Holyhead Crime Overview

Holyhead is the safest small town in Gwynedd, and is the third most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Holyhead in 2020 was 117 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 46% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holyhead is the 29th most dangerous small town, and the 299th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Holyhead had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.42 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Holyhead residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 1.9 per 1,000 residents. Holyhead recorded 4 reports of other crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for other crime in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Holyhead are violence and sexual offences, with 737 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 728 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2019's crime rate of 61. Holyhead's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 550% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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Crime in Holyhead Compared To Gwynedd

Summary of Crimes in Holyhead This Year

 HolyheadGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour51042.574,38922.6647% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.67770.4040% more dangerous
Burglary463.845102.6332% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson16113.441,5848.1839% more dangerous
Drugs574.763831.9858% more dangerous
Other Crime443.672661.3763% more dangerous
Other Theft927.688694.4942% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.17650.34100% safer
Public Order14912.441,4527.5040% more dangerous
Robbery20.17300.1512% more dangerous
Shoplifting756.265162.6658% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.25290.1540% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime282.342661.3741% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences73761.516,11931.6049% more dangerous

Holyhead Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Holyhead1,404117.19-
Bangor1,951119.091.6% more dangerous
Caernarfon1,309128.149% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Holyhead

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Holyhead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42374643Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.580.330.580.67Getting worse
Burglary64.683.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17132113Safer
Drugs3.32.53.54.8Getting worse
Other Crime2.03.43.83.7Getting worse
Other Theft89118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.671.10.17Safer
Public Order671512Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.250.080.17Getting worse
Shoplifting129126Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.670.920.25Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.12.92.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38486162Getting worse

Changes In Holyhead's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holyhead to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7173% safer
Coventry77.4151% safer
Croydon83.2241% safer
Sheffield85.8137% safer
Bristol86.2136% safer
Leicester97.4420% safer
Birmingham102.8714% safer
Liverpool107.289% safer
Holyhead117.19-
Bradford133.0212% more dangerous
Leeds137.1015% more dangerous

Crime in Holyhead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Holyhead1,329124First

Crime in Holyhead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Holyhead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Holyhead saw a 500% increase in drugs. Holyhead saw a large fall in burglary during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Holyhead's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+11%-40%-35%-2%+50%-2%--9%-24%-
Bicycle Theft-----67%-----
Burglary+50%-40%-67%-86%-29%-88%-83%+100%-60%-25%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-53%-46%-43%-68%-55%+15%+5%-63%-8%
Drugs-+200%-+200%-33%+25%+100%-+133%+500%
Other Crime-20%--17%-25%-60%--40%+67%--
Other Theft-46%-65%-62%--62%-23%-14%-29%-44%-82%
Public Order+67%-43%-24%-28%-44%-18%+42%-20%-38%+27%
Shoplifting-42%-79%-60%-29%+133%-33%-55%-77%--60%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+100%-67%--+100%-50%--50%--33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%-24%-21%+30%+76%-+18%-6%-28%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Holyhead

What police force serves Holyhead?
Holyhead's local territorial police force is the North Wales Police.
How dangerous is Holyhead?
Holyhead is the safest small town in Gwynedd.
What is Holyhead's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Holyhead are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Holyhead?
Holyhead's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021