East Cowes Crime Overview

East Cowes is the safest small town in Isle of Wight, and the among the top 20 safest overall out of Isle of Wight's 33 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Cowes in 2020 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 44% lower than Isle of Wight's rate of 63 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, East Cowes ranks as the the 288th safest small town, and the the 3,343rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2019, East Cowes had the worst crime rate in 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 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 Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in East Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 213 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 3.3% lower than 2019's figure of 220 offences and a difference of 0.86 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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Summary of Crimes in East Cowes This Year

 East CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9711.852,40316.9543% safer
Burglary172.083012.121.9% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson394.769656.8143% safer
Drugs60.734313.04316% safer
Other Crime20.242061.45504% safer
Other Theft182.205603.9580% safer
Possession of Weapons40.491220.8676% safer
Public Order485.861,2028.4845% safer
Robbery10.12390.28133% safer
Shoplifting20.243452.43912% safer
Theft From the Person10.12360.25108% safer
Vehicle Crime40.492071.46198% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21326.024,42631.2220% safer

East Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes35543.37-
Cowes51047.729% more dangerous
Shanklin59965.0933% more dangerous
Ryde1,96379.0045% more dangerous

East Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour194.81112Getting worse
Burglary1.31.72.12.1Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson12954.8Safer
Drugs1.21.11.20.73Safer
Other Crime1.80.240.860.24Safer
Other Theft2.84.42.82.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.610.860.49Safer
Public Order4.93.24.96Getting worse
Robbery-0.120.120.12No change
Shoplifting3.31.31.10.24Safer
Theft From the Person0.370.37-0.12Safer
Vehicle Crime2.11.52.20.49Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18262726Getting worse

Comparing East Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownsCrime RateRate Difference
East Cowes43.37-
Coventry71.5039% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9941% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2342% more dangerous
Croydon77.1844% more dangerous
Bradford79.1945% more dangerous
London80.7046% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0251% more dangerous
Bristol91.5753% more dangerous
Leeds91.9053% more dangerous
Leicester102.5158% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9459% more dangerous

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 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.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021