Cowes Crime Overview

Cowes is the second safest small town in Isle of Wight, and the among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Isle of Wight's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cowes in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than Isle of Wight's rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Cowes ranks as the the 342nd safest small town, and the the 2,848th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Cowes had the worst crime rate in Isle of Wight for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Cowes residents, when it was Isle of Wight's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Cowes recorded 1 report of theft from the person during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for theft from the person in Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 14% lower than 2019's figure of 310 offences and a difference of 3.55 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Cowes's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 267% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Cowes This Year

 CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour10910.202,40316.9566% safer
Bicycle Theft121.12410.2974% more dangerous
Burglary181.683012.1226% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson343.189656.81114% safer
Drugs242.254313.0435% safer
Other Crime80.752061.4593% safer
Other Theft333.095603.9528% safer
Possession of Weapons111.031220.8617% more dangerous
Public Order585.431,2028.4856% safer
Robbery30.28390.280% safer
Shoplifting151.403452.4374% safer
Theft From the Person50.47360.2547% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime171.592071.468% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences27225.454,42631.2223% safer

Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes35543.3710% safer
Cowes51047.72-
Shanklin59965.0927% more dangerous
Ryde1,96379.0040% more dangerous

Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1671010Safer
Bicycle Theft0.840.370.471.1Getting worse
Burglary2.22.41.51.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7873.2Safer
Drugs2.21.92.22.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.941.30.75Safer
Other Theft5563.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.840.191.0Getting worse
Public Order64.665Safer
Robbery0.190.281.00.28Safer
Shoplifting1.82.32.71.4Safer
Theft From the Person0.370.280.190.47Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.60.840.841.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences22232925Getting worse

Comparing Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Cowes47.72-
Coventry71.5033% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9936% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2336% more dangerous
Croydon77.1838% more dangerous
Bradford79.1940% more dangerous
London80.7041% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0246% more dangerous
Bristol91.5748% more dangerous
Leeds91.9048% more dangerous
Leicester102.5153% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9455% more dangerous

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cowes

What police force serves Cowes?
Cowes's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Cowes?
Cowes is the second safest small town in Isle of Wight.
What is Cowes's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cowes are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cowes?
Cowes's least common crime is robbery.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021