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Crime and Safety in Cockermouth

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Cockermouth is the second safest small town in Cumbria, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cockermouth in 2021 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cockermouth is the 356th safest small town, and the 3,095th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Cockermouth had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Cockermouth are violence and sexual offences, with 252 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 189 offences and a difference of 6.91 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Cockermouth's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 400% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Cockermouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Cumbria

0.47% lower, regional crime rate

North West

43% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cockermouth is 0.47% lower than the North West and 43% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cockermouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Cockermouth represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Cockermouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202151466
202042379
201955500
201849444
201733300
201632291

Crime in Cockermouth Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Cockermouth This Year

 CockermouthCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour13114.368,16916.34 14% safer
Bicycle Theft10.111930.39 255% safer
Burglary141.541,3792.76 79% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson475.154,6519.30 81% safer
Drugs50.551,0332.07 276% safer
Other Crime50.556401.28 133% safer
Other Theft556.032,3774.75 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.112320.46 318% safer
Public Order707.684,3328.66 13% safer
Robbery10.111460.29 164% safer
Shoplifting80.881,6153.23 267% safer
Theft From the Person10.11920.18 64% safer
Vehicle Crime60.667291.46 121% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25227.6316,89333.79 22% safer

Cockermouth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dalton Town with Newton36647.368% safer
Cockermouth46651.10-
Windermere48259.5614% more dangerous
Ulverston75864.7321% more dangerous
Egremont55671.5829% more dangerous
Penrith1,16173.1130% more dangerous
Maryport92381.7537% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cockermouth

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Recent Crimes in Cockermouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Melbreak AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grassmoor AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Helens StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sullart StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Helens StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mosser AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bridge StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bellbrigg LonningUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near High Sand LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Victoria CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brackenhill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Beech LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sullart StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Station StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Mayo ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lorton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Cockermouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15101514 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.220.220.550.11 Safer
Burglary4.61.62.31.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson683.55 Safer
Drugs0.660.660.990.55 Safer
Other Crime0.770.990.880.55 Safer
Other Theft554.26 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.11-0.220.11No change
Public Order4.3768 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.330.33-0.11 Safer
Shoplifting651.50.88 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.220.110.110.11 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.41.40.660.66 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18252128 Getting worse

Changes In Cockermouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cockermouth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9328% safer
Birmingham49.603.0% safer
Cockermouth51.10-
Barnet67.0824% more dangerous
Croydon82.4838% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0343% more dangerous
Bristol90.5244% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% 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 bicycle theft.

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