Holywood Crime Overview

Holywood is the second safest small town in Down, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Down's 48 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Holywood in 2020 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Down's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Down rate of 45 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holywood is the 188th safest small town, and the 5,134th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Holywood had the worst crime rate in Down for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.71 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Holywood residents, when it was Down's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Holywood recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during February 2018, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst for possession of weapons in Down that month.

The most common crimes in Holywood are violence and sexual offences, with 162 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 4.3% higher than 2019's figure of 155 offences and a difference of 0.62 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Holywood's least common crime is public order, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

Compare Holywood to other towns and cities

See how Holywood shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Holywood and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Holywood Compared To Down

Summary of Crimes in Holywood This Year

 HolywoodDown 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour39535.0913,45840.1915% safer
Bicycle Theft30.27780.2315% more dangerous
Burglary242.136671.997% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson585.153,0469.1077% safer
Drugs332.931,0763.2110% safer
Other Crime131.154611.3820% safer
Other Theft817.201,2803.8247% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.271860.56107% safer
Public Order20.181760.53194% safer
Robbery20.18720.2222% safer
Shoplifting110.987832.34139% safer
Vehicle Crime161.423871.1618% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences16214.396,81320.3541% safer

Holywood Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Comber26729.4323% safer
Holywood40836.24-
Warrenpoint and Burren37542.9516% more dangerous
Banbridge1,05763.5343% more dangerous
Newcastle66586.6858% more dangerous
Downpatrick1,181109.1367% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Holywood

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Holywood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38262635Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.180.270.27Getting worse
Burglary4.44.23.62.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9675Safer
Drugs1.12.12.22.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.20.801.2Getting worse
Other Theft910137Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.440.360.27Safer
Public Order-0.270.360.18Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.090.180.18Getting worse
Shoplifting1.71.32.70.98Safer
Vehicle Crime1.70.981.41.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15131414Getting worse

Changes In Holywood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holywood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Holywood36.24-
Barnet67.7146% more dangerous
Coventry77.4153% more dangerous
Croydon83.2256% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8158% more dangerous
Bristol86.2158% more dangerous
Leicester97.4463% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8765% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2866% more dangerous
Bradford133.0273% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+47%+190%-19%+19%+6%+26%+36%+142%+100%
Bicycle Theft--+100%-------
Burglary-+200%--86%--80%-67%-80%+167%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%+14%-20%-40%--75%-29%-29%+50%+50%
Drugs+400%-50%--80%---+50%+500%-25%
Other Crime---+200%------
Other Theft-64%-50%-53%-53%-44%-47%-22%+17%-17%-63%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order----------
Shoplifting------50%--86%-20%-
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 public order.

Last updated: 07 May 2021