Buckhurst Hill Crime Overview

Buckhurst Hill is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 88th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Buckhurst Hill in 2020 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Buckhurst Hill is the 261st most dangerous small town, and the 1,803rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Buckhurst Hill was the worst small town in Essex for robbery, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Buckhurst Hill residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Buckhurst Hill recorded 13 reports of shoplifting during August 2018, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst small town for shoplifting in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Buckhurst Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 245 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 272 offences and a difference of 2.30 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Buckhurst Hill's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Buckhurst Hill This Year

 Buckhurst HillEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26122.1549,41426.7621% safer
Bicycle Theft60.511,8671.0198% safer
Burglary726.117,1213.8637% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson584.9214,0377.6054% safer
Drugs423.566,4523.492.0% more dangerous
Other Crime60.513,2051.74241% safer
Other Theft847.139,4275.1028% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.591,1960.6510% safer
Public Order695.8615,0938.1739% safer
Robbery60.511,2270.6629% safer
Shoplifting151.277,1183.85203% safer
Theft From the Person20.179920.54218% safer
Vehicle Crime14212.0510,5505.7153% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences24520.7965,39435.4170% safer

Crime in Buckhurst Hill Compared To Essex

Buckhurst Hill Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brightlingsea41347.7434% safer
Tiptree52156.5113% safer
Frinton and Walton1,11657.1612% safer
Great Dunmow60558.559% safer
Heybridge50458.969% safer
Buckhurst Hill75464.00-
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.854.3% more dangerous
Halstead87071.5411% more dangerous
Maldon1,06972.9712% more dangerous
Chigwell1,10078.7919% more dangerous
Myland1,27384.6024% more dangerous

Buckhurst Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18221822Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.340.250.080.51Getting worse
Burglary111286Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6764.9Safer
Drugs2.51.91.33.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.680.590.51Safer
Other Theft6777Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.250.420.420.59Getting worse
Public Order3.9566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.22.61.20.51Safer
Shoplifting663.31.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.171.10.510.17Safer
Vehicle Crime14161512Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16192321Getting worse

Changes In Buckhurst Hill's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Buckhurst Hill to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Buckhurst Hill64.00-
Barnet67.715% more dangerous
Coventry77.4117% more dangerous
Croydon83.2223% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8125% more dangerous
Bristol86.2126% more dangerous
Leicester97.4434% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8738% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2840% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% more dangerous

Crime in Buckhurst Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buckhurst Hill75464First

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 most dangerous 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021