Penryn Crime Overview

Penryn is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 36th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penryn in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 3.2% lower than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penryn is the 274th safest small town, and the 4,142nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Penryn had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Penryn residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Penryn recorded 1 report of robbery during April 2017, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for robbery in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Penryn are violence and sexual offences, with 166 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 1.2% lower than 2019's figure of 168 offences and a difference of 0.24 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Penryn's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 25% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Penryn This Year

 PenrynCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17120.5113,08322.9712% safer
Bicycle Theft70.841170.2175% more dangerous
Burglary60.729441.66131% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson556.603,7416.570.45% more dangerous
Drugs141.681,0651.8711% safer
Other Crime101.205070.8926% more dangerous
Other Theft303.601,9113.357% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons40.482750.480% safer
Public Order161.921,6142.8347% safer
Shoplifting182.161,0951.9211% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.48710.1275% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime172.047331.2937% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences16619.9112,29621.598% safer

Crime in Penryn Compared To Cornwall

Penryn Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Agnes21926.1659% safer
St. Stephen-in-Brannel24030.7335% safer
Treverbyn34737.3211% safer
Bude-Stratton39937.4111% safer
Torpoint29739.346% safer
Penryn34741.61-
Helston50443.604.6% more dangerous
St. Ives48143.865% more dangerous
Launceston48144.066% more dangerous
Saltash73644.146% more dangerous
Falmouth1,06346.1310% more dangerous

Penryn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21191221Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.240.480.84Getting worse
Burglary2.32.62.30.72Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson77127Safer
Drugs2.20.482.51.7Safer
Other Crime0.480.720.841.2Getting worse
Other Theft564.23.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.480.360.48Getting worse
Public Order3.63.84.21.9Safer
Shoplifting4.34.63.02.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.120.120.240.48Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.23.61.42.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212020Getting worse

Changes In Penryn's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing Penryn to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penryn41.61-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Penryn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penryn34742First

Crime in Penryn During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penryn change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Penryn saw a 300% increase in other theft. Penryn saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 92% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+44%+22%+186%+67%+129%+9%+117%+100%+217%+100%
Bicycle Theft----+200%+100%----
Burglary+100%--+100%------
Criminal Damage and Arson-58%-83%-43%+40%-43%-92%-50%+25%-67%+200%
Drugs-88%---+50%---+100%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-67%-+50%-50%-83%--+133%-+300%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--75%+100%--50%-86%-83%-67%--
Shoplifting-25%+100%---25%-----
Vehicle Crime-33%---50%--+100%--+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+13%-63%+113%+113%--57%+20%-58%-10%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penryn

What police force serves Penryn?
Penryn's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Penryn?
Penryn is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall.
What is Penryn's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penryn are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Penryn?
Penryn's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021