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Crime and Safety in Grays, Essex

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Grays is the third most dangerous major towns in Essex, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Grays in 2021 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Grays is the 33rd most dangerous major town, and the 575th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Grays had the worst crime rate in Essex for vehicle crime, with 106 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Grays residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 80 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Grays recorded 25 reports of robbery during January 2016, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst for robbery in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Grays are violence and sexual offences, with 3,162 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 42. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 2,873 offences and a difference of 3.82 from 2020's crime rate of 38. Grays's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 56 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 29% from 2020's figure of 72 crimes.

Grays 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Essex

30% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Grays is 30% higher than the East of England and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Grays Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Grays 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 Grays

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211017,617
2020967,270
20191138,518
20181027,695
2017926,952
2016826,190

Crime in Grays Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Grays This Year

 GraysEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,86824.7138,40220.80 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft630.831,6500.89 7% safer
Burglary2753.645,8403.16 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6628.7613,5347.33 16% more dangerous
Drugs2513.325,3622.90 13% more dangerous
Other Crime1642.173,1801.72 21% more dangerous
Other Theft5357.0810,2505.55 22% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons560.741,1820.64 14% more dangerous
Public Order7379.7516,4258.89 9% more dangerous
Robbery901.191,2500.68 43% more dangerous
Shoplifting6228.237,0953.84 53% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1051.391,0380.56 60% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime89511.8410,1545.50 54% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,16241.8372,86539.46 6% more dangerous

Grays Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford9,88383.2221% safer
Colchester13,27896.134.8% safer
Grays7,617100.76-
Harlow10,087115.6913% more dangerous
Basildon14,679124.7419% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Grays

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Recent Crimes in Grays

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Crammavill StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Castle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near MayfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WingfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wallace RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mary Rose CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Grantham WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Thames RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Seally RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blackmore RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near KendalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Blackshots LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grovelands WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wingrove DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Grays Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25253325 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.31.31.10.83 Safer
Burglary64.94.13.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson81099 Safer
Drugs2.93.03.43.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.02.12.2 Getting worse
Other Theft8767 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.771.10.950.74 Safer
Public Order810910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.91.31.2 Safer
Shoplifting1817108 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.21.11.4 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime14141012 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30393842 Getting worse

Changes In Grays's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Grays to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0850% safer
Croydon82.4822% safer
Sheffield90.0512% safer
Bristol90.5211% safer
Grays100.76-
Coventry102.241.4% more dangerous
Leicester111.5910% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0618% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6422% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9433% more dangerous

Crime in Grays's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chafford & North Stifford40149Sixth
Grays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road990106Third
Grays Town1,505149Second
Little Thurrock South51367Fourth
Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside3,106203First
South Chafford46957Fifth

Grays Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChafford & North Stifford (105)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (645)
Bicycle TheftLittle Thurrock South (1)Grays Town (22)
BurglaryChafford & North Stifford (14)Grays Town (47)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSouth Chafford (38)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (271)
DrugsSouth Chafford (9)Grays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road (67)
Other CrimeLittle Thurrock South (9)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (70)
Other TheftChafford & North Stifford (25)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (228)
Possession of WeaponsChafford & North Stifford (2)Grays Town (18)
Public OrderChafford & North Stifford (28)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (242)
Robbery (inc. mugging)South Chafford (2)Grays Town (34)
ShopliftingChafford & North Stifford (2)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (437)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chafford & North Stifford (1)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (68)
Vehicle CrimeChafford & North Stifford (54)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (604)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChafford & North Stifford (187)Grays Town (667)

Crime in Grays During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Grays change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Grays saw a 267% increase in theft from the person. Grays saw a large fall in shoplifting during May, when it fell by 85% compared to May in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Grays's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+68%+57%+45%+13%+5%+22%+35%+69%+76%
Bicycle Theft-17%+40%-14%-30%-38%-11%+50%-9%-20%+50%
Burglary-41%--51%-23%-33%-30%+29%+43%+28%-28%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-5%-50%-17%-5%-8%-12%-24%+2%-29%
Drugs-23%+100%+25%+6%-16%+23%-5%-9%-26%-24%
Other Crime+9%-+64%+6%-33%+25%+50%-16%+25%-46%
Other Theft-12%-80%-61%+29%-47%+18%+41%+23%-17%-28%
Possession of Weapons-85%-77%+40%-14%+100%+75%+150%-17%+100%-78%
Public Order+2%-20%-23%-31%-21%+70%-20%-16%-42%-17%
Robbery-71%-80%-81%-14%-+160%+50%+88%-61%-30%
Shoplifting-30%-69%-85%-68%-46%-9%-17%-26%-55%-42%
Theft From the Person-9%--43%-20%+100%+133%-20%+22%+267%-44%
Vehicle Crime-49%-45%-55%-49%-32%-26%-23%+2%-27%-26%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-22%-22%-27%-20%+7%+11%-1%+15%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Grays

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

How dangerous is Grays?
Grays is the third most dangerous major town in Essex.

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

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

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