Braintree Crime Overview

Braintree is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Braintree in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 20% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Braintree is the 40th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 549th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Braintree was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Braintree residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents. Braintree recorded 27 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.60 the worst medium-sized town for drugs in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Braintree are violence and sexual offences, with 2,115 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 1,802 offences and a difference of 6.94 from 2019's crime rate of 40. Braintree's least common crime is robbery, with 27 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 22% from 2019's figure of 33 crimes.

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Crime in Braintree Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Braintree This Year

 BraintreeEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,40231.1149,41426.7614% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft591.311,8671.0123% more dangerous
Burglary1573.487,1213.8611% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4249.4114,0377.6019% more dangerous
Drugs1944.306,4523.4919% more dangerous
Other Crime1052.333,2051.7425% more dangerous
Other Theft2675.929,4275.1014% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons330.731,1960.6511% more dangerous
Public Order47510.5415,0938.1722% more dangerous
Robbery270.601,2270.6610% safer
Shoplifting3227.157,1183.8546% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.759920.5428% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1543.4210,5505.7167% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,11546.9365,39435.4125% more dangerous

Braintree Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4885% safer
Canvey Island3,14180.8520% safer
Witham2,20581.8218% safer
Brentwood4,75883.5516% safer
Loughton2,89387.4311% safer
Braintree4,36696.88-
Clacton-on-Sea6,399119.0119% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Braintree

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Braintree Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27272331Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.51.91.3Safer
Burglary673.93.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8999Getting worse
Drugs1.62.13.34.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.92.42.3Getting worse
Other Theft61076Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.710.690.73Getting worse
Public Order57811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.730.870.730.60Safer
Shoplifting58107Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.10.530.75Safer
Vehicle Crime774.83.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24344047Getting worse

Changes In Braintree's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Braintree to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Braintree96.88-
Leicester97.440.57% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Braintree's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bocking808111Second
Bocking Churchstreet & Blackwater51956Fourth
Braintree South1,014102Third
Central Braintree1,444153First

Braintree Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (185)Central Braintree (490)
Bicycle TheftBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (1)Central Braintree (33)
BurglaryBraintree South (25)Central Braintree (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (47)Central Braintree (129)
DrugsBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (26)Central Braintree (82)
Other CrimeBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (10)Bocking (27)
Other TheftBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (31)Central Braintree (100)
Possession of WeaponsBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (2)Bocking (8)
Public OrderBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (44)Central Braintree (163)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Braintree South (2)Central Braintree (13)
ShopliftingBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (30)Central Braintree (148)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Braintree South (3)Central Braintree (23)
Vehicle CrimeBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (18)Bocking (35)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBocking Churchstreet & Blackwater (272)Central Braintree (631)

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021