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Crime and Safety in Penzance

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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 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penzance in 2021 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 42% higher than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penzance is the 206th most dangerous small town, and the 1,281st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Penzance had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for criminal damage and arson, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Penzance residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.48 per 1,000 residents. Penzance recorded 8 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.38 the worst for drugs in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Penzance are violence and sexual offences, with 819 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 739 offences and a difference of 3.83 from 2020's crime rate of 35. Penzance's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 175% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Penzance 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cornwall

23% higher, regional crime rate

South West

0.87% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Penzance is 23% higher than the South West and 0.87% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Penzance Crime Rate Over Time

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Penzance Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Penzance 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 Penzance

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021761,581
2020731,515
2019731,517
2018831,722
2017851,766
2016631,324

Crime in Penzance Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Penzance This Year

 PenzanceCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour86341.3610,67118.73 55% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft80.38710.12 68% more dangerous
Burglary432.068231.44 30% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson26512.703,8146.70 47% more dangerous
Drugs411.978941.57 20% more dangerous
Other Crime241.154950.87 24% more dangerous
Other Theft1055.031,9303.39 33% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons180.862630.46 47% more dangerous
Public Order1346.421,9493.42 47% more dangerous
Robbery40.19730.13 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting844.031,1281.98 51% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.48880.15 69% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime261.256201.09 13% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences81939.2513,04422.90 42% more dangerous

Penzance Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redruth87756.5734% safer
Newquay1,41161.8223% safer
Camborne1,55068.8110% safer
St Austell1,51471.166% safer
Carn Brea67274.361.9% safer
Penzance1,58175.78-
Bodmin1,25976.581.0% more dangerous
Liskeard81579.624.8% more dangerous
Truro1,66481.297% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penzance

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Recent Crimes in Penzance

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Taroveor TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Penmere CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tregarth PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near TregieOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Penpons CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Market Jew StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Penpons CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosehill GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Garth RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Polweath CloseOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alverton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near The GreenmarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near NightclubOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosehill GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Henry StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Penzance Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour52364141 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.290.430.480.38 Getting worse
Burglary4.84.22.72.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101013 Getting worse
Drugs3.22.84.42.0 Safer
Other Crime1.41.31.11.2 Safer
Other Theft8855 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.810.580.86 Getting worse
Public Order7766 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.620.530.530.19 Safer
Shoplifting964.64.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.620.480.48 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.51.21.31.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33293539 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0813% safer
Penzance75.78-
Croydon82.488% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0516% more dangerous
Bristol90.5216% more dangerous
Coventry102.2426% more dangerous
Leicester111.5932% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0638% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6442% more dangerous
Bradford132.2843% more dangerous
Leeds150.9450% more dangerous

Crime in Penzance's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penzance North57369Second
Penzance Quay788118First
Penzance South & Newlyn22037Third

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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