Canvey Island Crime Overview

Canvey Island is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Canvey Island in 2020 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 3.8% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Canvey Island is the 85th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 962nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Canvey Island was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Canvey Island residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.18 per 1,000 residents. Canvey Island recorded 7 reports of possession of weapons during January 2020, 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 1,500 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 5% higher than 2019's figure of 1,422 offences and a difference of 2.01 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Canvey Island's least common crime is theft from the person, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

Compare Canvey Island to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Canvey Island Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Canvey Island This Year

 Canvey IslandEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,06927.5249,41426.762.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft380.981,8671.013.1% safer
Burglary962.477,1213.8656% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3739.6014,0377.6021% more dangerous
Drugs1423.666,4523.494.6% more dangerous
Other Crime761.963,2051.7411% more dangerous
Other Theft1724.439,4275.1015% safer
Possession of Weapons260.671,1960.653.0% more dangerous
Public Order3188.1915,0938.170.24% more dangerous
Robbery250.641,2270.663.1% safer
Shoplifting1714.407,1183.8512% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.159920.54260% safer
Vehicle Crime1985.1010,5505.7112% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,50038.6165,39435.418% more dangerous

Canvey Island Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,21342.7189% safer
Rayleigh1,50745.1979% safer
Wickford1,77750.9859% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4854% safer
Canvey Island3,14180.85-
Witham2,20581.821.2% more dangerous
Brentwood4,75883.553.2% more dangerous
Loughton2,89387.438% more dangerous
Braintree4,36696.8817% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,399119.0132% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Canvey Island

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Canvey Island Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour32302528Safer
Bicycle Theft0.981.21.10.98Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9101210Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft5664.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.570.800.850.67Safer
Public Order5788Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.800.931.30.64Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.590.260.460.15Safer
Vehicle Crime4.8565Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22343739Getting worse

Changes In Canvey Island's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Canvey Island to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7119% safer
Coventry77.414.4% safer
Canvey Island80.85-
Croydon83.222.8% more dangerous
Sheffield85.816% more dangerous
Bristol86.216% more dangerous
Leicester97.4417% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8721% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2825% more dangerous
Bradford133.0239% more dangerous
Leeds137.1041% more dangerous

Crime in Canvey Island's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Canvey Island Leigh Beck61778Third
Canvey Island Newlands33849Fifth
Canvey Island North West1,036121First
Canvey Island South West78093Second
Canvey Island Winter Gardens37052Fourth

Canvey Island Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Canvey Island for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCanvey Island Leigh Beck (169)Canvey Island North West (333)
Bicycle TheftCanvey Island Newlands (4)Canvey Island Leigh Beck (14)
BurglaryCanvey Island Newlands (6)Canvey Island North West (31)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCanvey Island Newlands (35)Canvey Island North West (137)
DrugsCanvey Island Winter Gardens (13)Canvey Island North West (53)
Other CrimeCanvey Island Winter Gardens (7)Canvey Island North West (31)
Other TheftCanvey Island Newlands (11)Canvey Island North West (60)
Possession of WeaponsCanvey Island South West (2)Canvey Island North West (9)
Public OrderCanvey Island Winter Gardens (30)Canvey Island North West (94)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Canvey Island Newlands (1)Canvey Island South West (9)
ShopliftingCanvey Island Leigh Beck (1)Canvey Island South West (81)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Canvey Island Leigh Beck (1)Canvey Island South West (5)
Vehicle CrimeCanvey Island South West (37)Canvey Island North West (57)
Violence and Sexual OffencesCanvey Island Newlands (173)Canvey Island North West (471)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+23%+36%+28%+43%-18%-30%-4%-3%+98%+82%
Bicycle Theft+200%+100%-+50%-60%-67%---75%-86%
Criminal Damage and Arson-36%-41%-11%-22%-57%-3%-13%-4%-9%-13%
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%
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 safest medium-sized towns 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021