Brentwood Crime Overview

Brentwood is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brentwood in 2020 was 84 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brentwood is the 71st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 871st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Brentwood was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for burglary, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Brentwood residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for other theft, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Brentwood recorded 10 reports of bicycle theft during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Brentwood are violence and sexual offences, with 1,680 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 0.06% lower than 2019's figure of 1,681 offences and a difference of 0.02 from 2019's crime rate of 30. Brentwood's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 25 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 60% from 2019's figure of 40 crimes.

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See how Brentwood shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Brentwood and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Brentwood Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Brentwood This Year

 BrentwoodEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,70930.0149,41426.7611% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft671.181,8671.0114% more dangerous
Burglary3486.117,1213.8637% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3776.6214,0377.6015% safer
Drugs1432.516,4523.4939% safer
Other Crime881.553,2051.7412% safer
Other Theft4918.629,4275.1041% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons250.441,1960.6548% safer
Public Order4537.9515,0938.172.8% safer
Robbery450.791,2270.6616% more dangerous
Shoplifting2925.137,1183.8525% more dangerous
Theft From the Person350.619920.5411% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime71412.5410,5505.7154% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,68029.5065,39435.4120% safer

Brentwood Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rayleigh1,50745.1985% safer
Wickford1,77750.9864% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4859% safer
Canvey Island3,14180.853.3% safer
Witham2,20581.822.1% safer
Brentwood4,75883.55-
Loughton2,89387.434.4% more dangerous
Braintree4,36696.8814% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,399119.0130% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brentwood

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Brentwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24221830Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.61.51.2Safer
Burglary10896Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8787Safer
Drugs1.01.32.12.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.31.51.6Getting worse
Other Theft88109Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.390.700.44Safer
Public Order4.1578Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.831.20.79Safer
Shoplifting3.54.965Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.20.950.61Safer
Vehicle Crime11111313Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences20263030Getting worse

Changes In Brentwood's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Brentwood's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bishops Hall Park18----48
Courage Cricket Ground10--1309
King Georges Playing Fields3-5-400.62
Larkin's Playing Fields--1-110.70
Shenfield Common8-1-451.4
Warley Park Golf Course2----30.08
Weald Country Park12-4-460.15

Comparing Brentwood to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7123% safer
Coventry77.418% safer
Croydon83.220.40% safer
Brentwood83.55-
Sheffield85.812.6% more dangerous
Bristol86.213.1% more dangerous
Leicester97.4414% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8719% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2822% more dangerous
Bradford133.0237% more dangerous
Leeds137.1039% more dangerous

Crime in Brentwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brentwood Central1,405118First
Brentwood North64077Fourth
Brentwood South & Warley69982Third
Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch66495Second
Hutton55768Fifth
Shenfield & Hutton Mount69566Sixth

Brentwood Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourShenfield & Hutton Mount (197)Brentwood Central (624)
Bicycle TheftBrentwood South & Warley (3)Brentwood Central (29)
BurglaryBrentwood North (41)Brentwood South & Warley (62)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBrook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (31)Brentwood Central (115)
DrugsBrentwood North (14)Brentwood Central (48)
Other CrimeHutton (8)Brentwood Central (26)
Other TheftShenfield & Hutton Mount (40)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (182)
Possession of WeaponsShenfield & Hutton Mount (2)Brentwood North (5)
Public OrderShenfield & Hutton Mount (55)Brentwood Central (159)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (3)Brentwood Central (17)
ShopliftingBrentwood South & Warley (9)Brentwood Central (119)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Brentwood South & Warley (1)Brentwood Central (24)
Vehicle CrimeHutton (57)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (132)
Violence and Sexual OffencesShenfield & Hutton Mount (172)Brentwood Central (517)

Crime in Brentwood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brentwood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Brentwood saw a 200% increase in robbery. Brentwood saw a large fall in possession of weapons during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+43%+77%+110%+104%+57%+55%+49%+55%+94%+132%
Bicycle Theft+67%-56%+175%+11%-55%+50%-15%-50%--
Burglary+19%-50%-60%-45%+29%-23%-48%-58%-62%-41%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-57%-15%-25%-20%+3%+34%-21%-30%-43%
Drugs+43%-42%+157%-10%+43%-18%+20%-27%-8%+17%
Other Crime+86%+75%-29%+20%+67%--44%+29%--
Other Theft-21%-44%-37%-14%-28%+24%+7%-11%-5%-32%
Possession of Weapons-80%-+50%-33%-33%-+100%--86%-50%
Public Order-42%-32%+10%+69%+16%+77%+17%+36%+3%+42%
Robbery-43%-+33%-71%+33%+200%-75%--80%-80%
Shoplifting-52%-53%--24%+5%-27%+14%+12%-45%-7%
Theft From the Person-33%-71%--+200%---60%-50%-33%
Vehicle Crime+15%-47%-61%-34%+5%+7%-7%-8%-7%+18%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-14%-3%+20%+6%+1%+48%-13%-25%-26%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brentwood

What police force serves Brentwood?
Brentwood's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Brentwood?
Brentwood is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex.
What is Brentwood's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brentwood are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brentwood?
Brentwood's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021