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Crime and Safety in Brentwood, Essex

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Brentwood is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 60th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brentwood in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 3.3% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brentwood is the 96th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,167th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2017, Brentwood had the worst crime rate in Essex for theft from the person, with 17 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.30 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Brentwood are violence and sexual offences, with 1,772 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 1,680 offences and a difference of 1.62 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Brentwood's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 32 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 22% from 2020's figure of 25 crimes.

Brentwood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

10% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

2.6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brentwood is 10% higher than the East of England and 2.6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brentwood Crime Rate Over Time

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Brentwood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Brentwood 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 Brentwood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021794,471
2020844,758
2019915,167
2018774,373
2017693,945
2016593,370

Crime in Brentwood Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Brentwood This Year

 BrentwoodEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,28822.6238,40220.80 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft470.831,6500.89 7% safer
Burglary2674.695,8403.16 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3125.4813,5347.33 34% safer
Drugs1612.835,3622.90 2.5% safer
Other Crime891.563,1801.72 10% safer
Other Theft4648.1510,2505.55 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons320.561,1820.64 14% safer
Public Order5088.9216,4258.89 0.34% more dangerous
Robbery360.631,2500.68 8% safer
Shoplifting2273.997,0953.84 3.8% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.721,0380.56 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5159.0410,1545.50 39% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,77231.1272,86539.46 27% safer

Brentwood Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,24143.7080% safer
Rayleigh1,47944.3577% safer
Wickford1,87353.7346% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7546% safer
Brentwood4,47178.51-
Canvey Island3,07979.260.95% more dangerous
Loughton2,94188.8812% more dangerous
Witham2,43790.4213% more dangerous
Braintree4,569101.3923% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.9536% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brentwood

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Recent Crimes in Brentwood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wates WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near West Park HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Larchwood GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Library HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Capon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Boardman PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Stephens CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Knight'S WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Belvedere RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Robin Hood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hartswood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near South StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bird LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Larchwood GardensAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Becket CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brentwood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22183023 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.51.20.83 Safer
Burglary8964.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7875 Safer
Drugs1.32.12.52.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.51.61.6 Getting worse
Other Theft81098 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.700.440.56 Getting worse
Public Order5789 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.831.20.790.63 Safer
Shoplifting4.9654.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.950.610.72 Safer
Vehicle Crime1113139 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26303031 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0817% safer
Brentwood78.51-
Croydon82.484.8% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0513% more dangerous
Bristol90.5213% more dangerous
Coventry102.2423% more dangerous
Leicester111.5930% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2841% more dangerous
Leeds150.9448% more dangerous

Crime in Brentwood's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brentwood Central1,441121First
Brentwood North56367Fourth
Brentwood South & Warley65977Third
Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch59685Second
Hutton49760Sixth
Shenfield & Hutton Mount64061Fifth

Brentwood Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourShenfield & Hutton Mount (122)Brentwood Central (435)
Bicycle TheftHutton (1)Brentwood Central (33)
BurglaryHutton (19)Brentwood Central (90)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBrook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (27)Brentwood Central (90)
DrugsHutton (13)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (32)
Other CrimeBrentwood North (7)Brentwood Central (34)
Other TheftHutton (34)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (137)
Possession of WeaponsBrentwood North (2)Brentwood Central (13)
Public OrderShenfield & Hutton Mount (68)Brentwood Central (167)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hutton (1)Brentwood Central (17)
ShopliftingHutton (7)Brentwood Central (105)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Brentwood North (2)Brentwood Central (35)
Vehicle CrimeHutton (56)Brook Street & Pilgrim's Hatch (91)
Violence and Sexual OffencesShenfield & Hutton Mount (201)Brentwood Central (577)

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 safest medium-sized town 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.

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