Penzance Crime Overview

Penzance is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penzance in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penzance is the 177th most dangerous small town, and the 1,300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Penzance had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Penzance residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. Penzance recorded 23 reports of criminal damage and arson during May 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Penzance are violence and sexual offences, with 739 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 609 offences and a difference of 6.23 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Penzance's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 10% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Penzance Compared To Cornwall

Summary of Crimes in Penzance This Year

 PenzanceCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86041.2213,08322.9744% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft100.481170.2156% more dangerous
Burglary572.739441.6639% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21110.113,7416.5735% more dangerous
Drugs914.361,0651.8757% more dangerous
Other Crime231.105070.8919% more dangerous
Other Theft1115.321,9113.3537% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.582750.4817% more dangerous
Public Order1185.661,6142.8350% more dangerous
Robbery110.53980.1768% more dangerous
Shoplifting954.551,0951.9258% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.48710.1275% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime271.297331.290% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences73935.4212,29621.5939% more dangerous

Penzance Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hayle49651.5941% safer
Newquay1,19452.3139% safer
Redruth90758.5124% safer
Bodmin1,10066.919% safer
Camborne1,60871.381.7% safer
Penzance1,51572.61-
Truro1,49573.030.58% more dangerous
St Austell1,56773.651.4% more dangerous
Carn Brea67875.023.2% more dangerous
Liskeard85783.7213% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penzance

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Penzance Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour51523641Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.290.430.48Getting worse
Burglary4.34.84.22.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13111010Safer
Drugs2.63.22.84.4Getting worse
Other Crime0.911.41.31.1Safer
Other Theft9885Safer
Possession of Weapons0.860.580.810.58Safer
Public Order7776Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.620.530.53Safer
Shoplifting15964.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.720.620.620.48Safer
Vehicle Crime1.32.51.21.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30332935Getting worse

Changes In Penzance's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Penzance's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Penzance that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mennaye Field4-4-11312
Princess May Recreation Ground1----00.41

Comparing Penzance to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.717% safer
Penzance72.61-
Coventry77.416% more dangerous
Croydon83.2213% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8115% more dangerous
Bristol86.2116% more dangerous
Leicester97.4425% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8729% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2832% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% more dangerous

Crime in Penzance's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penzance North55867Second
Penzance Quay731110First
Penzance South & Newlyn22638Third

Crime in Penzance During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penzance change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Penzance saw a 450% increase in drugs. Penzance saw a large fall in other theft during June, when it fell by 82% compared to June in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Penzance's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+49%+26%+10%+47%+11%-16%+34%+51%+156%
Bicycle Theft---+200%---67%---
Burglary--60%-47%-55%-45%-64%+33%-44%+50%+300%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%+50%+64%-20%+54%-5%+44%-38%-18%-52%
Drugs+50%-+14%+13%-30%+14%+60%+100%+450%+250%
Other Crime---67%+33%-+200%+300%-20%-75%-
Other Theft+11%-56%-42%-82%-52%+11%+7%-33%-31%-30%
Possession of Weapons--33%----+100%---
Public Order-29%-50%-64%-10%-7%+31%-14%-20%+100%-31%
Robbery---+100%--33%----
Shoplifting-17%-13%+14%-17%-11%-27%-67%-47%-32%-60%
Theft From the Person------+200%---
Vehicle Crime--67%-50%--50%-+300%+200%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%+18%+42%+35%+40%+35%+6%+9%+20%-10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penzance

What police force serves Penzance?
Penzance's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Penzance?
Penzance is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall.
What is Penzance's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Penzance are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Penzance?
Penzance's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021