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Crime and Safety in Chigwell

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Chigwell is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 65th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chigwell in 2021 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 8% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chigwell is the 208th most dangerous small town, and the 1,298th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Chigwell was the worst small town in Essex for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Chigwell residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Chigwell recorded 23 reports of vehicle crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 1.6 the worst small town for vehicle crime in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Chigwell are violence and sexual offences, with 473 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 418 offences and a difference of 3.94 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Chigwell's least common crime is shoplifting, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Chigwell 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

7% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

1.4% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chigwell is 7% higher than the East of England and 1.4% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chigwell Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Chigwell 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 Chigwell

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021751,053
2020791,100
2019881,235
2018741,028
201771985
201657795

Crime in Chigwell Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Chigwell This Year

 ChigwellEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24117.2638,40220.80 21% safer
Bicycle Theft30.211,6500.89 324% safer
Burglary352.515,8403.16 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson674.8013,5347.33 53% safer
Drugs473.375,3622.90 14% more dangerous
Other Crime211.503,1801.72 15% safer
Other Theft755.3710,2505.55 3.4% safer
Possession of Weapons70.501,1820.64 28% safer
Public Order997.0916,4258.89 25% safer
Robbery40.291,2500.68 134% safer
Shoplifting20.147,0953.84 2643% safer
Theft From the Person50.361,0380.56 56% safer
Vehicle Crime21515.4010,1545.50 64% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences47333.8872,86539.46 16% safer

Chigwell Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Buckhurst Hill69859.2427% safer
Tiptree55860.5325% safer
Frinton and Walton1,18560.6924% safer
Burnham-on-Crouch51064.0918% safer
Great Dunmow72770.367% safer
Chigwell1,05375.42-
Great Baddow1,18078.664.1% more dangerous
Maldon1,26086.0112% more dangerous
Epping1,07486.7513% more dangerous
Halstead1,06687.6614% more dangerous
Waltham Abbey2,308102.7127% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chigwell

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Recent Crimes in Chigwell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Woolhampton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dacre CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coopers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High MeadowsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Orange GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dacre GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coolgardie AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Forest AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King'S MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Amanda CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fencepiece RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Emmaus WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near WillowmeadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dacre CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near King'S MewsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chigwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18142017 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.070.210.360.21 Getting worse
Burglary13862.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.4754.8 Safer
Drugs3.12.23.53.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.61.51.5 Getting worse
Other Theft61075 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.140.290.50 Getting worse
Public Order54.267 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.720.931.20.29 Safer
Shoplifting0.791.20.140.14 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.500.210.36 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime17211715 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21323034 Getting worse

Changes In Chigwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chigwell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0812% safer
Chigwell75.42-
Croydon82.489% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0516% more dangerous
Bristol90.5217% more dangerous
Coventry102.2426% more dangerous
Leicester111.5932% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0639% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6442% more dangerous
Bradford132.2843% more dangerous
Leeds150.9450% more dangerous

Crime in Chigwell's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chigwell49474Second
Grange Hill55976First

Crime in Chigwell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chigwell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Chigwell saw a 700% increase in public order. Chigwell saw a large fall in robbery during September, when it fell by 80% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+333%+93%-26%+8%+26%-6%+18%+164%+117%
Burglary---20%-63%+17%+25%+67%-14%-43%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson---67%-69%-+100%--25%-44%-64%
Drugs--+67%-50%+50%+150%-+267%+300%-43%
Other Crime---+300%-+100%-+100%-60%-
Other Theft+22%--40%-31%-71%-60%-60%-18%-38%-68%
Public Order+33%+33%-+700%+225%--38%+150%+40%-43%
Robbery-50%------80%+100%+200%-
Shoplifting----------
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-29%+7%-52%-16%+43%-29%+3%-13%-23%-70%
Violence and Sexual Offences+69%-45%-18%+6%+8%+18%+2%-11%-36%-39%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chigwell

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

How dangerous is Chigwell?
Chigwell is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Chigwell?
Chigwell's least common crime is shoplifting.

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