Launceston Crime Overview

Launceston is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Launceston in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 2.5% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Launceston is the 310th safest small town, and the 3,750th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2019, Launceston had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for vehicle crime, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.7 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Launceston residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Launceston recorded 2 reports of robbery during August 2015, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst for robbery in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Launceston are violence and sexual offences, with 271 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 321 offences and a difference of 4.58 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Launceston's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Summary of Crimes in Launceston This Year

 LauncestonCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20518.7813,08322.9722% safer
Bicycle Theft10.091170.21133% safer
Burglary181.659441.660.61% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson464.213,7416.5756% safer
Drugs111.011,0651.8785% safer
Other Crime171.565070.8943% more dangerous
Other Theft302.751,9113.3522% safer
Possession of Weapons50.462750.484.3% safer
Public Order393.571,6142.8321% more dangerous
Shoplifting322.931,0951.9234% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.09710.1233% safer
Vehicle Crime100.927331.2940% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27124.8212,29621.5913% more dangerous

Crime in Launceston Compared To Cornwall

Launceston Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bude-Stratton39937.4118% safer
Torpoint29739.3412% safer
Penryn34741.616% safer
Helston50443.601.1% safer
St. Ives48143.860.46% safer
Launceston48144.06-
Saltash73644.140.18% more dangerous
Falmouth1,06346.134.5% more dangerous
Hayle49651.5915% more dangerous
Newquay1,19452.3116% more dangerous
Redruth90758.5125% more dangerous

Launceston Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31221719Safer
Bicycle Theft0.18--0.09Safer
Burglary2.02.72.61.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5654.2Safer
Drugs1.21.41.61.0Safer
Other Crime1.61.00.551.6Getting worse
Other Theft553.62.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.090.730.46Getting worse
Public Order4.13.33.03.6Getting worse
Shoplifting4.463.82.9Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.180.370.09Safer
Vehicle Crime1.41.63.10.92Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19232925Getting worse

Changes In Launceston's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Launceston to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Launceston44.06-
Barnet67.7135% more dangerous
Coventry77.4143% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in Launceston's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Launceston48144First

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 10 safest small towns 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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021