Windermere Crime Overview

Windermere is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cumbria, and is the 41st most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 287 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Windermere in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 13% lower than the Cumbria rate of 66 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Windermere is the 336th most dangerous small town, and the 2,205th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Windermere was the worst small town in Cumbria for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Windermere residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Windermere recorded 3 reports of vehicle crime during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Windermere are violence and sexual offences, with 233 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 25% lower than 2019's figure of 291 offences and a difference of 7.17 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Windermere's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Windermere Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Windermere This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24530.279,79919.6035% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.122070.41242% safer
Burglary232.841,6453.2916% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson647.914,7279.4519% safer
Drugs222.721,0222.0425% more dangerous
Other Crime101.246551.316% safer
Other Theft354.322,2014.401.9% safer
Possession of Weapons60.742560.5131% more dangerous
Public Order577.044,1438.2918% safer
Robbery10.121100.2283% safer
Shoplifting151.851,6083.2274% safer
Theft From the Person10.12880.1850% safer
Vehicle Crime70.868081.6288% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23328.7915,74731.499% safer

Windermere Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ulverston47440.4745% safer
Cockermouth37941.5641% safer
Dalton Town with Newton36747.4924% safer
Penrith1,05866.6212% more dangerous
Maryport90079.7126% more dangerous
Whitehaven1,89782.0228% more dangerous
Egremont65384.0630% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Windermere

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Windermere Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour22181430Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.620.370.12Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1013128Safer
Other Crime3.50.991.71.2Safer
Other Theft10994.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.490.120.74Getting worse
Public Order2.13.64.97Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.25-0.490.12Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.740.740.12Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences19233629Getting worse

Changes In Windermere's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Windermere to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Windermere During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Windermere change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Windermere saw a 390% increase in anti-social behaviour. Windermere saw a large fall in other theft during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+133%+390%+143%+92%+100%+100%+250%+125%+78%
Criminal Damage and Arson-71%-73%-81%-67%-14%+100%+13%-10%-44%+33%
Other Crime----+100%-50%----
Other Theft-38%-75%-60%-86%---83%-73%--50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+167%-+200%+25%-50%-+14%+200%-63%-
Vehicle Crime----50%--67%----
Violence and Sexual Offences-62%-54%-55%+35%-44%-24%+55%+63%-35%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Windermere

What police force serves Windermere?
Windermere's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.
How dangerous is Windermere?
Windermere is among the top 5 safest small towns in Cumbria.
What is Windermere's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Windermere are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Windermere?
Windermere's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021