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Crime and Safety in Brightlingsea

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Brightlingsea is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 144th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brightlingsea in 2021 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 68% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brightlingsea is the 323rd safest small town, and the 3,427th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2019, Brightlingsea was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() 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 SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 22 crimes at a rate of 2.5 per 1,000 residents. Brightlingsea recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during May 2016, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Brightlingsea are violence and sexual offences, with 224 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 4.0% higher than 2020's figure of 215 offences and a difference of 1.04 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Brightlingsea's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Brightlingsea 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Essex

45% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

50% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brightlingsea is 45% lower than the East of England and 50% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brightlingsea Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Brightlingsea represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Brightlingsea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202148419
202048413
201950432
201850430
201757497
201647407

Crime in Brightlingsea Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Brightlingsea This Year

 BrightlingseaEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9911.4438,40220.80 82% safer
Bicycle Theft20.231,6500.89 287% safer
Burglary151.735,8403.16 83% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson475.4313,5347.33 35% safer
Drugs101.165,3622.90 150% safer
Other Crime192.203,1801.72 22% more dangerous
Other Theft293.3510,2495.55 66% safer
Possession of Weapons10.121,1820.64 433% safer
Public Order424.8516,4258.89 83% safer
Robbery20.231,2500.68 196% safer
Shoplifting30.357,0953.84 997% safer
Vehicle Crime252.8910,1545.50 90% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22425.8972,86439.46 52% safer

Brightlingsea Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hawkwell40131.7952% safer
Hockley36336.4633% safer
Wivenhoe29737.3630% safer
Heybridge38945.516% safer
Saffron Walden81246.743.6% safer
Brightlingsea41948.43-
South Woodham Ferrers81350.884.8% more dangerous
Buckhurst Hill69859.2418% more dangerous
Tiptree55860.5320% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,18560.6920% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Crouch51064.0924% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brightlingsea

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Recent Crimes in Brightlingsea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Lower Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Campernell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Copperas RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oyster Tank RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pertwee CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oysters ReachUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marsh WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Regent CloseFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bateman RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Silcott StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Regent CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hythe GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oysters ReachFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Public orderOn or near Campernell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Rye CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Sarre WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tudor CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ophir RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Brightlingsea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13141411 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.23--0.23 Safer
Burglary3.52.11.71.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7755 Safer
Drugs1.31.01.41.2 Safer
Other Crime1.51.41.22.2 Getting worse
Other Theft63.93.43.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.23-0.12 Safer
Public Order3.7664.8 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.350.120.23 Safer
Shoplifting2.51.80.810.35 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.32.82.72.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22232526 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9321% safer
Brightlingsea48.43-
Birmingham49.602.4% more dangerous
Barnet67.0828% more dangerous
Croydon82.4841% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0346% more dangerous
Bristol90.5246% more dangerous
Leicester111.5957% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0661% more dangerous
Bradford132.2863% more dangerous
Leeds150.9468% more dangerous

Crime in Brightlingsea's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Brightlingsea & Point Clear51458First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+33%+11%-14%-24%+27%-10%+20%-40%+163%-36%
Burglary---50%---50%---+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson--40%-+50%-75%+29%-63%+100%-67%-60%
Drugs---60%------50%-
Other Crime-------75%---
Other Theft-+100%--25%-83%+300%--86%-+100%
Public Order-25%-33%-88%+150%+50%+300%+40%-50%+25%-
Shoplifting---80%-67%------
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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