Crime in Essex

Essex is the 53rd safest county in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in Essex in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 25 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of Essex's larger towns and cities, Harlow is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Basildon, and Loughton comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of Essex, starting with Braintree which ranks as the safest area in Essex, followed up by Castle Point in second place, and Billericay in third place.

Crime Map of Essex

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Essex Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour36,81418.51
Bicycle Theft1,3540.68
Burglary5,6062.82
Criminal Damage and Arson11,0735.57
Drugs5,3162.67
Other Crime2,5731.29
Other Theft7,3643.70
Possession of Weapons8920.45
Public Order11,8295.95
Robbery8640.43
Shoplifting5,3452.69
Theft From the Person7080.36
Vehicle Crime8,2434.14
Violence and Sexual Offences50,64825.47

Essex's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Essex
Basildon15,5448332% more dangerous
Billericay1,1444040% safer
Braintree4,08927110% safer
Brentwood4,407571.7% more dangerous
Brightlingsea3744330% safer
Buckhurst Hill694594.6% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Crouch5046311% more dangerous
Canvey Island2,9267525% more dangerous
Castle Point2,5532899% safer
Chelmsford7,2664138% safer
Chigwell1,0377424% more dangerous
Colchester11,178572.1% more dangerous
Epping1,0028131% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,037536% safer
Great Baddow25017237% safer
Great Dunmow572551.6% safer
Halstead8236817% more dangerous
Harlow9,41010848% more dangerous
Harwich1,8819943% more dangerous
Hawkwell3793087% safer
Heybridge441529% safer
Heybridge Basin141.63328% safer
Hockley3223274% safer
Loughton2,6998231% more dangerous
Maldon9996818% more dangerous
Myland1,77211852% more dangerous
Rayleigh1,4094233% safer
Rochford8929339% more dangerous
Saffron Walden7534330% safer
South Woodham Ferrers6914330% safer
Springfield1,230594.0% more dangerous
Stanway7777222% more dangerous
Tendring7,1214916% safer
Tiptree484527% safer
Waltham Abbey2,1039440% more dangerous
Witham2,0497626% more dangerous
Wivenhoe2473181% safer

Crime Trends in Essex

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19181619Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.980.960.68Safer
Burglary54.94.12.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6676Safer
Drugs1.21.52.22.7Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.41.51.3Safer
Other Theft5653.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.800.910.620.45Safer
Public Order3.84.966Getting worse
Robbery0.530.600.640.43Safer
Shoplifting3.63.94.02.7Safer
Theft From the Person0.600.620.540.36Safer
Vehicle Crime5664.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17222725Getting worse

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021