Crime and Safety in Cookstown

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Cookstown is the second safest small towns in Tyrone, and is among the top 5 safest overall out of Tyrone's 15 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Cookstown in 2021 was 55 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Tyrone's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Tyrone rate of 61 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Cookstown is the 405th safest small town, and the 2,689th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Cookstown had the worst crime rate in Tyrone for criminal damage and arson, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.6 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Cookstown residents, when it was Tyrone's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Cookstown recorded 3 reports of other crime during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for other crime in Tyrone that month.

The most common crimes in Cookstown are violence and sexual offences, with 304 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 275 offences and a difference of 2.50 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Cookstown's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Cookstown 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Tyrone

17% higher, regional crime rate

Northern Ireland

38% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Cookstown is 17% higher than Northern Ireland and 38% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Cookstown Crime Rate Over Time

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Cookstown Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Cookstown represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Cookstown

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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 Behaviour47040.523,59744.66 10% safer
Bicycle Theft10.09170.21 133% safer
Burglary90.781401.74 123% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15012.9386210.70 17% more dangerous
Drugs605.174035.00 3.3% more dangerous
Other Crime161.381431.78 29% safer
Other Theft332.853424.25 49% safer
Possession of Weapons20.17560.70 312% safer
Public Order60.52470.58 12% safer
Robbery10.09140.17 89% safer
Shoplifting423.622663.30 9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.0970.090% safer
Vehicle Crime171.471061.32 10% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences30426.212,50731.13 19% safer

Cookstown Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Omagh Town1,01751.737% safer
Dungannon97367.8518% more dangerous
Strabane93570.9822% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Cookstown

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Cookstown Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour42405341 Safer
Bicycle Theft- Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12121113 Getting worse
Drugs4.34.54.65 Getting worse
Other Crime1. Safer
Other Theft4.754.82.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.520.600.17 Safer
Public Order-0.520.340.52 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) Safer
Shoplifting3.882.83.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.17-0.09 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.30.521.61.5 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences23222426 Getting worse

Changes In Cookstown's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Cookstown to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0817% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5239% more dangerous
Coventry102.2446% more dangerous
Leicester111.5950% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0655% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6457% more dangerous
Bradford132.2858% more dangerous
Leeds150.9463% 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.

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