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Crime and Safety in Chelmsford

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Chelmsford is the safest major town in Essex, and is the 52nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chelmsford in 2021 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 2.5% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chelmsford is the 53rd safest major town, and the 942nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Chelmsford had the worst crime rate in Essex for bicycle theft, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Chelmsford residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 0.35 per 1,000 residents. Chelmsford recorded 16 reports of theft from the person during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Chelmsford are violence and sexual offences, with 4,591 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 4.5% higher than 2020's figure of 4,384 offences and a difference of 1.74 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Chelmsford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 62 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 4.8% from 2020's figure of 65 crimes.

Chelmsford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, Essex

15% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

12% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chelmsford is 15% higher than the East of England and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chelmsford Crime Rate Over Time

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Chelmsford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021839,883
2020799,390
20199010,664
2018829,750
2017708,273
2016576,808

Crime in Chelmsford Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Chelmsford This Year

 ChelmsfordEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,33719.6838,40220.80 6% safer
Bicycle Theft3452.911,6500.89 69% more dangerous
Burglary4453.755,8403.16 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson7196.0513,5347.33 21% safer
Drugs3162.665,3622.90 9% safer
Other Crime2962.493,1801.72 31% more dangerous
Other Theft7276.1210,2495.55 9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons620.521,1820.64 23% safer
Public Order9978.4016,4258.89 6% safer
Robbery680.571,2500.68 19% safer
Shoplifting6645.597,0953.84 31% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1261.061,0380.56 47% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5274.4410,1545.50 24% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,59138.6672,86439.46 2.1% safer

Chelmsford Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford9,88383.22-
Colchester13,27896.1313% more dangerous
Grays7,617100.7617% more dangerous
Harlow10,086115.6828% more dangerous
Basildon14,679124.7433% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chelmsford

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Recent Crimes in Chelmsford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Melbourne AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Widford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wardle WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Evelyn PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wheatfield WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Darnay RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hurst WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Duke StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near The CedarsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Bishop RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chelmer RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near South Primrose HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Melbourne AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Marconi RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rennie PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chelmsford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23232720 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.43.02.02.9 Safer
Burglary552.73.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8876 Safer
Drugs2.83.83.22.7 Safer
Other Crime3.83.02.42.5 Safer
Other Theft7756 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.840.550.52 Safer
Public Order7888 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.830.810.600.57 Safer
Shoplifting8766 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.20.911.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime563.54.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30363739 Getting worse

Changes In Chelmsford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chelmsford's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Chelmsford that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Coronation Park-----20.35
Lionmede Recreation Ground10-2-207
Pollards Meadow1----00.73

Comparing Chelmsford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93108% safer
Birmingham49.6068% safer
Barnet67.0824% safer
Croydon82.480.90% safer
Chelmsford83.22-
Sheffield90.038% more dangerous
Bristol90.528% more dangerous
Leicester111.5925% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0632% more dangerous
Bradford132.2837% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Chelmsford's Neighbourhoods

Central Chelmsford is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Chelmsford, followed by Waterhouse Lane & Admirals Park in second place, and Melbourne as the third most dangerous area. Chelmsford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Great Baddow North & East, Moulsham East, and Springfield South & Coronation Park.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Chelmsford3,855302First
Galleywood49970Fourth
Great Baddow North & East36046Seventh
Melbourne921111Third
Moulsham East22733Eighth
Moulsham West45456Fifth
Springfield South & Coronation Park42855Sixth
Waterhouse Lane & Admirals Park1,258120Second

Chelmsford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourMoulsham East (44)Central Chelmsford (824)
Bicycle TheftGreat Baddow North & East (3)Central Chelmsford (275)
BurglarySpringfield South & Coronation Park (19)Waterhouse Lane & Admirals Park (98)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMoulsham East (20)Central Chelmsford (236)
DrugsMoulsham East (6)Central Chelmsford (160)
Other CrimeMoulsham East (5)Central Chelmsford (153)
Other TheftMoulsham East (10)Central Chelmsford (270)
Possession of WeaponsGalleywood (1)Central Chelmsford (23)
Public OrderMoulsham East (21)Central Chelmsford (401)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Moulsham West (2)Central Chelmsford (27)
ShopliftingMoulsham East (8)Central Chelmsford (314)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Great Baddow North & East (1)Central Chelmsford (104)
Vehicle CrimeGreat Baddow North & East (24)Galleywood (55)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMoulsham East (104)Central Chelmsford (1,698)

Crime in Chelmsford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chelmsford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Chelmsford saw a 107% increase in drugs. Chelmsford saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and criminal damage and arson both fell year-on-year for every month during Chelmsford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+12%+29%+18%+17%+18%+12%+5%+2%+71%+16%
Bicycle Theft--65%+21%-47%-49%+106%-26%-80%-55%-21%
Burglary-59%-76%-61%-35%-62%+6%-39%-56%-70%-52%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-44%-45%-15%+34%-1%-25%-26%-42%-53%
Drugs-46%+51%+107%-25%--32%-52%-7%-25%-20%
Other Crime-31%+4%+52%-28%+20%-4%-40%-36%-27%-73%
Other Theft-52%-65%-47%-29%-18%+22%+13%-20%-27%-6%
Possession of Weapons-36%-73%+33%-63%-56%+14%-57%-13%+17%-30%
Public Order-23%-28%-10%+8%+30%+55%+11%+2%+15%-23%
Robbery-38%-75%-45%+100%-64%-14%-+33%--71%
Shoplifting+15%-30%-53%-35%+15%+45%-1%+3%-39%-61%
Theft From the Person-50%-55%-92%-86%-53%-13%+67%+8%-72%-38%
Vehicle Crime-67%-81%-58%-54%-12%-49%-40%-17%-20%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-11%-7%+6%+21%+2%+20%-18%+0%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chelmsford

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

How dangerous is Chelmsford?
Chelmsford is the safest major town in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Chelmsford?
Chelmsford's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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