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Crime and Safety in Braintree, Essex

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Braintree is the second most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Braintree in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 20% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Braintree is the 51st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 565th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Braintree had the worst crime rate in Essex for shoplifting, with 83 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.8 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Braintree are violence and sexual offences, with 2,186 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 3.2% higher than 2020's figure of 2,115 offences and a difference of 1.58 from 2020's crime rate of 47. Braintree's least common crime is theft from the person, with 30 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 13% from 2020's figure of 34 crimes.

Braintree 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

31% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

25% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Braintree is 31% higher than the East of England and 25% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Braintree Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Braintree 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 Braintree

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211014,569
2020974,366
2019934,204
2018894,020
2017662,991
2016632,860

Crime in Braintree Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Braintree This Year

 BraintreeEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,09824.3638,40220.80 15% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft661.461,6500.89 39% more dangerous
Burglary1162.575,8403.16 23% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3858.5413,5347.33 14% more dangerous
Drugs1854.115,3622.90 29% more dangerous
Other Crime861.913,1801.72 10% more dangerous
Other Theft2726.0410,2505.55 8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons340.751,1820.64 15% more dangerous
Public Order47210.4716,4258.89 15% more dangerous
Robbery330.731,2500.68 7% more dangerous
Shoplifting49911.077,0953.84 65% more dangerous
Theft From the Person300.671,0380.56 16% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2054.5510,1545.50 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,18648.5172,86539.46 19% more dangerous

Braintree Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7589% safer
Brentwood4,47178.5129% safer
Canvey Island3,07979.2628% safer
Loughton2,94188.8814% safer
Witham2,43790.4212% safer
Braintree4,569101.39-
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.9518% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Braintree

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Recent Crimes in Braintree

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near College RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rosemary AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Chapel HillOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pilgrim CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Maltings ViewLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dunstable DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greene ViewUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cavendish GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stafford CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Tofts WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Station ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pegasus WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Mary'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Boleyns AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Courtauld RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bishops AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gilchrist WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trafalgar WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Braintree Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27233124 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.51.91.31.5 Safer
Burglary73.93.52.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9999 Getting worse
Drugs2.13.34.34.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.42.31.9 Safer
Other Theft10766 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.710.690.730.75 Getting worse
Public Order781110 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.870.730.600.73 Safer
Shoplifting810711 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.530.750.67 Safer
Vehicle Crime74.83.44.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34404749 Getting worse

Changes In Braintree's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Braintree to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0851% safer
Croydon82.4823% safer
Sheffield90.0513% safer
Bristol90.5212% safer
Braintree101.39-
Coventry102.240.83% more dangerous
Leicester111.599% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6422% more dangerous
Bradford132.2823% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in Braintree's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bocking814112Second
Bocking Churchstreet & Blackwater60265Fourth
Braintree South98599Third
Central Braintree1,589168First

Braintree Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (130)Central Braintree (366)
Bicycle TheftBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (1)Central Braintree (34)
BurglaryBraintree South (19)Central Braintree (36)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (43)Central Braintree (142)
DrugsBraintree South (22)Central Braintree (94)
Other CrimeBraintree South (10)Bocking (20)
Other TheftBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (30)Central Braintree (108)
Possession of WeaponsBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (1)Central Braintree (19)
Public OrderBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (53)Central Braintree (177)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Braintree South (1)Central Braintree (18)
ShopliftingBocking (35)Central Braintree (167)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Bocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (2)Central Braintree (16)
Vehicle CrimeBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (27)Central Braintree (63)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (287)Central Braintree (693)

Crime in Braintree During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Braintree change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Braintree saw a 400% increase in robbery. Braintree saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 89% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+2%+31%+41%+44%+35%+37%+30%+64%+45%+77%
Bicycle Theft-64%-30%--25%-18%-25%+50%-89%-79%+300%
Burglary+23%+13%-+64%+38%-43%-52%-71%-58%-71%
Criminal Damage and Arson+96%+4%+43%+23%-28%+51%+2%+4%-23%-37%
Drugs-9%+375%+100%-31%-17%+18%+233%+110%+29%-
Other Crime+38%-40%-31%+100%-25%-42%-44%+13%+67%-14%
Other Theft-60%-46%--35%-26%+25%+4%-44%-6%-5%
Possession of Weapons+100%+50%-40%+200%+100%--+300%-60%-
Public Order+53%+42%+51%+41%+48%+104%+9%-35%--21%
Robbery+50%-60%-25%-33%+400%+50%+150%-50%-75%-
Shoplifting-34%-73%-50%-43%-51%-15%-64%-51%-9%-31%
Theft From the Person-33%--+300%-+200%+100%+33%--40%
Vehicle Crime+7%+17%-22%-28%--21%-58%-40%-35%-45%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%+35%+25%+45%+64%+48%+16%+15%-12%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Braintree

What police force serves Braintree?
Braintree's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Braintree?
Braintree is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex.

What is Braintree's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Braintree are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Braintree?
Braintree's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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