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Crime and Safety in St. Ives, Cornwall

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St. Ives is the third safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 212 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St. Ives in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Cornwall rate of 44 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St. Ives is the 169th safest small town, and the 5,055th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2018, St. Ives had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in St. Ives are violence and sexual offences, with 241 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 9% lower than 2020's figure of 262 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2020's crime rate of 24. St. Ives's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

St. Ives 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Cornwall

54% lower, regional crime rate

South West

101% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in St. Ives is 54% lower than the South West and 101% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

St. Ives Crime Rate Over Time

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St. Ives Crime Map

Incidents mapped in St. Ives 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. Ives

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202138418
202044481
201938412
201847516
201753581
201641449

Crime in St. Ives Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in St. Ives This Year

 St. IvesCornwall 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16314.8610,67118.73 26% safer
Burglary121.098231.44 32% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson484.383,8146.70 53% safer
Drugs121.098941.57 44% safer
Other Crime111.004950.87 13% more dangerous
Other Theft413.741,9303.39 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.092630.46 411% safer
Public Order302.741,9493.42 25% safer
Shoplifting40.361,1281.98 450% safer
Theft From the Person40.36880.15 58% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime141.286201.09 15% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences24121.9813,04422.90 4.2% safer

St. Ives Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
St. Agnes22526.8842% safer
St. Stephen-in-Brannel24230.9823% safer
St. Ives41838.11-
Torpoint29338.811.8% more dangerous
Penryn33339.934.6% more dangerous
Saltash66639.944.6% more dangerous
Treverbyn37340.125% more dangerous
Helston50643.7713% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St. Ives

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Recent Crimes in St. Ives

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Praze-An-CreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Fish StreetOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carnstabba RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laity LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Teyla Tor RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Chapel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chy-An-Dour CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ros LynUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ayr LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ros LynUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ayr LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Fore StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Victoria PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Steeple CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Public orderOn or near Higher Burrow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trelawney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Higher Burrow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Belyars CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Trelawney AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

St. Ives Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20193115 Safer
Burglary3.12.11.51.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8684.4 Safer
Drugs0.641.21.11.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.911.40.551.0 Safer
Other Theft64.43.73.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.180.180.180.09 Safer
Public Order2.51.72.32.7 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.91.51.60.36 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.640.270.180.36 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.550.820.911.3 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23182422 Getting worse

Changes In St. Ives's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in St. Ives's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St John's Church----11017

Comparing St. Ives to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
St. Ives38.11-
Barnet67.0843% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in St. Ives's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Ives & Halsetown32547First

Crime in St. Ives During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in St. Ives change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when St. Ives saw a 1,200% increase in criminal damage and arson. St. Ives saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 67% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+92%+65%+158%+111%+29%+78%+100%-6%+19%+42%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary---33%--+50%+100%--67%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+1,200%-27%-25%-+57%-+67%+25%-40%-27%
Drugs+200%----67%-50%+200%---
Other Crime-50%---------
Other Theft---25%+250%-30%-20%-63%-60%--
Public Order-+50%------+300%+100%
Shoplifting+300%+100%+33%----50%---
Vehicle Crime------33%----50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-43%-35%+22%+190%-4%+171%+56%+31%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St. Ives

What police force serves St. Ives?
St. Ives's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.

How dangerous is St. Ives?
St. Ives is the third safest small town in Cornwall.

What is St. Ives's most common crime?
The most common crimes in St. Ives are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in St. Ives?
St. Ives's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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