Ely Crime Overview

Ely is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 55th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ely in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 21% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ely is the 327th most dangerous small town, and the 2,160th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Ely was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for burglary, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Ely residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Ely recorded 2 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for bicycle theft in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ely are violence and sexual offences, with 461 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 16% higher than 2019's figure of 388 offences and a difference of 3.38 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Ely's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Ely Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ely This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35716.4915,57418.2110% safer
Bicycle Theft562.593,0773.6039% safer
Burglary853.933,8174.4613% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1265.826,9708.1540% safer
Drugs371.712,0212.3638% safer
Other Crime271.251,4141.6532% safer
Other Theft1225.644,8155.630.18% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.426150.7271% safer
Public Order1436.616,0327.057% safer
Robbery120.555410.6315% safer
Shoplifting803.702,6523.1016% more dangerous
Theft From the Person301.395240.6156% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime944.344,2444.9614% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46121.3024,34028.4534% safer

Ely Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cambourne54451.8714% safer
Whittlesey91354.399% safer
Bretton73656.674.5% safer
Orton Waterville57656.724.4% safer
Chatteris64157.483.0% safer
St. Ives1,04561.413.5% more dangerous
Soham80761.704.0% more dangerous
Ramsey50461.874.3% more dangerous
Littleport73574.3320% more dangerous
March1,75576.1222% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ely

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Ely Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour22161416Safer
Bicycle Theft2. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6666Safer
Drugs1.00.741.21.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.741.21.11.2Getting worse
Other Theft9786Safer
Possession of Weapons0.230.320.550.42Getting worse
Public Order4.03.64.17Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.921.71.4Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.453.54.3Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13151821Getting worse

Changes In Ely's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ely to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Ely's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Ely51842Second
South Ely76482First

Crime in Ely During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ely change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Ely saw a 1,200% increase in bicycle theft. Ely saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Ely's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour-23%-52%+4%+4%-3%+17%+39%+184%+43%+93%
Bicycle Theft---67%+150%-+133%+29%+300%+1,200%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%-47%--20%+83%-44%-63%+27%+167%+31%
Other Crime--+33%-25%-50%-50%+400%-50%+50%-50%
Other Theft-56%-42%-54%-32%-8%+150%-59%-8%-46%-14%
Possession of Weapons----67%-----50%-
Public Order+100%-+27%+33%+100%+180%+550%-21%+13%+30%
Theft From the Person+300%-67%-40%+100%-67%+400%-67%-20%-50%-75%
Vehicle Crime+100%-67%-+150%-43%+188%--86%+33%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+18%+50%+26%-11%+39%+48%+80%+17%-17%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ely

What police force serves Ely?
Ely's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Ely?
Ely is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire.
What is Ely's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Ely are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Ely?
Ely's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021