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Crime and Safety in Launceston

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Launceston is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Launceston in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 16% higher than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Launceston is the 372nd safest small town, and the 2,974th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Launceston had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for possession of weapons, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Launceston residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 1.7 per 1,000 residents. Launceston recorded 4 reports of other crime during January 2017, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst for other crime in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Launceston are violence and sexual offences, with 304 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 271 offences and a difference of 3.02 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Launceston's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Launceston 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cornwall

12% lower, regional crime rate

South West

46% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Launceston is 12% lower than the South West and 46% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Launceston Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Launceston 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 Launceston

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202152573
202044481
201954592
201850549
201745495
201633363

Crime in Launceston Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Launceston This Year

 LauncestonCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18717.1310,67118.73 9% safer
Bicycle Theft10.09710.12 33% safer
Burglary121.108231.44 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson857.793,8146.70 14% more dangerous
Drugs131.198941.57 32% safer
Other Crime121.104950.87 21% more dangerous
Other Theft222.021,9303.39 68% safer
Possession of Weapons90.822630.46 44% more dangerous
Public Order444.031,9493.42 15% more dangerous
Robbery20.18730.13 28% more dangerous
Shoplifting555.041,1281.98 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.18880.15 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime121.106201.09 0.91% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30427.8413,04422.90 18% more dangerous

Launceston Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Saltash66639.9431% safer
Treverbyn37340.1231% safer
Helston50643.7720% safer
Bude-Stratton49546.4013% safer
Falmouth1,12348.738% safer
Launceston57352.48-
Hayle50652.630.29% more dangerous
Redruth87756.577% more dangerous
Newquay1,41161.8215% more dangerous
Camborne1,55068.8124% more dangerous
St Austell1,51471.1626% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Launceston

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Recent Crimes in Launceston

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Western RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roydon LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hurdon WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gregory'S MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trecarrel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stourscombe WoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goldfinch CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trecarrel CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Snowdrop CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Penn KernowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Ridgegrove HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Southgate StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hurdon WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hurdon WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foxglove CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Prince Charles CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Launceston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22171917 Safer
Bicycle Theft--0.090.09 Safer
Burglary2.72.61.61.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson654.28 Getting worse
Drugs1.41.61.01.2 Safer
Other Crime1.00.551.61.1 Getting worse
Other Theft53.62.82.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.090.730.460.82 Getting worse
Public Order3.33.03.64.0 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.27-0.18No change
Shoplifting63.82.95 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.370.090.18 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.63.10.921.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23292528 Getting worse

Changes In Launceston's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Launceston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Launceston52.48-
Barnet67.0822% more dangerous
Croydon82.4836% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0542% more dangerous
Bristol90.5242% more dangerous
Coventry102.2449% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0657% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2860% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Launceston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Launceston57453First

Crime in Launceston During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Launceston change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Launceston saw a 400% increase in public order. Launceston saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during November, when it fell by 88% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+133%+31%+24%+48%+6%-31%+8%-23%+43%
Burglary---75%---33%+50%---
Criminal Damage and Arson--71%-78%---57%+50%-40%-88%-
Drugs-75%-+100%-75%------
Other Theft+50%-80%--50%-40%+150%--83%--
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-67%-50%-33%+400%+200%+167%-25%-71%+200%+200%
Shoplifting-75%-+100%+67%+200%-33%+150%+33%-33%-
Vehicle Crime---67%+100%--67%----
Violence and Sexual Offences+71%+32%-8%-23%-48%-61%+27%-26%+50%-45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Launceston

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

How dangerous is Launceston?
Launceston is among the top 20 most dangerous small town in Cornwall.

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

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

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