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Crime and Safety in Holyhead

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Holyhead is the most dangerous small town in Gwynedd, and is the second most dangerous overall out of Gwynedd's 103 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Holyhead in 2021 was 129 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Gwynedd's overall crime rate, coming in 48% higher than the Gwynedd rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Holyhead is the 27th most dangerous small town, and the 257th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Holyhead had the worst crime rate in Gwynedd for criminal damage and arson, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.6 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Holyhead residents, when it was Gwynedd's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. Holyhead recorded 8 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.67 the worst for drugs in Gwynedd that month.

The most common crimes in Holyhead are violence and sexual offences, with 797 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 67. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 737 offences and a difference of 5.01 from 2020's crime rate of 62. Holyhead's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Holyhead 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Gwynedd

42% higher, regional crime rate

Wales

44% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Holyhead is 42% higher than Wales and 44% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Holyhead Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Holyhead represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Holyhead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211291,549
20201171,404
20191401,681
20181001,196
2017961,151
2016871,046

Crime in Holyhead Compared To Gwynedd

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Summary of Crimes in Holyhead This Year

 HolyheadGwynedd 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour47539.654,25621.98 45% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.33720.37 12% safer
Burglary282.344122.13 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson17814.861,5828.17 45% more dangerous
Drugs746.183771.95 68% more dangerous
Other Crime383.172491.29 59% more dangerous
Other Theft998.269354.83 42% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons60.50630.33 34% more dangerous
Public Order22618.861,8629.61 49% more dangerous
Robbery20.17310.16 6% more dangerous
Shoplifting796.594472.31 65% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.50390.20 60% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime121.002031.05 5% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences79766.526,69534.57 48% more dangerous

Holyhead Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Caernarfon1,128110.4317% safer
Bangor1,855113.2314% safer
Holyhead1,549129.29-

Crime Over Time in Holyhead

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Recent Crimes in Holyhead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arthur St EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rhos-Y-Gaer AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bryn MarchogInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newry StreetAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tan-Yr-EfailAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Maes-Yr-HafUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tyn Pwll RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gilbert StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Swift SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near British TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A55Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Ffordd BeibioAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arthur St EastUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Plashyfryd TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Victoria RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Holyhead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37464340 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.330.580.670.33 Safer
Burglary4.683.82.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13211315 Safer
Drugs2.53.54.86 Getting worse
Other Crime3.43.83.73.2 Getting worse
Other Theft91188 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.671.10.170.50 Safer
Public Order7151219 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.080.170.17 Getting worse
Shoplifting91267 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.920.250.50 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.12.92.31.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48616267 Getting worse

Changes In Holyhead's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Holyhead to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93224% safer
Birmingham49.60161% safer
Barnet67.0893% safer
Croydon82.4857% safer
Sheffield90.0344% safer
Bristol90.5243% safer
Leicester111.5916% safer
Liverpool123.065% safer
Holyhead129.29-
Bradford132.282.3% more dangerous
Leeds150.9414% more dangerous

Crime in Holyhead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Holyhead1,461136First

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 most dangerous 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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