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Crime and Safety in Newquay

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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 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newquay in 2021 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newquay is the 340th most dangerous small town, and the 2,086th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Newquay had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Newquay residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for other theft, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Newquay recorded 15 reports of drugs during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst for drugs in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Newquay are violence and sexual offences, with 641 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 567 offences and a difference of 3.24 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Newquay's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Newquay 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Cornwall

5% higher, regional crime rate

South West

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newquay is 5% higher than the South West and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newquay Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Newquay 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 Newquay

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021621,411
2020521,194
2019661,516
2018781,774
2017731,666
2016621,418

Crime in Newquay Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Newquay This Year

 NewquayCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour78234.2610,67118.73 45% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.61710.12 80% more dangerous
Burglary451.978231.44 27% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23110.123,8146.70 34% more dangerous
Drugs783.428941.57 54% more dangerous
Other Crime170.744950.87 18% safer
Other Theft1747.621,9303.39 56% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons170.742630.46 38% more dangerous
Public Order944.121,9493.42 17% more dangerous
Robbery40.18730.13 28% more dangerous
Shoplifting592.581,1281.98 23% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.44880.15 66% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime271.186201.09 8% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences64128.0813,04422.90 18% more dangerous

Newquay Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bude-Stratton49546.4033% safer
Falmouth1,12348.7327% safer
Launceston57352.4818% safer
Hayle50652.6317% safer
Redruth87756.579% safer
Newquay1,41161.82-
Camborne1,55068.8110% more dangerous
St Austell1,51471.1613% more dangerous
Carn Brea67274.3617% more dangerous
Penzance1,58175.7818% more dangerous
Bodmin1,25976.5819% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newquay

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Recent Crimes in Newquay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albany RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Godolphin WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wesley YardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bank StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Mayfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Polwhele RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bracken TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near East StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fairfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Estuary ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Chynance DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near North Quay HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Headland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Station ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridge CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Newquay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39323734 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.960.390.480.61 Safer
Burglary53.72.52.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson99810 Getting worse
Drugs3.93.93.53.4 Safer
Other Crime1.21.00.920.74 Safer
Other Theft1284.08 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.880.830.74 Getting worse
Public Order3.23.32.74.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.310.350.18 Safer
Shoplifting872.22.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.40.530.040.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.53.71.61.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28262528 Getting worse

Changes In Newquay's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newquay's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mount Wise Public Gardens43--107
Trenance Gardens----200.43

Comparing Newquay to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Newquay61.82-
Barnet67.088% more dangerous
Croydon82.4825% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0531% more dangerous
Bristol90.5232% more dangerous
Coventry102.2440% more dangerous
Leicester111.5945% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0650% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9459% more dangerous

Crime in Newquay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newquay East50551First

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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