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Crime and Safety in Penrith, Cumbria

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Penrith is the third most dangerous small town in Cumbria, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Penrith in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Penrith is the 215th most dangerous small town, and the 1,357th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Penrith had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Penrith residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Penrith are violence and sexual offences, with 530 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 503 offences and a difference of 1.70 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Penrith's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 167% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Penrith 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Cumbria

30% higher, regional crime rate

North West

0.38% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Penrith is 30% higher than the North West and 0.38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Penrith Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Penrith represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Penrith

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021731,161
2020671,058
2019781,245
2018711,134
201751813
201652822

Crime in Penrith Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Penrith This Year

 PenrithCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28517.958,16916.34 9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.191930.39 105% safer
Burglary362.271,3792.76 22% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1408.824,6519.30 5% safer
Drugs533.341,0332.07 38% more dangerous
Other Crime161.016401.28 27% safer
Other Theft865.422,3774.75 12% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons201.262320.46 63% more dangerous
Public Order1237.754,3328.66 12% safer
Robbery70.441460.29 34% more dangerous
Shoplifting1278.001,6153.23 60% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.19920.18 5% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime171.077291.46 36% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences53033.3816,89333.79 1.2% safer

Penrith Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dalton Town with Newton36647.3654% safer
Cockermouth46651.1043% safer
Windermere48259.5623% safer
Ulverston75864.7313% safer
Egremont55671.582.1% safer
Penrith1,16173.11-
Maryport92381.7511% more dangerous
Whitehaven2,08089.9319% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Penrith

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Recent Crimes in Penrith

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Holme Riggs AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cromwell RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Field House GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robinson StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crown SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Windsor DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Croft AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near York StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Croft TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Netherend RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Foster StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Gillan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cold Springs ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Prince Charles CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wetheriggs RiseUnable to prosecute suspect

Penrith Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22172218 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.380.190.500.19 Safer
Burglary2.64.72.72.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131089 Safer
Drugs2.71.92.03.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.31.11.0 Safer
Other Theft784.15 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.570.501.3 Getting worse
Public Order6788 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.310.130.44 Getting worse
Shoplifting71168 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.760.630.130.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.31.82.11.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27323233 Getting worse

Changes In Penrith's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Penrith to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9383% safer
Birmingham49.6047% safer
Barnet67.089% safer
Penrith73.11-
Croydon82.4811% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0319% more dangerous
Bristol90.5219% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0641% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9452% more dangerous

Crime in Penrith's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Penrith Central & West914122First

Crime in Penrith During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Penrith change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Penrith saw a 233% increase in public order. Penrith saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 96% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+14%+178%+188%-48%+4%+21%-24%+74%+50%-6%
Burglary+25%---29%+150%-80%--50%-71%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson+38%-22%-65%-11%-23%-24%+10%-40%-50%-30%
Drugs---+67%-67%-33%--+50%-50%
Other Crime+100%+150%+100%--+100%-50%---
Other Theft-30%-80%-64%-75%-40%-47%+13%-44%-75%+25%
Possession of Weapons------67%-50%---
Public Order+233%+60%-29%-27%+64%+25%-33%-45%-35%+57%
Shoplifting-50%-81%-29%-96%-77%-17%-64%+90%-44%+129%
Theft From the Person---------50%-
Vehicle Crime-92%+200%---67%-50%-+133%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%-25%-10%+11%+30%+19%-3%+8%+24%-66%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Penrith

What police force serves Penrith?
Penrith's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.

How dangerous is Penrith?
Penrith is the third most dangerous small town in Cumbria.

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

What is the least common crime in Penrith?
Penrith's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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