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Crime and Safety in Penryn

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Penryn is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penryn in 2021 was 40 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 11% lower than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penryn is the 196th safest small town, and the 4,733rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

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

The most common crimes in Penryn are violence and sexual offences, with 158 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 5% lower than 2020's figure of 166 offences and a difference of 0.96 from 2020's crime rate of 20. Penryn's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Penryn 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Cornwall

47% lower, regional crime rate

South West

91% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Penryn is 47% lower than the South West and 91% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Penryn Crime Rate Over Time

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Penryn Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Penryn 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 Penryn

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202140333
202042347
201951427
201852431
201743361
201636296

Crime in Penryn Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Penryn This Year

 PenrynCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14116.9110,67118.73 11% safer
Bicycle Theft10.12710.120% safer
Burglary121.448231.440% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson698.273,8146.70 19% more dangerous
Drugs172.048941.57 23% more dangerous
Other Crime70.844950.87 3.6% safer
Other Theft202.401,9303.39 41% safer
Possession of Weapons30.362630.46 28% safer
Public Order263.121,9493.42 10% safer
Shoplifting111.321,1281.98 50% safer
Theft From the Person10.12880.15 25% safer
Vehicle Crime80.966201.09 14% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15818.9513,04422.90 21% safer

Penryn Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Agnes22526.8849% safer
St. Stephen-in-Brannel24230.9829% safer
St. Ives41838.114.8% safer
Torpoint29338.812.9% safer
Penryn33339.93-
Saltash66639.940.03% more dangerous
Treverbyn37340.120.47% more dangerous
Helston50643.779% more dangerous
Bude-Stratton49546.4014% more dangerous
Falmouth1,12348.7318% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penryn

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Recent Crimes in Penryn

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Commercial RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bohelland RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Quay HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broad StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Saracen WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Penvale DriveLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kernick RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Charter CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shute MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Annear RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chapel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near Lower Market StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Saracen WayUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Other theftOn or near Broad StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Truro LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bohelland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Penryn Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19122117 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.240.480.840.12 Safer
Burglary2.62.30.721.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson71278 Safer
Drugs0.482.51.72.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.720.841.20.84 Getting worse
Other Theft64.23.62.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.360.480.36 Safer
Public Order3.84.21.93.1 Safer
Shoplifting4.63.02.21.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.120.240.480.12 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.61.42.00.96 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21202019 Safer

Changes In Penryn's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Penryn's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Glasney Playing Field----102.6

Comparing Penryn to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Penryn39.93-
Barnet67.0840% more dangerous
Croydon82.4852% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0556% more dangerous
Bristol90.5256% more dangerous
Coventry102.2461% more dangerous
Leicester111.5964% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0668% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6469% more dangerous
Bradford132.2870% more dangerous
Leeds150.9474% more dangerous

Crime in Penryn's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penryn33340First

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 5 safest small town 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 crime is bicycle theft.

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