Cowes Crime Overview

Cowes is the second safest small town in the Isle of Wight, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the Isle of Wight's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cowes in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the Isle of Wight rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cowes is the 419th safest small town, and the 2,916th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Cowes had the worst crime rate in the Isle of Wight for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Cowes residents, when it was the Isle of Wight's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Cowes recorded 2 reports of robbery during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for robbery in the Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 291 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 310 offences and a difference of 1.77 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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Crime in Cowes Compared To Isle of Wight

Summary of Crimes in Cowes This Year

 CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11710.952,51617.7962% safer
Bicycle Theft121.12420.3073% more dangerous
Burglary181.683212.2735% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson434.021,0557.4686% safer
Drugs262.434583.2433% safer
Other Crime90.842181.5483% safer
Other Theft333.096024.2638% safer
Possession of Weapons111.031250.8815% more dangerous
Public Order605.611,2809.0561% safer
Robbery30.28400.280% safer
Shoplifting191.783572.5242% safer
Theft From the Person50.47420.3036% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime171.592181.543.1% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences29127.234,80433.9625% safer

Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes39948.755.0% safer
Cowes54751.18-
Shanklin64670.2027% more dangerous
Ryde2,10284.6040% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cowes

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Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1671011Safer
Bicycle Theft0.840.370.471.1Getting worse
Burglary2.22.41.51.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7874.0Safer
Drugs2.21.92.22.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.941.30.84Safer
Other Theft5563.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.840.191.0Getting worse
Public Order64.666Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.281.00.28Safer
Shoplifting1.82.32.71.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.280.190.47Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.60.840.841.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences22232927Getting worse

Changes In Cowes's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Cowes51.18-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Cowes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cowes Central50664First

Crime in Cowes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cowes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Cowes saw a 650% increase in anti-social behaviour. Cowes saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+650%--8%+22%-21%-+29%-57%+20%-
Bicycle Theft--+300%---+100%---
Burglary--+100%-+100%-67%-67%-50%+200%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-71%--80%+50%--82%-40%-50%-60%+80%
Drugs+100%--+100%+150%-71%-+200%+100%+100%
Other Crime------33%---50%-
Other Theft+200%-83%+67%-67%-20%-38%-60%-22%-80%-
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
Public Order-29%-57%-11%+33%+200%-60%-33%+50%-33%-
Shoplifting+100%-67%----75%+100%-83%+33%-
Vehicle Crime---+100%------
Violence and Sexual Offences-28%-10%+18%+59%+70%-54%+30%-15%+13%-14%

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 the 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 (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021