. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6756 Safer
Drugs2. Safer
Other Crime1.20.801.20.44 Safer
Other Theft101373.3 Safer
Public Order0.270.360.180.18 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting1.32.70.980.80 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.981.41.40.27 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13141418 Getting worse

Changes In Holywood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holywood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0852% more dangerous
Croydon82.4861% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0564% more dangerous
Bristol90.5265% more dangerous
Coventry102.2469% more dangerous
Leicester111.5971% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0674% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6475% more dangerous
Bradford132.2876% more dangerous
Leeds150.9479% more dangerous

Crime in Holywood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Holywood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Holywood saw a 500% increase in drugs. Holywood saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Holywood's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-+47%+190%-19%+19%+6%+26%+36%+142%+100%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-------
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%+14%-20%-40%--75%-29%-29%+50%+50%
Other Crime---+200%------
Other Theft-64%-50%-53%-53%-44%-47%-22%+17%-17%-63%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order----------
Vehicle Crime-67%---+200%---33%-33%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-44%+8%+17%+44%-8%+44%-41%+80%-25%+57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Holywood

What police force serves Holywood?
Holywood's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

How dangerous is Holywood?
Holywood is the second safest small town in Down.

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

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

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