Clacton-on-Sea Crime Overview

Clacton-on-Sea is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clacton-on-Sea in 2020 was 119 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Clacton-on-Sea is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 281st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2019, Clacton-on-Sea had the worst crime rate in Essex for possession of weapons, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Clacton-on-Sea residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 18 crimes at a rate of 0.33 per 1,000 residents. Clacton-on-Sea recorded 34 reports of drugs during May 2016, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst for drugs in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Clacton-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences, with 3,315 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 62. This is 2.9% higher than 2019's figure of 3,219 offences and a difference of 1.78 from 2019's crime rate of 60. Clacton-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person, with 40 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 45% from 2019's figure of 58 crimes.

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

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Crime in Clacton-on-Sea Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Clacton-on-Sea This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,88635.0849,41426.7624% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft941.751,8671.0142% more dangerous
Burglary2614.857,1213.8620% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson67512.5514,0377.6039% more dangerous
Drugs3105.776,4523.4940% more dangerous
Other Crime1422.643,2051.7434% more dangerous
Other Theft3606.709,4275.1024% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons671.251,1960.6548% more dangerous
Public Order68312.7015,0938.1736% more dangerous
Robbery440.821,2270.6620% more dangerous
Shoplifting2474.597,1183.8516% more dangerous
Theft From the Person400.749920.5427% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1612.9910,5505.7191% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,31561.6565,39435.4143% more dangerous

Clacton-on-Sea Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Canvey Island3,14180.8547% safer
Witham2,20581.8245% safer
Brentwood4,75883.5542% safer
Loughton2,89387.4336% safer
Braintree4,36696.8823% safer

Crime Over Time in Clacton-on-Sea

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Clacton-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour40363235Safer
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson12131313Safer
Drugs3.03.25.06Getting worse
Other Crime2.
Other Theft9987Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order9121313Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime9683.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41536062Getting worse

Changes In Clacton-on-Sea's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Clacton-on-Sea to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7176% safer
Coventry77.4154% safer
Croydon83.2243% safer
Sheffield85.8139% safer
Bristol86.2138% safer
Leicester97.4422% safer
Birmingham102.8716% safer
Liverpool107.2811% safer
Bradford133.0211% more dangerous
Leeds137.1013% more dangerous

Crime in Clacton-on-Sea's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clacton Central2,233311First
Clacton East1,052126Second
Clacton North51674Fourth
Clacton Rush Green840103Third

Clacton-on-Sea Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHolland-on-Sea (101)Clacton Central (681)
Bicycle TheftClacton North (1)Clacton Central (54)
BurglaryHolland-on-Sea (13)Clacton Central (72)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHolland-on-Sea (34)Clacton Central (192)
DrugsHolland-on-Sea (9)Clacton Central (141)
Other CrimeClacton North (6)Clacton Central (42)
Other TheftHolland-on-Sea (19)Clacton Central (137)
Possession of WeaponsHolland-on-Sea (1)Clacton Central (28)
Public OrderHolland-on-Sea (25)Clacton Central (250)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clacton North (1)Clacton Central (20)
ShopliftingClacton Rush Green (8)Clacton Central (141)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Clacton Rush Green (1)Clacton Central (27)
Vehicle CrimeClacton North (14)Clacton East (33)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHolland-on-Sea (138)Clacton Central (1,101)

Crime in Clacton-on-Sea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Clacton-on-Sea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Clacton-on-Sea saw a 300% increase in theft from the person. Clacton-on-Sea saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+30%+22%+20%+15%+3%-10%-16%+74%+55%
Bicycle Theft-86%-44%+75%-14%-52%+50%+60%-38%+50%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%+14%-10%-9%-18%+11%+26%+35%-13%-15%
Other Crime-10%+33%-27%-40%+33%+50%-8%-7%-50%-45%
Other Theft--24%-63%-40%-40%+13%-9%+14%-21%+37%
Possession of Weapons-29%--25%-20%-71%+38%+100%+17%-54%+20%
Public Order-8%-25%+6%-14%-4%+28%-24%+1%+7%-3%
Theft From the Person-25%-75%-40%-43%--50%+300%-67%-75%-
Vehicle Crime-71%-74%-48%-55%-55%-81%-70%-81%-65%-19%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-6%-16%+26%+5%+7%+5%+26%-11%+8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Clacton-on-Sea

What police force serves Clacton-on-Sea?
Clacton-on-Sea's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Clacton-on-Sea?
Clacton-on-Sea is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex.
What is Clacton-on-Sea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Clacton-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Clacton-on-Sea?
Clacton-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021