St Austell Crime Overview

St Austell is the third most dangerous small town in Cornwall, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St Austell in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 42% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St Austell is the 167th most dangerous small town, and the 1,246th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, St Austell had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for St Austell residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. St Austell recorded 4 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for other crime in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in St Austell are violence and sexual offences, with 709 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 669 offences and a difference of 1.88 from 2019's crime rate of 31. St Austell's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in St Austell This Year

 St AustellCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour87741.2213,08322.9744% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.281170.2125% more dangerous
Burglary763.579441.6654% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21610.153,7416.5735% more dangerous
Drugs713.341,0651.8744% more dangerous
Other Crime261.225070.8927% more dangerous
Other Theft1296.061,9113.3545% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons291.362750.4865% more dangerous
Public Order884.141,6142.8332% more dangerous
Robbery130.61980.1772% more dangerous
Shoplifting1155.411,0951.9265% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.56710.1279% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime773.627331.2964% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences70933.3312,29621.5935% more dangerous

Crime in St Austell Compared To Cornwall

St Austell Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Redruth90758.5126% safer
Bodmin1,10066.9110% safer
Camborne1,60871.383.2% safer
Penzance1,51572.611.4% safer
Truro1,49573.030.85% safer
St Austell1,56773.65-
Carn Brea67875.021.8% more dangerous
Liskeard85783.7212% more dangerous

St Austell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42423541Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.420.240.380.28Safer
Burglary4.04.33.23.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131210Safer
Drugs2.51.32.03.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.61.91.2Safer
Other Theft9876Safer
Possession of Weapons1.20.611.11.4Getting worse
Public Order4.464.74.1Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.470.420.610.61Getting worse
Shoplifting131295Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.710.800.190.56Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.23.33.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28333133Getting worse

Changes In St Austell's Crime Rates Over Time

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

Comparing St Austell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.719% safer
St Austell73.65-
Coventry77.414.9% more dangerous
Croydon83.2211% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8114% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4424% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8728% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2831% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1046% more dangerous

Crime in St Austell's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Austell Central88087First

Crime in St Austell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in St Austell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when St Austell saw a 400% increase in burglary. St Austell saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 92% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%-13%-15%+18%+173%+43%+28%+38%+43%-23%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+100%+14%+400%+17%+33%+400%+400%-33%+25%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson+5%-50%+82%-45%+13%--38%-37%+70%-40%
Drugs+29%+100%+67%+100%+175%---20%--33%
Other Crime-50%+33%-29%-+100%-40%-75%-67%-67%-
Other Theft-35%-54%-73%-33%-33%+100%+36%+20%-44%-18%
Possession of Weapons-75%-+100%-50%+50%---40%--75%
Public Order-38%-78%+17%+14%-18%-18%-30%-+11%-
Robbery+200%--50%-50%------
Shoplifting-40%+30%-58%-33%-27%+57%-85%-75%-89%-71%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-29%+250%+50%-+100%-+33%+300%+100%-92%
Violence and Sexual Offences-2%-36%+24%+22%+2%+10%-23%+38%+19%+16%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St Austell

What police force serves St Austell?
St Austell's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is St Austell?
St Austell is the third most dangerous small town in Cornwall.
What is St Austell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in St Austell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in St Austell?
St Austell's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021