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Crime and Safety in Windermere

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Windermere is the third safest small town in Cumbria, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Windermere in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Windermere is the 361st most dangerous small town, and the 2,235th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Windermere was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Windermere residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Windermere recorded 9 reports of burglary during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Windermere are violence and sexual offences, with 236 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 1.3% higher than 2020's figure of 233 offences and a difference of 0.37 from 2020's crime rate of 29. Windermere's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Windermere 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Cumbria

14% higher, regional crime rate

North West

22% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Windermere is 14% higher than the North West and 22% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Windermere Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Windermere 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 Windermere

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202160482
202059475
201986697
201864518
201760486
201661490

Crime in Windermere Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Windermere This Year

 WindermereCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21826.948,16916.34 39% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.121930.39 225% safer
Burglary354.321,3792.76 36% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson485.934,6519.30 57% safer
Drugs212.591,0332.07 20% more dangerous
Other Crime80.996401.28 29% safer
Other Theft526.432,3774.75 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.372320.46 24% safer
Public Order516.304,3328.66 37% safer
Robbery10.121460.29 142% safer
Shoplifting182.221,6153.23 45% safer
Theft From the Person30.37920.18 51% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime50.627291.46 135% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23629.1616,89333.79 16% safer

Windermere Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dalton Town with Newton36647.3626% safer
Cockermouth46651.1017% safer
Windermere48259.56-
Ulverston75864.738% more dangerous
Egremont55671.5817% more dangerous
Penrith1,16173.1119% more dangerous
Maryport92381.7527% more dangerous
Whitehaven2,08089.9334% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Windermere

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Recent Crimes in Windermere

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near A592Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Crescent RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Havelock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Upper Oak StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S ParkUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Havelock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A5074Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elleray RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A592Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elleray RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hazel StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Havelock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Windermere Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18143027 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.370.120.12 Safer
Burglary4.082.84.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131286 Safer
Drugs3.74.82.72.6 Safer
Other Crime0.991.71.20.99 Safer
Other Theft994.36 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.120.740.37 Getting worse
Public Order3.64.976 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.490.120.12 Safer
Shoplifting3.74.01.82.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.740.120.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.44.10.860.62 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23362929 Getting worse

Changes In Windermere's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Windermere to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9349% safer
Birmingham49.6020% safer
Windermere59.56-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0334% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+133%+390%+143%+92%+100%+100%+250%+125%+78%
Burglary+33%-50%-82%-67%-67%-75%-50%--80%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-71%-73%-81%-67%-14%+100%+13%-10%-44%+33%
Drugs-67%--50%-60%-75%+300%-50%-67%-50%-
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%-
Shoplifting--50%-50%--67%-----
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 the third safest small town 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.

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