Cottingham Crime Overview

Cottingham is the third most dangerous small town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the East Riding of Yorkshire's 172 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cottingham in 2020 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the East Riding of Yorkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the East Riding of Yorkshire rate of 83 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cottingham is the 250th most dangerous small town, and the 1,724th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Cottingham was the worst small town in the East Riding of Yorkshire for burglary, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Cottingham residents, when it was the East Riding of Yorkshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Cottingham recorded 17 reports of criminal damage and arson during June 2020, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in the East Riding of Yorkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Cottingham are violence and sexual offences, with 320 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 342 offences and a difference of 1.29 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Cottingham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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

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Crime in Cottingham Compared To East Riding of Yorkshire

Summary of Crimes in Cottingham This Year

 CottinghamEast Riding of Yorkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25314.8210,37217.2616% safer
Bicycle Theft120.706661.1159% safer
Burglary19211.253,5865.9747% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1478.616,08110.1218% safer
Drugs140.829541.5994% safer
Other Crime80.471,3272.21370% safer
Other Theft895.223,4895.8111% safer
Possession of Weapons60.353010.5043% safer
Public Order1378.036,54710.9036% safer
Robbery50.293560.59103% safer
Shoplifting1106.453,6516.086% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.121910.32167% safer
Vehicle Crime724.222,0343.3920% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences32018.7520,58034.2583% safer

Cottingham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Anlaby with Anlaby Common33132.36102% safer
Pocklington37839.9264% safer
Driffield55542.3154% safer
Hornsea41547.2038% safer
Hessle87757.7713% safer
Cottingham1,11465.28-
Goole1,67279.2218% more dangerous
Beverley1,61286.2024% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cottingham

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Cottingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13151615Safer
Bicycle Theft2.24.22.00.70Safer
Burglary129811Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson1010119Safer
Drugs0.290.350.230.82Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.21.00.47Safer
Other Theft84.94.95Safer
Possession of Weapons0.120.120.060.35Getting worse
Public Order1.83.658Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.180.470.470.29Safer
Shoplifting4.810106Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.230.230.12Safer
Vehicle Crime64.764.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14212019Getting worse

Changes In Cottingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Cottingham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Cottingham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Fields8-21742.5

Comparing Cottingham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cottingham65.28-
Barnet67.713.6% more dangerous
Coventry77.4116% more dangerous
Croydon83.2222% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8124% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8737% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% more dangerous

Crime in Cottingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cottingham East55277First

Crime in Cottingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cottingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Cottingham saw a 533% increase in other theft. Cottingham saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 80% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%-44%+75%+89%-20%+4%-58%-45%+50%-
Bicycle Theft-80%-50%------67%--
Burglary+144%+40%+286%+83%-27%+157%+175%+57%-7%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%+14%-22%+55%-44%-6%+44%-40%+5%-
Drugs-+200%------+400%-
Other Crime-67%-33%---+100%----
Other Theft-22%-33%+533%+200%-15%+75%+100%-60%-20%-
Public Order+20%+220%+80%+143%-11%+100%+89%+10%+77%-
Robbery--50%--------
Shoplifting-55%-67%-50%-39%-19%-21%--54%-12%-
Theft From the Person-----+100%----
Vehicle Crime-22%+14%-73%-33%-42%-63%-36%+133%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%-23%-39%-21%-10%-29%+42%+59%+96%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cottingham

What police force serves Cottingham?
Cottingham's local territorial police force is the Humberside Police.
How dangerous is Cottingham?
Cottingham is the third most dangerous small town in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
What is Cottingham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cottingham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cottingham?
Cottingham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021