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Crime and Safety in Whitehaven, Cumbria

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Whitehaven is the most dangerous small town in Cumbria, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Whitehaven in 2021 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Whitehaven is the 113rd most dangerous small town, and the 772nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Whitehaven had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for robbery, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Whitehaven residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.17 per 1,000 residents. Whitehaven recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during September 2018, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for theft from the person in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Whitehaven are violence and sexual offences, with 1,088 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 940 offences and a difference of 6.40 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Whitehaven's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 60% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Whitehaven 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Cumbria

43% higher, regional crime rate

North West

19% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Whitehaven is 43% higher than the North West and 19% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Whitehaven Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Whitehaven 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 Whitehaven

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021902,080
2020821,897
2019992,279
20181062,463
2017731,698
2016701,629

Crime in Whitehaven Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Whitehaven This Year

 WhitehavenCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50621.888,16916.34 25% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft50.221930.39 77% safer
Burglary552.381,3792.76 16% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson28312.244,6519.30 24% more dangerous
Drugs532.291,0332.07 10% more dangerous
Other Crime351.516401.28 15% more dangerous
Other Theft923.982,3774.75 19% safer
Possession of Weapons130.562320.46 18% more dangerous
Public Order26911.634,3328.66 26% more dangerous
Robbery70.301460.29 3.3% more dangerous
Shoplifting1406.051,6153.23 47% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.22920.18 18% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime351.517291.46 3.3% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,08847.0416,89333.79 28% more dangerous

Whitehaven Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Windermere48259.5651% safer
Ulverston75864.7339% safer
Egremont55671.5826% safer
Penrith1,16173.1123% safer
Maryport92381.7510% safer
Whitehaven2,08089.93-

Crime Over Time in Whitehaven

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Recent Crimes in Whitehaven

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Lowther StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Horsfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Copeland AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meadow ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ravenhill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lawson CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Homewood HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coach RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanley ViewAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pillar RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Pow AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Duke StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The CrestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Inkerman TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near College StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Catherine StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Scotch StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Copeland AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Whitehaven Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30202322 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.170.220.350.22 Getting worse
Burglary53.93.32.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15121212 Safer
Drugs2.52.12.82.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.60.611.5 Getting worse
Other Theft764.54.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.820.780.350.56 Safer
Public Order10121112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.350.430.520.30 Getting worse
Shoplifting1264.46 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.950.300.300.22 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.21.61.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences48514147 Getting worse

Changes In Whitehaven's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Whitehaven to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93125% safer
Birmingham49.6081% safer
Barnet67.0834% safer
Croydon82.489% safer
Whitehaven89.93-
Sheffield90.030.11% more dangerous
Bristol90.520.65% more dangerous
Leicester111.5919% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Whitehaven's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hensingham, Hillcrest & Aikbank49550Second
Whitehaven Harbour & Corkickle1,012191First

Crime in Whitehaven During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Whitehaven change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Whitehaven saw a 600% increase in vehicle crime. Whitehaven saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Whitehaven's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+83%+85%-27%+65%+28%+47%+15%-14%+18%
Bicycle Theft----50%------
Burglary-50%-78%-+14%+167%+13%+40%-50%-29%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-25%-54%+15%-4%-12%-36%-23%-45%+50%
Drugs-75%-+167%--40%+400%-+25%--
Other Crime----+200%-33%-50%--75%-67%
Other Theft+30%-67%-82%-44%-25%-20%+50%-35%-71%+29%
Possession of Weapons-----+100%--50%--
Public Order+19%-29%-33%-28%+41%+84%-29%-45%-52%-58%
Robbery---+100%------
Shoplifting+50%--89%-43%-50%+71%-40%-24%-58%-21%
Theft From the Person-----+100%--50%--
Vehicle Crime---+200%+400%-+600%-75%+200%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-41%-11%-17%+29%-5%-29%-22%-48%-50%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Whitehaven

What police force serves Whitehaven?
Whitehaven's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.

How dangerous is Whitehaven?
Whitehaven is the most dangerous small town in Cumbria.

What is Whitehaven's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Whitehaven are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Whitehaven?
Whitehaven's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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