Truro Crime Overview

Truro is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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 Truro in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cornwall's overall crime rate, coming in 41% higher than the Cornwall rate of 43 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Truro is the 174th most dangerous small town, and the 1,272nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Truro had the worst crime rate in Cornwall for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.05 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Truro residents, when it was Cornwall's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.44 per 1,000 residents. Truro recorded 28 reports of criminal damage and arson during August 2020, making its crime rate of 1.4 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Cornwall that month.

The most common crimes in Truro are violence and sexual offences, with 638 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 693 offences and a difference of 2.68 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Truro's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Truro Compared To Cornwall

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Summary of Crimes in Truro This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour93645.7313,08322.9750% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.201170.215% safer
Burglary371.819441.668% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21010.263,7416.5736% more dangerous
Drugs673.271,0651.8743% more dangerous
Other Crime291.425070.8937% more dangerous
Other Theft904.401,9113.3524% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons160.782750.4838% more dangerous
Public Order1497.281,6142.8361% more dangerous
Robbery120.59980.1771% more dangerous
Shoplifting21310.411,0951.9282% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.15710.1220% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime271.327331.292.3% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences63831.1712,29621.5931% more dangerous

Truro Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Newquay1,19452.3140% safer
Redruth90758.5125% safer
Bodmin1,10066.919% safer
Camborne1,60871.382.3% safer
Penzance1,51572.610.58% safer
St Austell1,56773.650.84% more dangerous
Carn Brea67875.022.7% more dangerous
Liskeard85783.7213% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Truro

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Truro Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour50444046Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.390.390.20Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12101110Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime0.981.01.31.4Getting worse
Other Theft9864.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.780.880.78No change
Public Order6777Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.290.390.59Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.931.00.880.15Safer
Vehicle Crime1.
Violence and Sexual Offences28323431Safer

Changes In Truro's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Truro's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Truro that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Boscawen Park1111-313.2
Victoria Gardens5---413.9

Comparing Truro to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.718% safer
Coventry77.416% more dangerous
Croydon83.2212% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8115% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4425% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8729% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2832% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% more dangerous

Crime in Truro's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Truro East35041Second
Truro South & Central893138First

Crime in Truro During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Truro change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Truro saw a 600% increase in other crime. Truro saw a large fall in drugs during March, when it fell by 78% compared to March in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+32%+37%-12%+3%+12%-6%+4%+97%+11%+25%
Bicycle Theft------+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-41%-25%-44%+44%-44%+40%+11%+69%-18%+29%
Other Crime---50%+50%--33%+600%+300%+33%-33%
Other Theft-11%-40%--25%-50%-59%-50%-13%+43%-25%
Possession of Weapons----50%+100%--67%--+100%
Public Order+64%-20%+80%-76%-7%-27%-11%+36%+75%-10%
Theft From the Person-----67%-67%----
Vehicle Crime-50%-+300%--75%+400%-25%--+200%
Violence and Sexual Offences+83%-8%-6%+25%-29%+2%-7%-6%-33%-53%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Truro

What police force serves Truro?
Truro's local territorial police force is the Devon & Cornwall Police.
How dangerous is Truro?
Truro is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cornwall.
What is Truro's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Truro are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Truro?
Truro's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021