Cookstown Crime Overview

Cookstown is the second safest small town in Tyrone, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Tyrone's 15 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cookstown in 2020 was 53 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyrone's overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Tyrone rate of 57 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cookstown is the 398th most dangerous small town, and the 2,661st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Cookstown had the worst crime rate in Tyrone for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.34 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Cookstown residents, when it was Tyrone's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Cookstown recorded 15 reports of criminal damage and arson during June 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Tyrone that month.

The most common crimes in Cookstown are violence and sexual offences, with 275 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 259 offences and a difference of 1.38 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Cookstown's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Cookstown Compared To Tyrone

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Summary of Crimes in Cookstown This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61452.944,04050.165% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.17220.2759% safer
Burglary231.982032.5227% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12911.1292211.453.0% safer
Drugs534.573464.306% more dangerous
Other Crime181.551511.8721% safer
Other Theft564.833173.9418% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.60470.583.3% more dangerous
Public Order40.34560.70106% safer
Robbery20.17180.2229% safer
Shoplifting332.852973.6929% safer
Vehicle Crime181.551061.3215% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences27523.712,09225.9810% safer

Cookstown Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Omagh Town1,01951.833.1% safer
Strabane84964.4517% more dangerous
Dungannon98568.6922% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cookstown

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Cookstown Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour47424053Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.34-0.260.17Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121211Safer
Drugs4. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft64.754.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.690.780.520.60Safer
Public Order0.34-0.520.34Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)- change
Vehicle Crime1.01.30.521.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26232224Safer

Changes In Cookstown's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cookstown to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7121% more dangerous
Coventry77.4131% more dangerous
Croydon83.2236% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8138% more dangerous
Bristol86.2138% more dangerous
Leicester97.4445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8748% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2850% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Cookstown During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Cookstown change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Cookstown saw a 300% increase in burglary. Cookstown saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 94% compared to November in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+63%+204%-7%+6%+49%+91%+18%+3%+66%
Criminal Damage and Arson--67%-38%+7%-6%+40%+100%+88%-36%+10%
Other Crime-----67%---33%-75%-40%
Other Theft-50%-33%+33%+50%-50%+33%+33%+40%-20%-
Possession of Weapons----------
Vehicle Crime+100%------+100%+300%-
Violence and Sexual Offences--19%+35%-13%-21%+41%-4%+9%+43%+3%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Cookstown

What police force serves Cookstown?
Cookstown's local territorial police force is the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
How dangerous is Cookstown?
Cookstown is the second safest small town in Tyrone.
What is Cookstown's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Cookstown are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Cookstown?
Cookstown's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021