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Crime and Safety in Cowes

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Cowes is the safest small town in the Isle of Wight, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of the Isle of Wight's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cowes in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than the Isle of Wight rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cowes is the 375th safest small town, and the 2,983rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Cowes had the worst crime rate in the Isle of Wight for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2021 was also a bad month for Cowes residents, when it was the Isle of Wight's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Cowes recorded 1 report of theft from the person during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst for theft from the person in the Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 316 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 291 offences and a difference of 2.34 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Cowes's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Cowes 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, The Isle of Wight

38% lower, regional crime rate

South East

40% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cowes is 38% lower than the South East and 40% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cowes Crime Rate Over Time

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Cowes Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cowes 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 Cowes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202152557
202051547
201958616
201851547
201752553
201642450

Crime in Cowes Compared To Isle of Wight

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Summary of Crimes in Cowes This Year

 CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11110.391,93613.69 32% safer
Bicycle Theft30.28500.35 25% safer
Burglary90.842751.94 131% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson615.711,1187.90 38% safer
Drugs242.254453.15 40% safer
Other Crime80.751761.24 65% safer
Other Theft363.376844.84 44% safer
Possession of Weapons40.371340.95 157% safer
Public Order706.551,63611.57 77% safer
Shoplifting80.752892.04 172% safer
Theft From the Person20.19520.37 95% safer
Vehicle Crime161.501911.35 10% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences31629.575,54139.17 32% safer

Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cowes55752.11-
East Cowes46957.309% more dangerous
Shanklin68574.4430% more dangerous
Ryde2,11585.1239% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cowes

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Recent Crimes in Cowes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Pelham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Park CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Arctic RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ward AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grove RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near Langley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Brooklands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Debourne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Cross StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Cross StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shamblers RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Egypt HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sun HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shamblers RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fairlead RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robinsons CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shamblers RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour7101110 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.370.471.10.28 Safer
Burglary2.41.51.70.84 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson874.06 Safer
Drugs1.92.22.42.2 Getting worse
Other Crime0.941.30.840.75 Safer
Other Theft563.13.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.191.00.37 Safer
Public Order4.6667 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.32.71.80.75 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.190.470.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.840.841.61.5 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23292730 Getting worse

Changes In Cowes's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9331% safer
Birmingham49.605% safer
Cowes52.11-
Barnet67.0822% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0342% more dangerous
Bristol90.5242% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9465% more dangerous

Crime in Cowes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cowes Central56472First

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 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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