Epping Crime Overview

Epping is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 45th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Epping in 2020 was 86 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Epping is the 92nd most dangerous small town, and the 794th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Epping was the worst small town in Essex for other crime, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Epping residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.97 per 1,000 residents. Epping recorded 12 reports of shoplifting during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.97 the worst small town for shoplifting in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Epping are violence and sexual offences, with 392 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 384 offences and a difference of 0.64 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Epping's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Epping Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Epping This Year

 EppingEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35228.4349,41426.766% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.571,8671.0177% safer
Burglary725.827,1213.8634% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson957.6714,0377.600.91% more dangerous
Drugs433.476,4523.490.58% safer
Other Crime252.023,2051.7414% more dangerous
Other Theft715.739,4275.1011% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.651,1960.650% safer
Public Order1209.6915,0938.1716% more dangerous
Robbery80.651,2270.661.5% safer
Shoplifting927.437,1183.8548% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.979920.5444% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime12410.0210,5505.7143% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences39231.6665,39435.4112% safer

Epping Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.8529% safer
Halstead87071.5421% safer
Maldon1,06972.9718% safer
Chigwell1,10078.7910% safer
Myland1,27384.602.1% safer
Epping1,06986.34-
Rochford91394.959% more dangerous
Waltham Abbey2,312102.8916% more dangerous
Harwich2,027107.0119% more dangerous
Tilbury1,721121.8829% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Epping

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Recent Crimes in Epping

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarks LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Western AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Bakers LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Bakers LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lower Bury LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Lower Bury LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bodley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Theydon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near RavensmereInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Aragon MewsUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Homefield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodberry DownOffender given a caution
August 2021Other theftOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wedgewood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Bower ValeUnable to prosecute suspect

Epping Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41252228Safer
Bicycle Theft0.240.240.730.57Getting worse
Burglary91166Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91088Safer
Drugs1.41.42.53.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.731.41.32.0Getting worse
Other Theft6886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.160.480.320.65Getting worse
Public Order771010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.811.21.20.65Safer
Shoplifting4.0967Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.891.42.10.97Safer
Vehicle Crime12131410Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25263132Getting worse

Changes In Epping's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Epping to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7128% safer
Coventry77.4112% safer
Croydon83.223.7% safer
Sheffield85.810.62% safer
Bristol86.210.15% safer
Epping86.34-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8716% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2820% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% more dangerous

Crime in Epping's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Epping South54585First

Crime in Epping During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Epping change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Epping saw a 900% increase in shoplifting. Epping saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%+28%+25%-+74%+43%+24%+27%+46%+94%
Bicycle Theft------67%-+200%--
Burglary-14%-50%-+100%+200%-+300%+80%-86%-83%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-83%-25%-69%+86%-11%+63%-25%-56%-13%
Drugs-25%+200%+200%+200%-+400%+100%+100%+50%+200%
Other Crime---+100%-50%+200%-67%-+33%-
Other Theft-30%-73%-30%-42%-25%+67%+125%-+25%-20%
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
Public Order+100%-43%-18%-38%-42%-+17%-+33%-18%
Robbery---50%------50%-
Shoplifting-82%+300%-71%-33%+100%+114%+240%+900%+50%+450%
Theft From the Person-50%-----+100%---
Vehicle Crime-65%-20%-80%-55%-67%-84%-23%+11%+7%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-5%+72%-10%+16%+21%+39%-5%-26%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Epping

What police force serves Epping?
Epping's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Epping?
Epping is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex.
What is Epping's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Epping are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Epping?
Epping's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021