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Crime and Safety in Helston

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Helston is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Helston in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 1.0% lower than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Helston is the 244th safest small town, and the 4,102nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Helston had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Helston residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Helston recorded 1 report of theft from the person during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for theft from the person in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Helston are violence and sexual offences, with 251 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 2.0% lower than 2020's figure of 256 offences and a difference of 0.44 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Helston's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Helston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Cornwall

34% lower, regional crime rate

South West

75% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Helston is 34% lower than the South West and 75% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Helston Crime Rate Over Time

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Helston Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Helston 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 Helston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202144506
202044504
201939446
201843498
201745518
201635407

Crime in Helston Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Helston This Year

 HelstonCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20617.8210,67118.73 5% safer
Bicycle Theft10.09710.12 33% safer
Burglary60.528231.44 177% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1008.653,8146.70 23% more dangerous
Drugs211.828941.57 14% more dangerous
Other Crime151.304950.87 33% more dangerous
Other Theft322.771,9303.39 22% safer
Possession of Weapons70.612630.46 25% more dangerous
Public Order453.891,9493.42 12% more dangerous
Shoplifting161.381,1281.98 43% safer
Theft From the Person20.17880.15 12% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime100.876201.09 25% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25121.7113,04422.90 5% safer

Helston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Ives41838.1115% safer
Torpoint29338.8113% safer
Penryn33339.9310% safer
Saltash66639.9410% safer
Treverbyn37340.129% safer
Helston50643.77-
Bude-Stratton49546.406% more dangerous
Falmouth1,12348.7310% more dangerous
Launceston57352.4817% more dangerous
Hayle50652.6317% more dangerous
Redruth87756.5723% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Helston

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Recent Crimes in Helston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Theme/Adventure ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sanctuary LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Charter CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oliver'S TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brewery LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Penberthy RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bulwark RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oliver'S TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bulwark RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Penberthy RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Seneschall ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Casterills RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hermes RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Oates RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oliver'S TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bulwark RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hermes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Helston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23172318 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.350.170.520.09 Safer
Burglary3.32.21.30.52 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7689 Getting worse
Drugs0.951.72.61.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.521.11.3 Getting worse
Other Theft4.02.72.82.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.090.170.090.61 Getting worse
Public Order3.52.12.13.9 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.11.81.01.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.43-0.17 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.950.871.90.87 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19192222 Getting worse

Changes In Helston's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Helston's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Fields1---411.2

Comparing Helston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Helston43.77-
Barnet67.0835% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0551% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2457% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Helston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Helston51943First

Crime in Helston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Helston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Helston saw a 300% increase in vehicle crime. Helston saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 83% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+19%+76%+41%+38%+41%+64%+83%-8%+50%+59%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-+100%--+200%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%+100%-75%+38%-20%-11%-14%+150%-+60%
Drugs-+67%-75%---+150%+50%-+50%
Other Theft--50%-67%-+200%-83%+50%+200%+50%+150%
Public Order+100%-50%-50%--67%-50%+50%-50%-+100%
Shoplifting-----50%----+100%
Vehicle Crime--67%---+300%----
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-35%+60%-30%+64%+75%+100%-28%-10%-64%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Helston

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

How dangerous is Helston?
Helston is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall.

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

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

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