Newquay Crime Overview

Newquay is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newquay in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newquay is the 407th most dangerous small town, and the 2,768th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Newquay had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Newquay residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.31 per 1,000 residents. Newquay recorded 15 reports of other theft during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst for other theft in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Newquay are violence and sexual offences, with 567 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 3.7% lower than 2019's figure of 588 offences and a difference of 0.92 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Newquay's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 1100% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Newquay This Year

 NewquayCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour83436.5413,08322.9737% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.481170.2156% more dangerous
Burglary582.549441.6635% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1918.373,7416.5722% more dangerous
Drugs793.461,0651.8746% more dangerous
Other Crime210.925070.893.3% more dangerous
Other Theft924.031,9113.3517% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons190.832750.4842% more dangerous
Public Order622.721,6142.834.0% safer
Robbery80.35980.1751% more dangerous
Shoplifting492.151,0951.9211% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.04710.12200% safer
Vehicle Crime361.587331.2918% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences56724.8412,29621.5913% more dangerous

Crime in Newquay Compared To Cornwall

Newquay Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Ives48143.8619% safer
Launceston48144.0619% safer
Saltash73644.1419% safer
Falmouth1,06346.1313% safer
Hayle49651.591.4% safer
Newquay1,19452.31-
Redruth90758.5111% more dangerous
Bodmin1,10066.9122% more dangerous
Camborne1,60871.3827% more dangerous
Penzance1,51572.6128% more dangerous
Truro1,49573.0328% more dangerous

Newquay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35393237Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.880.960.390.48Safer
Burglary4.853.72.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8998Safer
Drugs3.73.93.93.5Safer
Other Crime0.921.21.00.92Safer
Other Theft131284.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.610.880.83Getting worse
Public Order3.83.23.32.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.350.310.35Safer
Shoplifting8872.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.40.530.04Safer
Vehicle Crime3.14.53.71.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24282625Safer

Changes In Newquay's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Newquay to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newquay52.31-
Barnet67.7123% more dangerous
Coventry77.4132% more dangerous
Croydon83.2237% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8139% more dangerous
Bristol86.2139% more dangerous
Leicester97.4446% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8749% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2851% more dangerous
Bradford133.0261% more dangerous
Leeds137.1062% more dangerous

Crime in Newquay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newquay East54254First

Crime in Newquay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newquay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Newquay saw a 333% increase in drugs. Newquay saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 87% compared to July in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Newquay's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-34%+82%+15%+26%-5%+13%+17%+65%+9%+5%
Bicycle Theft---------50%-
Burglary-25%-33%--33%-64%+75%+75%-14%-80%-58%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-50%-25%+13%-38%-+15%+69%+63%-7%
Drugs-30%-38%-79%+50%-31%-11%-+333%+250%-20%
Other Crime-50%-50%--67%+100%+300%----
Other Theft-64%-27%-33%-44%-40%-47%-63%-38%-73%-62%
Possession of Weapons-50%-25%--67%---+300%--
Public Order-25%+150%-44%-33%-29%-46%+75%+67%-50%-
Robbery-+100%--------
Shoplifting-85%-64%-85%-13%-87%-50%-63%-67%-17%+25%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+67%+100%--82%-72%-78%-20%---33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%+25%-4%-25%+3%-21%+55%+45%-28%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newquay

What police force serves Newquay?
Newquay's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Newquay?
Newquay is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall.
What is Newquay's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newquay are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newquay?
Newquay's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021