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Crime and Safety in East Cowes

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East 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 East Cowes in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to the Isle of Wight's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the Isle of Wight rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Cowes is the 388th most dangerous small town, and the 2,421st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, East Cowes had the worst crime rate in the Isle of Wight for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for East Cowes residents, when it was the Isle of Wight's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. East Cowes recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for possession of weapons in the Isle of Wight that month.

The most common crimes in East Cowes are violence and sexual offences, with 275 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 246 offences and a difference of 3.55 from 2020's crime rate of 30. East Cowes's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021.

East Cowes 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, The Isle of Wight

25% lower, regional crime rate

South East

27% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in East Cowes is 25% lower than the South East and 27% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

East Cowes Crime Rate Over Time

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East Cowes Crime Map

Incidents mapped in East 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 East Cowes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202157469
202049399
201949400
201850410
201748396
201639316

Crime in East Cowes Compared To Isle of Wight

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Summary of Crimes in East Cowes This Year

 East CowesIsle of Wight 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8810.751,93613.69 27% safer
Bicycle Theft20.24500.35 46% safer
Burglary141.712751.94 13% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson384.641,1187.90 70% safer
Drugs172.084453.15 51% safer
Other Crime131.591761.24 22% more dangerous
Other Theft263.186844.84 52% safer
Possession of Weapons50.611340.95 56% safer
Public Order678.191,63611.57 41% safer
Robbery20.24470.33 38% safer
Shoplifting40.492892.04 316% safer
Vehicle Crime60.731911.35 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27533.605,54139.17 17% safer

East Cowes Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cowes55752.1110% safer
East Cowes46957.30-
Shanklin68574.4423% more dangerous
Ryde2,11585.1233% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Cowes

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Recent Crimes in East Cowes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Queens GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Princess CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church PathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Haven CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Albany RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Minerva RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kings RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022DrugsOn or near Castle StreetLocal resolution
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church PathUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pump House LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Yarborough RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cavalier QuayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church PathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near St Thomas RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yarborough RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Crossways RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The MeadowUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Public orderOn or near Britannia WayOffender given a caution

East Cowes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour4.8111211 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.240.73-0.24 Safer
Burglary1.72.12.21.7No change
Criminal Damage and Arson9554.6 Safer
Drugs1.11.20.862.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.240.860.241.6 Getting worse
Other Theft4.42.82.63.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.860.610.61 Getting worse
Public Order3.24.968 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.120.120.24 Getting worse
Shoplifting1.31.10.240.49 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.52.20.490.73 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26273034 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing East Cowes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9344% safer
Birmingham49.6016% safer
East Cowes57.30-
Barnet67.0815% more dangerous
Croydon82.4831% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0336% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% 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 second 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 bicycle theft.

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