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Crime and Safety in St Austell

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St Austell is among the top 10 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 St Austell in 2021 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 38% higher than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St Austell is the 244th most dangerous small town, and the 1,488th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, St Austell had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for burglary, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for St Austell residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. St Austell recorded 14 reports of other theft during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.66 the worst for other theft in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in St Austell are violence and sexual offences, with 769 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 709 offences and a difference of 2.82 from 2020's crime rate of 33. St Austell's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

St Austell 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cornwall

18% higher, regional crime rate

South West

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in St Austell is 18% higher than the South West and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

St Austell Crime Rate Over Time

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St Austell Crime Map

Incidents mapped in St Austell 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 St Austell

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021711,514
2020741,567
2019771,633
2018821,753
2017811,724
2016591,262

Crime in St Austell Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in St Austell This Year

 St AustellCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour59928.1610,67118.73 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.05710.12 140% safer
Burglary612.878231.44 50% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1798.413,8146.70 20% more dangerous
Drugs632.968941.57 47% more dangerous
Other Crime331.554950.87 44% more dangerous
Other Theft864.041,9303.39 16% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons331.552630.46 70% more dangerous
Public Order1145.361,9493.42 36% more dangerous
Robbery90.42730.13 69% more dangerous
Shoplifting793.711,1281.98 47% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.33880.15 55% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime803.766201.09 71% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences76936.1513,04422.90 37% more dangerous

St Austell Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Launceston57352.4836% safer
Hayle50652.6335% safer
Redruth87756.5726% safer
Newquay1,41161.8215% safer
Camborne1,55068.813.4% safer
St Austell1,51471.16-
Carn Brea67274.364.3% more dangerous
Penzance1,58175.786% more dangerous
Bodmin1,25976.587% more dangerous
Liskeard81579.6211% more dangerous
Truro1,66481.2912% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St Austell

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Recent Crimes in St Austell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CopseOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Polmarth CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Duke StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near West HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodland CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cromwell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodland CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Landrew RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tregarne TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Carnsmerry CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tremena GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High Cross StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lostwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Dithmarschen WayLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chy PonsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Trewhiddle RoadOffender given a caution

St Austell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour42354128 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.240.380.280.05 Safer
Burglary4.33.23.62.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1312108 Safer
Drugs1.32.03.33.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.91.21.6 Safer
Other Theft8764.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.611.11.41.6 Getting worse
Public Order64.74.15 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.610.610.42 Safer
Shoplifting12953.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.800.190.560.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.23.33.63.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences33313336 Getting worse

Changes In St Austell's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in St Austell's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Poltair Park----101.1
St Austell Cricket Club1---120.77

Comparing St Austell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.086% safer
St Austell71.16-
Croydon82.4814% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0521% more dangerous
Bristol90.5221% more dangerous
Coventry102.2430% more dangerous
Leicester111.5936% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0642% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6445% more dangerous
Bradford132.2846% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in St Austell's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Austell Central84183First

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 among the top 10 most dangerous small towns 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.

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