Cockermouth Crime Overview

Cockermouth is the second safest small town in Cumbria, and is the 81st most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 287 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cockermouth in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 60% lower than the Cumbria rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cockermouth is the 273rd safest small town, and the 4,146th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Cockermouth was the worst small town in Cumbria for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.44 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Cockermouth residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Cockermouth recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Cockermouth are violence and sexual offences, with 189 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 20% lower than 2019's figure of 226 offences and a difference of 4.06 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Cockermouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

Compare Cockermouth to other towns and cities

See how Cockermouth shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Cockermouth and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Cockermouth Compared To Cumbria

Summary of Crimes in Cockermouth This Year

 CockermouthCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13414.699,79919.6033% safer
Bicycle Theft50.552070.4125% more dangerous
Burglary212.301,6453.2943% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson323.514,7279.45169% safer
Drugs90.991,0222.04106% safer
Other Crime80.886551.3149% safer
Other Theft384.172,2014.406% safer
Possession of Weapons20.222560.51132% safer
Public Order545.924,1438.2940% safer
Shoplifting141.541,6083.22109% safer
Theft From the Person10.11880.1864% safer
Vehicle Crime60.668081.62145% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18920.7215,74731.4952% safer

Cockermouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ulverston47440.472.7% safer
Cockermouth37941.56-
Dalton Town with Newton36747.4912% more dangerous
Windermere47558.6929% more dangerous
Penrith1,05866.6238% more dangerous
Maryport90079.7148% more dangerous
Whitehaven1,89782.0249% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cockermouth

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Cockermouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16151015Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.220.220.55Getting worse
Burglary2.54.61.62.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6683.5Safer
Drugs0.440.660.660.99Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.770.990.88Safer
Other Theft4.3554.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.11-0.22Getting worse
Public Order1.94.376Getting worse
Shoplifting3.6651.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.330.220.110.11Safer
Vehicle Crime0.992.41.40.66Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12182521Getting worse

Changes In Cockermouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cockermouth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cockermouth41.56-
Barnet67.7139% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8152% more dangerous
Bristol86.2152% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8760% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1070% more dangerous

Crime in Cockermouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cockermouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Cockermouth saw a 300% increase in other theft. Cockermouth saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-64%+8%+100%+250%+275%+117%+140%-40%-56%+143%
Bicycle Theft----+200%-----
Burglary-+33%---+200%----
Criminal Damage and Arson-88%--50%--71%-33%-50%-63%-71%-67%
Drugs--+100%------50%-
Other Crime--------50%--
Other Theft-60%-33%--86%-+50%-67%+300%-60%+33%
Public Order-29%-25%+25%+200%-22%-80%+100%--57%-50%
Shoplifting-67%---50%---50%--80%-50%
Vehicle Crime----------
Violence and Sexual Offences-48%+11%+14%-32%+5%+33%+100%-69%-38%-61%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cockermouth

What police force serves Cockermouth?
Cockermouth's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.
How dangerous is Cockermouth?
Cockermouth is the second safest small town in Cumbria.
What is Cockermouth's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cockermouth are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cockermouth?
Cockermouth's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021