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Crime and Safety in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

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St. Ives is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 262 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St. Ives in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 73 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St. Ives is the 327th most dangerous small town, and the 2,008th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, St. Ives was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for St. Ives residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. St. Ives recorded 4 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in St. Ives are violence and sexual offences, with 490 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 459 offences and a difference of 1.82 from 2020's crime rate of 27. St. Ives's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 225% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

St. Ives 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Cambridgeshire

12% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

22% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in St. Ives is 12% lower than the East of England and 22% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

St. Ives Crime Rate Over Time

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St. Ives Crime Map

Incidents mapped in St. Ives 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 St. Ives

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021631,068
2020611,045
2019681,149
201857972
2017661,119
201648811

Crime in St. Ives Compared To Cambridgeshire

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Summary of Crimes in St. Ives This Year

 St. IvesCambridgeshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25514.9814,13016.52 10% safer
Bicycle Theft342.002,6703.12 56% safer
Burglary412.412,9603.46 44% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1247.296,5027.60 4.3% safer
Drugs301.761,9272.25 28% safer
Other Crime201.181,5871.86 58% safer
Other Theft1076.294,9165.75 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.596670.78 32% safer
Public Order985.766,9928.17 42% safer
Robbery50.295890.69 138% safer
Shoplifting402.352,7933.26 39% safer
Theft From the Person40.245670.66 175% safer
Vehicle Crime653.823,9104.57 20% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49028.7926,21330.64 6% safer

St. Ives Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whittlesey89753.4417% safer
Cambourne58956.1612% safer
Ely1,27558.907% safer
Yaxley57160.074.5% safer
Ramsey49761.012.9% safer
St. Ives1,06862.76-
Chatteris73565.914.8% more dangerous
Littleport66266.956% more dangerous
Hampton Hargate and Vale1,02272.7414% more dangerous
March1,76076.3418% more dangerous
Orton Longueville89282.7724% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St. Ives

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Recent Crimes in St. Ives

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022DrugsOn or near Laburnum WayLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Willow WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Crown MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Constable RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lowry CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oliver RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A1123Unable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cam CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HurstingstoneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Houghton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Church StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Cromwell PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near The PavementInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Burrel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Audley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Needingworth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

St. Ives Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17171615 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.52.82.42.0 Safer
Burglary54.82.82.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8767 Safer
Drugs1.51.92.41.8 Getting worse
Other Crime0.711.21.21.2 Getting worse
Other Theft6856 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.351.00.590.59 Getting worse
Public Order3.8766 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.760.410.29 Safer
Shoplifting3.94.13.42.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.80.530.760.24 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.63.33.53.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19252729 Getting 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 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St Ives Rugby Club-----20.29

Comparing St. Ives to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
St. Ives62.76-
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4824% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5231% more dangerous
Coventry102.2439% more dangerous
Leicester111.5944% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6452% more dangerous
Bradford132.2853% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in St. Ives's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Ives North47849Second
St Ives South54074First

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 August, when St. Ives saw a 1,800% increase in bicycle theft. St. Ives saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%-22%--13%+14%+35%-18%--5%-33%
Bicycle Theft-86%-67%-78%-80%-25%+1,800%+250%--50%-
Burglary-56%-60%--33%-40%+20%--67%-75%-63%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%+20%-31%-40%-8%+17%-43%+22%-92%-55%
Drugs+100%-+33%-+133%-+100%-75%--67%
Other Crime-67%-+300%-+50%-60%-+100%-+300%
Other Theft-71%-14%--31%+80%-56%-9%-60%-40%-
Possession of Weapons+200%---------
Public Order+40%-56%+10%-13%-50%-25%+11%+60%--43%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-71%-90%+67%-25%+200%+233%-43%+133%-80%-67%
Theft From the Person---50%-----+100%+100%
Vehicle Crime+275%-75%-25%+150%-14%-67%+200%+67%-25%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-14%-5%+48%-39%+52%+7%+30%-19%+64%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in St. Ives

What police force serves St. Ives?
St. Ives's local territorial police force is the Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is St. Ives?
St. Ives is among the top 10 safest small towns in Cambridgeshire.

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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