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Crime and Safety in Falmouth

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Falmouth is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Falmouth in 2021 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Falmouth is the 323rd safest small town, and the 3,405th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Falmouth had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Falmouth residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Falmouth recorded 9 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst for drugs in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Falmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 571 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 521 offences and a difference of 2.17 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Falmouth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Falmouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Cornwall

20% lower, regional crime rate

South West

57% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Falmouth is 20% lower than the South West and 57% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Falmouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Falmouth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Falmouth 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 Falmouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021491,123
2020461,063
2019601,372
2018571,311
2017501,161
2016481,109

Crime in Falmouth Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Falmouth This Year

 FalmouthCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour52222.6510,67118.73 17% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.17710.12 29% more dangerous
Burglary321.398231.44 3.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1647.123,8146.70 6% more dangerous
Drugs642.788941.57 44% more dangerous
Other Crime210.914950.87 4.4% more dangerous
Other Theft923.991,9303.39 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.522630.46 12% more dangerous
Public Order803.471,9493.42 1.4% more dangerous
Robbery50.22730.13 41% more dangerous
Shoplifting472.041,1281.98 2.9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.26880.15 42% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime251.086201.09 0.93% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57124.7813,04422.90 8% more dangerous

Falmouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Penryn33339.9322% safer
Saltash66639.9422% safer
Treverbyn37340.1221% safer
Helston50643.7711% safer
Bude-Stratton49546.405% safer
Falmouth1,12348.73-
Launceston57352.487% more dangerous
Hayle50652.637% more dangerous
Redruth87756.5714% more dangerous
Newquay1,41161.8221% more dangerous
Camborne1,55068.8129% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Falmouth

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Recent Crimes in Falmouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ferry TerminalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Hill CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Esperanza CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lansdowne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pengelly PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Tresawle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Trevithick RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hichens LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Swanvale RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Old Hill CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Penwerris LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tinners WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Tregullow RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trelawney RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wodehouse TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hawkins WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Esperanza CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Falmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27242623 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.480.560.170.17 Safer
Burglary3.22.61.21.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111477 Safer
Drugs1.41.62.02.8 Getting worse
Other Crime0.871.00.910.91 Getting worse
Other Theft653.04.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.520.610.52 Getting worse
Public Order3.64.13.53.5 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.300.130.22 Safer
Shoplifting3.63.62.92.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.520.130.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.21.41.61.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22252325 Getting worse

Changes In Falmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Falmouth's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Falmouth that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bowly Community Area----118
Falmouth RFC111--01.6
Kimberley Park7-1-124.0

Comparing Falmouth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Falmouth48.73-
Barnet67.0827% more dangerous
Croydon82.4841% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0546% more dangerous
Bristol90.5246% more dangerous
Coventry102.2452% more dangerous
Leicester111.5956% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0660% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6462% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Falmouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Falmouth East38655Second
Falmouth North50164First
Falmouth West & South23629Third

Crime in Falmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Falmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Falmouth saw a 700% increase in drugs. Falmouth saw a large fall in other theft during March, when it fell by 89% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+10%+52%+9%-+15%+39%+48%-11%+11%+13%
Bicycle Theft-----50%----50%-
Burglary--67%-43%-33%-83%+50%---33%-86%
Criminal Damage and Arson-77%-89%-64%-71%-57%-35%+233%+36%-42%-47%
Drugs-75%+700%+300%-33%+75%-33%+700%--80%-50%
Other Crime--+200%+25%-75%-+33%-+50%-
Other Theft-89%-55%-72%--25%-25%-50%+167%-64%-36%
Possession of Weapons+200%-----+100%---
Public Order-17%-55%-63%-43%-57%+40%+17%-20%-30%-
Shoplifting--78%-40%+75%-30%-43%+150%-36%+67%-11%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime+133%-40%----50%--33%+20%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%-19%-45%+24%-5%+2%-30%-2%-37%-9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Falmouth

What police force serves Falmouth?
Falmouth's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.

How dangerous is Falmouth?
Falmouth is among the top 10 safest small town in Cornwall.

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

What is the least common crime in Falmouth?
Falmouth's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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