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Crime and Safety in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

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Clacton-on-Sea is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Clacton-on-Sea in 2021 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Essex rate of 81 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 town, and the 316th 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 3,566 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 66. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 3,315 offences and a difference of 4.67 from 2020's crime rate of 62. Clacton-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person, with 36 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 40 crimes.

Clacton-on-Sea 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

43% higher, regional crime rate

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38% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Clacton-on-Sea is 43% higher than the East of England and 38% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Clacton-on-Sea Crime Rate Over Time

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Clacton-on-Sea Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Clacton-on-Sea 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 Clacton-on-Sea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211236,611
20201196,399
20191296,919
20181206,435
20171156,165
2016995,310

Crime in Clacton-on-Sea Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Clacton-on-Sea This Year

 Clacton-on-SeaEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,49427.7938,40220.80 25% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft771.431,6500.89 38% more dangerous
Burglary1863.465,8403.16 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson66712.4113,5347.33 41% more dangerous
Drugs2584.805,3622.90 40% more dangerous
Other Crime1312.443,1801.72 30% more dangerous
Other Theft3596.6810,2505.55 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons681.261,1820.64 49% more dangerous
Public Order74813.9116,4258.89 36% more dangerous
Robbery420.781,2500.68 13% more dangerous
Shoplifting2775.157,0953.84 25% more dangerous
Theft From the Person360.671,0380.56 16% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1963.6510,1545.50 51% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,56666.3272,86539.46 41% more dangerous

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

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Brentwood4,47178.5157% safer
Canvey Island3,07979.2655% safer
Loughton2,94188.8838% safer
Witham2,43790.4236% safer
Braintree4,569101.3921% safer
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.95-

Crime Over Time in Clacton-on-Sea

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Recent Crimes in Clacton-on-Sea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Douglas RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weymouth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burstall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dunthorpe RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Trimley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Aylesbury DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Harold RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Elm GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Connaught CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Warwick CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St John'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near AnglefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Clacton-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36323528 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.11.91.81.4 Safer
Burglary554.83.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131312 Safer
Drugs3.25.064.8 Getting worse
Other Crime3.23.22.62.4 Safer
Other Theft9877 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.71.21.3 Safer
Public Order12131314 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.91.30.820.78 Safer
Shoplifting1084.65 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.10.740.67 Safer
Vehicle Crime683.03.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences53606266 Getting 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
Barnet67.0883% safer
Croydon82.4849% safer
Sheffield90.0537% safer
Bristol90.5236% safer
Coventry102.2420% safer
Leicester111.5910% safer
Clacton-on-Sea122.95-
Liverpool123.060.09% more dangerous
Birmingham129.645% more dangerous
Bradford132.287% more dangerous
Leeds150.9419% more dangerous

Crime in Clacton-on-Sea's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Clacton Central2,302321First
Clacton East1,122134Second
Clacton North54378Fourth
Clacton Rush Green880108Third
Holland-on-Sea26940Fifth

Clacton-on-Sea Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHolland-on-Sea (59)Clacton Central (540)
Bicycle TheftClacton Rush Green (6)Clacton Central (47)
BurglaryHolland-on-Sea (6)Clacton Central (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHolland-on-Sea (31)Clacton Central (195)
DrugsClacton North (8)Clacton Central (120)
Other CrimeHolland-on-Sea (3)Clacton Central (34)
Other TheftHolland-on-Sea (16)Clacton Central (137)
Possession of WeaponsClacton North (2)Clacton Central (30)
Public OrderHolland-on-Sea (17)Clacton Central (277)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Clacton North (1)Clacton Central (17)
ShopliftingClacton Rush Green (7)Clacton Central (108)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Clacton Rush Green (2)Clacton Central (23)
Vehicle CrimeHolland-on-Sea (13)Clacton Central (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHolland-on-Sea (158)Clacton Central (1,192)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%+30%+22%+20%+15%+3%-10%-16%+74%+55%
Bicycle Theft-86%-44%+75%-14%-52%+50%+60%-38%+50%-
Burglary-44%-38%+22%-21%-31%-39%-17%+13%-31%+38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%+14%-10%-9%-18%+11%+26%+35%-13%-15%
Drugs-54%+4%+160%-8%-11%+20%+33%+4%+4%-
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%
Robbery-86%-50%+50%+200%-75%-83%-30%-75%-+33%
Shoplifting-57%-74%-85%-76%-9%-59%-25%-35%-37%-28%
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).

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