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Crime and Safety in Basildon, Essex

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Basildon is the most dangerous major town in Essex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Basildon in 2021 was 125 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Basildon is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 297th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Basildon had the worst crime rate in Essex for drugs, with 54 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Basildon residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 31 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Basildon recorded 89 reports of vehicle crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.76 the worst for vehicle crime in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Basildon are violence and sexual offences, with 7,507 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 64. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 6,627 offences and a difference of 7.48 from 2020's crime rate of 56. Basildon's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 89 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 45% from 2020's figure of 129 crimes.

Basildon 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Essex

44% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

39% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Basildon is 44% higher than the East of England and 39% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Basildon Crime Rate Over Time

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Basildon Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Basildon 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 Basildon

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202112514,679
202012114,190
201912114,277
201811313,338
201710312,160
20169511,183

Crime in Basildon Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Basildon This Year

 BasildonEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,44729.2938,40220.80 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft890.761,6500.89 17% safer
Burglary4273.635,8403.16 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,33111.3113,5347.33 35% more dangerous
Drugs6855.825,3622.90 50% more dangerous
Other Crime2992.543,1801.72 32% more dangerous
Other Theft8307.0510,2505.55 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1251.061,1820.64 40% more dangerous
Public Order1,58013.4316,4258.89 34% more dangerous
Robbery1781.511,2500.68 55% more dangerous
Shoplifting5654.807,0953.84 20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1030.881,0380.56 36% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime9608.1610,1545.50 33% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences7,50763.7972,86539.46 38% more dangerous

Basildon Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford9,88383.2250% safer
Colchester13,27896.1330% safer
Grays7,617100.7624% safer
Harlow10,087115.698% safer
Basildon14,679124.74-

Crime Over Time in Basildon

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Recent Crimes in Basildon

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Collingwood WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rise ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Friars CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near RokellsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beatty LaneLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The SladesOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rantree FoldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near CressellsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Claremont DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Malyons PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wimbish EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Moss DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pomfret MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chestnut CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near GibcracksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Basildon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34323529 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.21.10.76 Safer
Burglary8653.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131111 Safer
Drugs3.13.976 Getting worse
Other Crime2.13.22.72.5 Getting worse
Other Theft9877 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.01.21.1 Getting worse
Public Order9111213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.81.41.5 Safer
Shoplifting7864.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.30.900.88 Safer
Vehicle Crime141198 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences44525664 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0886% safer
Croydon82.4851% safer
Sheffield90.0539% safer
Bristol90.5238% safer
Coventry102.2422% safer
Leicester111.5912% safer
Liverpool123.061.4% safer
Basildon124.74-
Birmingham129.643.8% more dangerous
Bradford132.286% more dangerous
Leeds150.9417% 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
Barstable1,340153Second
Basildon Central & Pipps Hill2,931301First
Chalvedon1,178143Fourth
Laindon Central1,456144Third
Laindon East & Lee Chapel North79594Eighth
Laindon West & Southfields90197Seventh
Langdon Hills44448Tenth
Lee Chapel South & Kingswood1,264127Fifth
Steeple View & Noak Bridge71379Ninth
Whitmore Way & Fremnells1,147123Sixth

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 (105)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (587)
Bicycle TheftSteeple View & Noak Bridge (2)Lee Chapel South & Kingswood (23)
BurglaryLangdon Hills (18)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (62)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLangdon Hills (29)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (222)
DrugsSteeple View & Noak Bridge (22)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (206)
Other CrimeLangdon Hills (7)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (46)
Other TheftLangdon Hills (33)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (178)
Possession of WeaponsLaindon West & Southfields (4)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (32)
Public OrderLangdon Hills (43)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (350)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Langdon Hills (1)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (53)
ShopliftingLaindon West & Southfields (2)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (300)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Laindon West & Southfields (2)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (54)
Vehicle CrimeLangdon Hills (40)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (141)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLangdon Hills (222)Basildon Central & Pipps Hill (1,265)

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 277% 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-7%+14%+16%+9%-+4%+5%+4%+53%+32%
Bicycle Theft-53%-15%--31%+20%+83%-42%+64%-10%-60%
Burglary-51%-25%-42%+7%+59%-49%-11%-14%-13%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson-1%-27%-7%+20%-1%+3%-13%-15%-32%-38%
Drugs+96%+164%+133%+277%+20%+52%+137%+16%+55%+66%
Other Crime-35%-26%-20%-6%-23%+7%-36%-14%+53%-54%
Other Theft-10%-40%-26%+7%-16%--26%-35%+8%+6%
Possession of Weapons-42%+40%+71%+113%+8%+30%---54%+27%
Public Order-3%-47%+29%+45%+19%+9%+10%+27%+34%+3%
Robbery-73%-23%-55%+33%-22%-12%-59%+214%+21%-40%
Shoplifting-22%-79%-71%-75%-43%-43%-24%-3%-12%-36%
Theft From the Person-8%-79%-57%-33%+43%+23%-40%--65%-17%
Vehicle Crime+16%-36%-50%-6%-1%+15%-22%-7%+17%-15%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-23%+7%+2%+23%+17%+2%+8%+11%+19%

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 bicycle theft.

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