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Crime and Safety in Ely, Cambridgeshire

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Ely is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 47th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ely in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ely is the 381st most dangerous small town, and the 2,338th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Ely was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Ely residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.42 per 1,000 residents. Ely recorded 6 reports of drugs during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst small town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in Ely are violence and sexual offences, with 450 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 2.4% lower than 2020's figure of 461 offences and a difference of 0.51 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Ely's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 12 crimes.

Ely 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Cambridgeshire

20% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ely is 20% lower than the East of England and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ely Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Ely 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 Ely

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021591,275
2020591,282
2019551,186
2018521,129
2017541,175
201643921

Crime in Ely Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in Ely This Year

 ElyCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34716.0314,13016.52 3.1% safer
Bicycle Theft321.482,6703.12 111% safer
Burglary863.972,9603.46 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1175.416,5027.60 40% safer
Drugs291.341,9272.25 68% safer
Other Crime231.061,5871.86 75% safer
Other Theft1527.024,9165.75 18% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons90.426670.78 86% safer
Public Order1547.116,9928.17 15% safer
Robbery60.285890.69 146% safer
Shoplifting843.882,7933.26 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person210.975670.66 32% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1125.173,9104.57 12% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences45020.7926,21330.64 47% safer

Ely Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Soham59845.7229% safer
Whittlesey89753.4410% safer
Cambourne58956.164.9% safer
Ely1,27558.90-
Yaxley57160.071.9% more dangerous
Ramsey49761.013.5% more dangerous
St. Ives1,06862.766% more dangerous
Chatteris73565.9111% more dangerous
Littleport66266.9512% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ely

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Recent Crimes in Ely

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Witchford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nene RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near The VineyardsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Little LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Old BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cresswells LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Merivale WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wensum WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Witchford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Merivale WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stirling WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near QuaysideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High BarnsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bohemond StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Minster PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High BarnsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Althorpe CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ely Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16141616 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.52.61.5 Safer
Burglary64.23.94.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6665 Safer
Drugs0.741.21.71.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.11.21.1 Getting worse
Other Theft7867 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.550.420.42 Getting worse
Public Order3.64.177 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.230.550.28 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.64.73.73.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.921.71.40.97 Safer
Vehicle Crime53.54.35 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15182121 Getting worse

Changes In Ely's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Ely to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Ely58.90-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0535% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6455% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Ely's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Ely47739Second
South Ely79886First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%-52%+4%+4%-3%+17%+39%+184%+43%+93%
Bicycle Theft---67%+150%-+133%+29%+300%+1,200%-
Burglary---78%-27%+22%+50%+22%-50%+50%-55%
Criminal Damage and Arson+15%-47%--20%+83%-44%-63%+27%+167%+31%
Drugs+200%-+300%-33%-+50%-50%+200%+50%-
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%
Robbery----+100%--+100%--
Shoplifting+17%+70%-30%-91%+500%-40%-71%+13%+200%-67%
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 5 safest 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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