St. Ives Crime Overview

St. Ives is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Cambridgeshire, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Cambridgeshire's 265 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in St. Ives in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cambridgeshire's overall crime rate, coming in 16% lower than the Cambridgeshire rate of 71 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, St. Ives is the 299th most dangerous small town, and the 1,980th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, St. Ives was the worst small town in Cambridgeshire for bicycle theft, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for St. Ives residents, when it was Cambridgeshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. St. Ives recorded 6 reports of drugs during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst small town for drugs in Cambridgeshire that month.

The most common crimes in St. Ives are violence and sexual offences, with 459 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 428 offences and a difference of 1.82 from 2019's crime rate of 25. St. Ives's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 86% from 2019's figure of 13 crimes.

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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 Behaviour27215.9815,57418.2114% safer
Bicycle Theft402.353,0773.6053% safer
Burglary472.763,8174.4662% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1036.056,9708.1535% safer
Drugs402.352,0212.360.43% safer
Other Crime211.231,4141.6534% safer
Other Theft925.414,8155.634.1% safer
Possession of Weapons100.596150.7222% safer
Public Order975.706,0327.0524% safer
Robbery70.415410.6354% safer
Shoplifting573.352,6523.107% more dangerous
Theft From the Person130.765240.6120% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime593.474,2444.9643% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45926.9724,34028.455% safer

St. Ives Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whittlesey91354.3913% safer
Bretton73656.678% safer
Orton Waterville57656.728% safer
Chatteris64157.487% safer
Ely1,28259.233.7% safer
St. Ives1,04561.41-
Soham80761.700.47% more dangerous
Ramsey50461.870.74% more dangerous
Littleport73574.3317% more dangerous
March1,75576.1219% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in St. Ives

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St. Ives Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24171716Safer
Bicycle Theft4.
Criminal Damage and Arson11876Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.10.711.21.2Getting worse
Other Theft8685Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.351.00.59Getting worse
Public Order3.63.876Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.880.650.760.41Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime3. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19192527Getting 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 2020.

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. Ives61.41-
Barnet67.719% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4437% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in St. Ives's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
St Ives North43745Second
St Ives South57278First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-5%-22%--13%+14%+35%-18%--5%-33%
Bicycle Theft-86%-67%-78%-80%-25%+1,800%+250%--50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%+20%-31%-40%-8%+17%-43%+22%-92%-55%
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%
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 5 most dangerous 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021