Falmouth Crime Overview

Falmouth is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Falmouth in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Falmouth is the 339th safest small town, and the 3,500th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Falmouth had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Falmouth residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Falmouth recorded 6 reports of vehicle crime during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for vehicle crime in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Falmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 521 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 569 offences and a difference of 2.08 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Falmouth's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 133% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Falmouth Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Falmouth This Year

 FalmouthCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour60826.3813,08322.9713% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.171170.2124% safer
Burglary281.219441.6637% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1707.383,7416.5711% more dangerous
Drugs462.001,0651.876% more dangerous
Other Crime210.915070.892.2% more dangerous
Other Theft682.951,9113.3514% safer
Possession of Weapons140.612750.4821% more dangerous
Public Order813.511,6142.8319% more dangerous
Robbery30.13980.1731% safer
Shoplifting662.861,0951.9233% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.13710.128% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime381.657331.2922% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences52122.6112,29621.594.5% more dangerous

Falmouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Penryn34741.6111% safer
Helston50443.606% safer
St. Ives48143.865% safer
Launceston48144.064.7% safer
Saltash73644.144.5% safer
Falmouth1,06346.13-
Hayle49651.5911% more dangerous
Newquay1,19452.3112% more dangerous
Redruth90758.5121% more dangerous
Bodmin1,10066.9131% more dangerous
Camborne1,60871.3835% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Falmouth

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Falmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27272426Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.480.560.17Safer
Burglary2.13.22.61.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011147Safer
Drugs2.01.41.62.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.430.871.00.91Getting worse
Other Theft6653.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.610.520.61Getting worse
Public Order3.83.64.13.5Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.260.300.13Safer
Shoplifting3.03.63.62.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.520.520.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.13.21.41.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19222523Getting 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 2020.

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
Falmouth46.13-
Barnet67.7132% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Falmouth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Falmouth East34649Second
Falmouth North52967First
Falmouth West & South18823Third

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 20 most dangerous small towns 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021