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Crime and Safety in Canvey Island

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Canvey Island is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 55th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Canvey Island in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 2.4% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Canvey Island is the 94th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,130th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Canvey Island was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Canvey Island residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.51 per 1,000 residents. Canvey Island recorded 7 reports of possession of weapons during June 2021, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Canvey Island are violence and sexual offences, with 1,587 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 1,500 offences and a difference of 2.24 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Canvey Island's least common crime is theft from the person, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 45% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Canvey Island 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

11% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

3.6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Canvey Island is 11% higher than the East of England and 3.6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Canvey Island Crime Rate Over Time

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Canvey Island Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Canvey Island 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 Canvey Island

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021793,079
2020813,141
2019863,354
2018793,058
2017632,438
2016602,343

Crime in Canvey Island Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Canvey Island This Year

 Canvey IslandEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour83521.4938,40220.80 3.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft270.691,6500.89 29% safer
Burglary631.625,8403.16 95% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3509.0113,5347.33 19% more dangerous
Drugs1253.225,3622.90 10% more dangerous
Other Crime852.193,1801.72 21% more dangerous
Other Theft1955.0210,2505.55 11% safer
Possession of Weapons300.771,1820.64 17% more dangerous
Public Order3689.4716,4258.89 6% more dangerous
Robbery360.931,2500.68 27% more dangerous
Shoplifting842.167,0953.84 78% safer
Theft From the Person110.281,0380.56 100% safer
Vehicle Crime1183.0410,1545.50 81% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,58740.8572,86539.46 3.4% more dangerous

Canvey Island Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,24143.7081% safer
Rayleigh1,47944.3579% safer
Wickford1,87353.7348% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7547% safer
Brentwood4,47178.510.96% safer
Canvey Island3,07979.26-
Loughton2,94188.8811% more dangerous
Witham2,43790.4212% more dangerous
Braintree4,569101.3922% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.9536% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Canvey Island

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Recent Crimes in Canvey Island

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Second AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Juliers RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Furtherwick RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Central Wall RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Vicarage CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Atherstone CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Delfzul RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mulberry RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dyke CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Waarden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Westman RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sussex WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Princes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Arcadia RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thameside CrescentOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nordland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Juliers RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Third AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Canvey Island Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30252821 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.10.980.69 Safer
Burglary53.42.51.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1012109 Safer
Drugs2.22.73.73.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.62.02.2 Getting worse
Other Theft664.45 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.800.850.670.77 Getting worse
Public Order7889 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.931.30.640.93 Safer
Shoplifting4.464.42.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.460.150.28 Safer
Vehicle Crime5653.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34373941 Getting worse

Changes In Canvey Island's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Canvey Island to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0818% safer
Canvey Island79.26-
Croydon82.483.9% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0512% more dangerous
Bristol90.5212% more dangerous
Coventry102.2422% more dangerous
Leicester111.5929% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2840% more dangerous
Leeds150.9447% more dangerous

Crime in Canvey Island's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Canvey Island Leigh Beck62779Third
Canvey Island Newlands36754Fourth
Canvey Island North West954112First
Canvey Island South West76892Second
Canvey Island Winter Gardens36351Fifth

Canvey Island Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCanvey Island Winter Gardens (78)Canvey Island North West (271)
Bicycle TheftCanvey Island Newlands (2)Canvey Island Leigh Beck (12)
BurglaryCanvey Island South West (7)Canvey Island North West (27)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCanvey Island Newlands (30)Canvey Island North West (122)
DrugsCanvey Island Newlands (12)Canvey Island South West (40)
Other CrimeCanvey Island Winter Gardens (13)Canvey Island South West (21)
Other TheftCanvey Island Winter Gardens (18)Canvey Island North West (59)
Possession of WeaponsCanvey Island Newlands (2)Canvey Island North West (9)
Public OrderCanvey Island Winter Gardens (32)Canvey Island North West (110)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Canvey Island South West (6)Canvey Island North West (9)
ShopliftingCanvey Island Newlands (2)Canvey Island South West (46)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Canvey Island South West (3)Canvey Island North West (5)
Vehicle CrimeCanvey Island Newlands (14)Canvey Island North West (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCanvey Island Winter Gardens (208)Canvey Island North West (491)

Crime in Canvey Island During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Canvey Island change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Canvey Island saw a 275% increase in drugs. Canvey Island saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 93% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+23%+36%+28%+43%-18%-30%-4%-3%+98%+82%
Bicycle Theft+200%+100%-+50%-60%-67%---75%-86%
Burglary-25%-33%-64%-42%-75%-31%+23%-50%-10%+120%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-41%-11%-22%-57%-3%-13%-4%-9%-13%
Drugs+33%+80%+44%+275%+14%-6%+88%+25%+250%-7%
Other Crime+125%-+33%+17%-17%+50%+100%+125%-50%-20%
Other Theft-13%-52%+6%-13%-11%+11%+5%-32%-65%-39%
Possession of Weapons--33%-67%-71%--33%-+200%--
Public Order+52%-26%-38%-27%-6%+22%+52%+27%+16%-58%
Robbery-75%-50%--67%+150%-80%-80%+133%--
Shoplifting-23%-93%-25%+18%-37%-+25%-12%-82%-67%
Theft From the Person---------75%-
Vehicle Crime-43%-58%-42%-23%-62%-45%-44%+24%+67%-46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-16%+14%-3%+7%+23%+17%-1%+9%+22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Canvey Island

What police force serves Canvey Island?
Canvey Island's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Canvey Island?
Canvey Island is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Canvey Island?
Canvey Island's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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