Helston Crime Overview

Helston is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Helston in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 1.5% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Helston is the 301st safest small town, and the 3,825th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, 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. November 2018 was also a bad month for Helston residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Helston recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during October 2017, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst for theft from the person in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Helston are violence and sexual offences, with 256 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 225 offences and a difference of 2.69 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Helston's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Helston Compared To Cornwall

Summary of Crimes in Helston This Year

 HelstonCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26122.5813,08322.971.7% safer
Bicycle Theft60.521170.2160% more dangerous
Burglary151.309441.6628% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson917.873,7416.5717% more dangerous
Drugs302.601,0651.8728% more dangerous
Other Crime131.125070.8921% more dangerous
Other Theft322.771,9113.3521% safer
Possession of Weapons10.092750.48433% safer
Public Order242.081,6142.8336% safer
Robbery20.17980.170% safer
Shoplifting121.041,0951.9285% safer
Vehicle Crime221.907331.2932% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences25622.1512,29621.592.5% more dangerous

Helston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Stephen-in-Brannel24030.7342% safer
Treverbyn34737.3217% safer
Bude-Stratton39937.4117% safer
Torpoint29739.3411% safer
Penryn34741.614.8% safer
Helston50443.60-
St. Ives48143.860.59% more dangerous
Launceston48144.061.0% more dangerous
Saltash73644.141.2% more dangerous
Falmouth1,06346.135% more dangerous
Hayle49651.5915% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Helston

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Helston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17231723Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.350.350.170.52Getting worse
Burglary2.23.32.21.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9768Getting worse
Drugs1.50.951.72.6Getting worse
Other Crime0.691.00.521.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.44.02.72.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.090.170.09Safer
Public Order3.73.52.12.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.090.350.170.17Safer
Shoplifting3.22.11.81.0Safer
Vehicle Crime1.50.950.871.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences17191922Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Helston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Helston43.60-
Barnet67.7136% more dangerous
Coventry77.4144% more dangerous
Croydon83.2248% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8758% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Helston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Helston51642First

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021