Brightlingsea Crime Overview

Brightlingsea is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 150th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brightlingsea in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 63% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brightlingsea is the 373rd safest small town, and the 3,304th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Brightlingsea was the worst small town in Essex for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2017 was also a bad month for Brightlingsea residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 2.5 per 1,000 residents. Brightlingsea recorded 2 reports of robbery during September 2016, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for robbery in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Brightlingsea are violence and sexual offences, with 215 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 203 offences and a difference of 1.38 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Brightlingsea's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

Compare Brightlingsea to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Brightlingsea Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Brightlingsea This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour12514.4549,41426.7685% safer
Burglary151.737,1213.86123% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson455.2014,0377.6046% safer
Drugs121.396,4523.49151% safer
Other Crime101.163,2051.7450% safer
Other Theft293.359,4275.1052% safer
Public Order566.4715,0938.1726% safer
Robbery10.121,2270.66450% safer
Shoplifting70.817,1183.85375% safer
Vehicle Crime232.6610,5505.71115% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21524.8565,39435.4142% safer

Brightlingsea Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wivenhoe26433.2144% safer
Hockley35435.5634% safer
Stanway40938.0925% safer
South Woodham Ferrers75247.061.4% safer
Saffron Walden82847.660.17% safer
Tiptree52156.5116% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,11657.1616% more dangerous
Great Dunmow60558.5518% more dangerous
Heybridge50458.9619% more dangerous
Buckhurst Hill75464.0025% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brightlingsea

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Brightlingsea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21131414Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12775Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft663.93.4Safer
Public Order2.73.766Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Vehicle Crime4.
Violence and Sexual Offences16222325Getting worse

Changes In Brightlingsea's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Brightlingsea's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bayard Recreation Ground-----10.23
Western Promenade-34-3121.9

Comparing Brightlingsea to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7129% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2855% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Brightlingsea's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brightlingsea & Point Clear52760First

Crime in Brightlingsea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brightlingsea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Brightlingsea saw a 300% increase in other theft. Brightlingsea saw a large fall in public order during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+11%-14%-24%+27%-10%+20%-40%+163%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson--40%-+50%-75%+29%-63%+100%-67%-60%
Other Crime-------75%---
Other Theft-+100%--25%-83%+300%--86%-+100%
Public Order-25%-33%-88%+150%+50%+300%+40%-50%+25%-
Vehicle Crime+300%----+100%+100%-+200%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+12%-72%+5%+130%-13%+14%+36%-38%+70%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brightlingsea

What police force serves Brightlingsea?
Brightlingsea's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Brightlingsea?
Brightlingsea is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex.
What is Brightlingsea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Brightlingsea are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Brightlingsea?
Brightlingsea's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021