St. Ives Crime Overview

St. Ives is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cornwall, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Cornwall's 218 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St. Ives in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 2.1% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St. Ives is the 305th safest small town, and the 3,787th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, St. Ives had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2019 was also a bad month for St. Ives residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. St. Ives recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during July 2018, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst for theft from the person in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in St. Ives are violence and sexual offences, with 262 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 196 offences and a difference of 6.02 from 2019's crime rate of 18. St. Ives's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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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 Behaviour33930.9113,08322.9726% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.091170.21133% safer
Burglary161.469441.6614% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson857.753,7416.5715% more dangerous
Drugs121.091,0651.8772% safer
Other Crime60.555070.8962% safer
Other Theft413.741,9113.3510% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.182750.48167% safer
Public Order252.281,6142.8324% safer
Robbery20.18980.176% more dangerous
Shoplifting171.551,0951.9224% safer
Theft From the Person20.18710.1233% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime100.917331.2942% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26223.8912,29621.5910% more dangerous

St. Ives Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Treverbyn34737.3218% safer
Bude-Stratton39937.4117% safer
Torpoint29739.3411% safer
Penryn34741.615% safer
Helston50443.600.60% safer
St. Ives48143.86-
Launceston48144.060.45% more dangerous
Saltash73644.140.63% more dangerous
Falmouth1,06346.134.9% more dangerous
Hayle49651.5915% more dangerous
Newquay1,19452.3116% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St. Ives

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St. Ives Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour32201931Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. change
Criminal Damage and Arson10868Safer
Drugs0.550.641.21.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.910.911.40.55Safer
Other Theft764.43.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0. change
Public Order3.
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.36-0.180.18Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.270.640.270.18Safer
Vehicle Crime1.60.550.820.91Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20231824Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing St. Ives to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
St. Ives43.86-
Barnet67.7135% more dangerous
Coventry77.4143% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8149% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in St. Ives's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Ives & Halsetown38956First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+92%+65%+158%+111%+29%+78%+100%-6%+19%+42%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+1,200%-27%-25%-+57%-+67%+25%-40%-27%
Other Crime-50%---------
Other Theft---25%+250%-30%-20%-63%-60%--
Public Order-+50%------+300%+100%
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 among the top 10 safest small towns 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021