Crime in Cornwall

Cornwall is among the top 20 safest counties in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in Cornwall in 2020 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 20 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Cornwall's larger towns and cities, Liskeard is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Carn Brea, and St Austell comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Cornwall, starting with St. Agnes which ranks as the safest area in Cornwall, followed up by St. Stephen-in-Brannel in second place, and Bude-Stratton in third place.

Crime Map of Cornwall

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Cornwall Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour12,18021.34
Bicycle Theft1110.19
Burglary8611.51
Criminal Damage and Arson3,4776.09
Drugs9781.71
Other Crime4630.81
Other Theft1,7523.07
Possession of Weapons2610.46
Public Order1,5112.65
Robbery890.16
Shoplifting1,0261.80
Theft From the Person680.12
Vehicle Crime6811.19
Violence and Sexual Offences11,28819.77

Cornwall's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Cornwall
Bodmin1,0016135% more dangerous
Bude-Stratton3503320% safer
Camborne1,4846640% more dangerous
Carn Brea6266943% more dangerous
Falmouth988438% more dangerous
Hayle4584817% more dangerous
Helston470412.8% more dangerous
Launceston449413.9% more dangerous
Liskeard7977849% more dangerous
Newquay1,1074818% more dangerous
Penryn317384.0% safer
Penzance1,4146842% more dangerous
Redruth8475528% more dangerous
Saltash671401.8% more dangerous
St Austell1,4436842% more dangerous
St. Agnes1902374% safer
St. Ives446412.8% more dangerous
St. Stephen-in-Brannel2252937% safer
Torpoint274369% safer
Treverbyn3173416% safer
Truro1,3816741% more dangerous

Crime Trends in Cornwall

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23221921Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.210.200.200.19Safer
Burglary2.93.02.41.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7776Safer
Drugs1.41.31.51.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.890.900.860.81Safer
Other Theft554.43.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.340.420.46Getting worse
Public Order3.03.03.02.6Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.160.150.160.16Getting worse
Shoplifting4.13.52.81.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.340.300.12Safer
Vehicle Crime1.72.11.71.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202120Getting worse

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021