Basildon Crime Overview

Basildon is the most dangerous major town in Essex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Basildon in 2020 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Basildon is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 253rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Basildon had the worst crime rate in Essex for drugs, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.62 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Basildon residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Basildon recorded 30 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst for other crime in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Basildon are violence and sexual offences, with 6,714 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 6,238 offences and a difference of 4.04 from 2019's crime rate of 53. Basildon's least common crime is theft from the person, with 106 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 41% from 2019's figure of 149 crimes.

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Crime in Basildon Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Basildon This Year

 BasildonEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,17435.4749,41426.7625% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1291.101,8671.018% more dangerous
Burglary6015.117,1213.8624% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,36211.5714,0377.6034% more dangerous
Drugs8337.086,4523.4951% more dangerous
Other Crime3282.793,2051.7438% more dangerous
Other Theft8066.859,4275.1026% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1381.171,1960.6544% more dangerous
Public Order1,47212.5115,0938.1735% more dangerous
Robbery1641.391,2270.6653% more dangerous
Shoplifting6525.547,1183.8531% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1060.909920.5440% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,0599.0010,5505.7137% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,71457.0565,39435.4138% more dangerous

Basildon Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford8,75273.7066% safer
Colchester12,75692.3532% safer
Grays7,27096.1727% safer
Harlow9,580109.8811% safer
Basildon14,364122.06-

Crime Over Time in Basildon

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Basildon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40343235Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.51.21.1Safer
Burglary11865Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121312Safer
Drugs2.63.24.07Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.13.22.8Getting worse
Other Theft8987Safer
Possession of Weapons0.791.31.11.2Getting worse
Public Order791113Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.41.91.4Safer
Shoplifting7786Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.31.30.90Safer
Vehicle Crime1414119Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34445357Getting worse

Changes In Basildon's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Basildon's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Basildon that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Manor House Recreation Ground12--216
Northlands Park1011--10.61
St Gabriel's Church----428
Swan Mead Recreation Ground1----00.34

Comparing Basildon to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7180% safer
Coventry77.4158% safer
Croydon83.2247% safer
Sheffield85.8142% safer
Bristol86.2142% safer
Leicester97.4425% safer
Birmingham102.8719% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Basildon122.06-
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Basildon's Neighbourhoods

Basildon Central & Pipps Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Basildon, followed by Barstable in second place, and Laindon Central as the third most dangerous area. Basildon's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Laindon East & Lee Chapel North, Langdon Hills, and Steeple View & Noak Bridge.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barstable1,211139Second
Basildon Central & Pipps Hill2,939302First
Chalvedon1,085132Fourth
Laindon Central1,387137Third
Laindon East & Lee Chapel North73286Eighth
Laindon West & Southfields89095Seventh
Langdon Hills55460Tenth
Lee Chapel South & Kingswood1,147115Sixth
Steeple View & Noak Bridge75784Ninth
Whitmore Way & Fremnells1,092117Fifth

Basildon Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Basildon for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLangdon Hills (168)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (788)
Bicycle TheftLaindon West & Southfields (3)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (33)
BurglarySteeple View & Noak Bridge (25)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLangdon Hills (45)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (229)
DrugsSteeple View & Noak Bridge (21)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (224)
Other CrimeSteeple View & Noak Bridge (15)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (56)
Other TheftSteeple View & Noak Bridge (40)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (188)
Possession of WeaponsLaindon East & Lee Chapel North (2)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (41)
Public OrderLangdon Hills (56)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (331)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Lee Chapel South & Kingswood (5)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (33)
ShopliftingLaindon East & Lee Chapel North (1)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (335)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chalvedon (1)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (54)
Vehicle CrimeLangdon Hills (44)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (150)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLangdon Hills (235)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (1,158)

Crime in Basildon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Basildon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Basildon saw a 265% increase in drugs. Basildon saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 79% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+14%+16%+10%-1%+5%+6%+4%+52%+34%
Bicycle Theft-53%-15%-11%-31%+20%+83%-42%+64%-10%-60%
Burglary-52%-22%-43%+7%+58%-47%-16%-14%-13%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-26%-8%+24%-3%+3%-14%-19%-30%-37%
Drugs+96%+164%+117%+265%+18%+51%+141%+18%+55%+66%
Other Crime-32%-25%-17%-9%-23%+7%-36%-14%+53%-52%
Other Theft-11%-41%-24%+3%-15%--25%-33%+8%+4%
Possession of Weapons-42%+27%+71%+113%+8%+30%---50%+27%
Public Order-3%-44%+28%+42%+18%+9%+10%+27%+34%+5%
Robbery-74%-23%-55%+33%-22%-11%-59%+175%+21%-40%
Shoplifting-23%-79%-71%-75%-43%-43%-25%-3%-12%-36%
Theft From the Person-8%-79%-57%-33%+43%+23%-40%--65%-17%
Vehicle Crime+13%-36%-50%-6%-1%+14%-28%-6%+18%-16%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-21%+6%+3%+22%+16%+3%+8%+11%+18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Basildon

What police force serves Basildon?
Basildon's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Basildon?
Basildon is the most dangerous major town in Essex.
What is Basildon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Basildon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Basildon?
Basildon's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021