East Cowes Crime Overview

East Cowes is the 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 East Cowes in 2020 was 49 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than the Isle of Wight rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Cowes is the 384th safest small town, and the 3,202nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2019, East Cowes had the worst crime rate in the Isle of Wight for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for East Cowes residents, when it was the Isle of Wight's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.98 per 1,000 residents. East Cowes recorded 1 report of robbery during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for robbery in the Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in East Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 246 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 220 offences and a difference of 3.17 from 2019's crime rate of 27. East Cowes's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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

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Crime in East Cowes Compared To Isle of Wight

Summary of Crimes in East Cowes This Year

 East CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9811.972,51617.7949% safer
Burglary182.203212.273.2% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson415.011,0557.4649% safer
Drugs70.864583.24277% safer
Other Crime20.242181.54542% safer
Other Theft212.576024.2666% safer
Possession of Weapons50.611250.8844% safer
Public Order516.231,2809.0545% safer
Robbery10.12400.28133% safer
Shoplifting20.243572.52950% safer
Theft From the Person10.12420.30150% safer
Vehicle Crime40.492181.54214% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24630.054,80433.9613% safer

East Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes39948.75-
Cowes54751.184.7% more dangerous
Shanklin64670.2031% more dangerous
Ryde2,10284.6042% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Cowes

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East Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour194.81112Getting worse
Burglary1.31.72.12.2Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson12955Safer
Drugs1.21.11.20.86Safer
Other Crime1.80.240.860.24Safer
Other Theft2.84.42.82.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.610.860.61Getting worse
Public Order4.93.24.96Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.120.12No change
Shoplifting3.31.31.10.24Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.37-0.12Safer
Vehicle Crime2.11.52.20.49Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18262730Getting worse

Changes In East Cowes's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in East Cowes's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Jubilee Recreation Ground1----00.50

Comparing East Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes48.75-
Barnet67.7128% more dangerous
Coventry77.4137% more dangerous
Croydon83.2241% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8143% more dangerous
Bristol86.2143% more dangerous
Leicester97.4450% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8753% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in East Cowes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in East Cowes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when East Cowes saw a 600% increase in criminal damage and arson. East Cowes saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 88% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+25%-57%+117%-20%+11%-19%-+11%+57%-75%
Burglary--+50%-+100%----88%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-60%-+67%--60%+50%+600%-33%-50%+100%
Drugs----------
Other Theft--+33%+100%-----67%-25%
Possession of Weapons---+200%------
Public Order-+33%--75%+133%+67%+25%+25%+100%+200%
Shoplifting-------50%---
Vehicle Crime-----+100%----
Violence and Sexual Offences+11%--32%+57%-13%+46%+56%+5%-+106%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in East Cowes

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021