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Crime and Safety in Buckhurst Hill

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Buckhurst Hill is among the top 20 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 100th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Buckhurst Hill in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 37% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Buckhurst Hill is the 364th most dangerous small town, and the 2,255th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Buckhurst Hill was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Buckhurst Hill residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Buckhurst Hill recorded 18 reports of burglary during January 2019, making its crime rate of 1.5 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Buckhurst Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 274 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 245 offences and a difference of 2.47 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Buckhurst Hill's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Buckhurst Hill 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Safest

Small Towns, Essex

19% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

23% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Buckhurst Hill is 19% lower than the East of England and 23% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Buckhurst Hill Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Buckhurst Hill 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 Buckhurst Hill

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159698
202064754
201972847
201878919
201768803
201656656

Crime in Buckhurst Hill Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Buckhurst Hill This Year

 Buckhurst HillEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18015.2838,40220.80 36% safer
Bicycle Theft10.081,6500.89 1012% safer
Burglary383.235,8403.16 2.2% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson665.6013,5347.33 31% safer
Drugs231.955,3622.90 49% safer
Other Crime110.933,1801.72 85% safer
Other Theft443.7310,2495.55 49% safer
Possession of Weapons50.421,1820.64 52% safer
Public Order615.1816,4258.89 72% safer
Robbery110.931,2500.68 27% more dangerous
Shoplifting131.107,0953.84 249% safer
Theft From the Person60.511,0380.56 10% safer
Vehicle Crime14512.3110,1545.50 55% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences27423.2672,86439.46 70% safer

Buckhurst Hill Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wivenhoe29737.3659% safer
Heybridge38945.5130% safer
Saffron Walden81246.7427% safer
Brightlingsea41948.4322% safer
South Woodham Ferrers81350.8816% safer
Buckhurst Hill69859.24-
Tiptree55860.532.1% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,18560.692.4% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Crouch51064.098% more dangerous
Great Dunmow72770.3616% more dangerous
Chigwell1,05275.3521% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Buckhurst Hill

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Recent Crimes in Buckhurst Hill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Briar CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near King'S AvenueLocal resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cedar CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Salisbury GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Devon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rous RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willow CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Stag LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lower Queen'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elgar CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Boleyn CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Briar CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackmore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Buckhurst Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22182215 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.250.080.510.08 Safer
Burglary12863.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson764.96 Safer
Drugs1.91.33.62.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.680.590.510.93 Getting worse
Other Theft7773.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.420.590.42 Getting worse
Public Order5665 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.61.20.510.93 Safer
Shoplifting63.31.31.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.510.170.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime16151212 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19232123 Getting worse

Changes In Buckhurst Hill's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Buckhurst Hill to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9348% safer
Birmingham49.6019% safer
Buckhurst Hill59.24-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0334% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Buckhurst Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buckhurst Hill70260First

Crime in Buckhurst Hill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Buckhurst Hill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Buckhurst Hill saw a 700% increase in drugs. Buckhurst Hill saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-23%+12%+32%+4%+15%+233%+21%-+31%+150%
Burglary-44%-50%-40%-50%-+300%-50%+100%-80%-
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%--67%-38%+200%+20%-33%-17%-46%-
Drugs-+700%+150%--+300%-50%-+150%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft--38%-+40%+71%+25%-44%-50%-29%+57%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-29%+67%-67%-56%+67%-22%+300%+75%-57%-
Shoplifting-25%--75%---+50%--50%-
Vehicle Crime+78%-45%-33%-14%-36%+11%-29%-52%-55%-88%
Violence and Sexual Offences+10%+81%-39%-40%+17%-33%-36%--44%+76%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Buckhurst Hill

What police force serves Buckhurst Hill?
Buckhurst Hill's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Buckhurst Hill?
Buckhurst Hill is among the top 20 safest small towns in Essex.

What is Buckhurst Hill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Buckhurst Hill are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Buckhurst Hill?
Buckhurst Hill's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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