Grays Crime Overview

Grays is the third most dangerous major town in Essex, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Grays in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 19% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Grays is the 36th most dangerous major town, and the 570th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Grays had the worst crime rate in Essex for shoplifting, with 80 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2017 was also a bad month for Grays residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 24 crimes at a rate of 0.32 per 1,000 residents. Grays recorded 90 reports of vehicle crime during February 2017, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for vehicle crime in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Grays are violence and sexual offences, with 2,873 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 1.5% lower than 2019's figure of 2,916 offences and a difference of 0.56 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Grays's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 72 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 81 crimes.

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Crime in Grays Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Grays This Year

 GraysEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,49132.9549,41426.7619% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft841.111,8671.019% more dangerous
Burglary3104.107,1213.866% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson6668.8114,0377.6014% more dangerous
Drugs2553.376,4523.493.6% safer
Other Crime1612.133,2051.7418% more dangerous
Other Theft4666.169,4275.1017% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons720.951,1960.6532% more dangerous
Public Order6498.5915,0938.174.9% more dangerous
Robbery981.301,2270.6649% more dangerous
Shoplifting76610.137,1183.8562% more dangerous
Theft From the Person841.119920.5451% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime78610.4010,5505.7145% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,87338.0165,39435.417% more dangerous

Grays Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford8,75273.7030% safer
Colchester12,75692.354.1% safer
Grays7,27096.17-
Harlow9,580109.8812% more dangerous
Basildon14,364122.0621% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Grays

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Grays Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29252533Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.11.31.31.1Safer
Burglary764.94.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson98109Safer
Drugs2.42.93.03.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.92.02.1Getting worse
Other Theft8876Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.771.10.95Getting worse
Public Order68109Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.51.91.3Safer
Shoplifting16181710Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.51.21.1Safer
Vehicle Crime12141410Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24303938Getting worse

Changes In Grays's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Grays to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% safer
Coventry77.4124% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8112% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Grays96.17-
Leicester97.441.3% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Grays's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chafford & North Stifford40950Sixth
Grays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road92799Third
Grays Town1,231122Second
Little Thurrock South53069Fifth
Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside3,000196First
South Chafford56870Fourth

Grays Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChafford & North Stifford (157)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (869)
Bicycle TheftChafford & North Stifford (3)Grays Town (26)
BurglaryChafford & North Stifford (14)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (120)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChafford & North Stifford (38)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (227)
DrugsLittle Thurrock South (13)Grays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road (61)
Other CrimeLittle Thurrock South (11)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (57)
Other TheftChafford & North Stifford (10)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (208)
Possession of WeaponsSouth Chafford (4)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (25)
Public OrderChafford & North Stifford (37)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (231)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Chafford & North Stifford (5)Grays Town (24)
ShopliftingLittle Thurrock South (14)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (503)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chafford & North Stifford (2)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (48)
Vehicle CrimeGrays Chafford Gorges & Orsett Road (57)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (519)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChafford & North Stifford (203)Purfleet, South Stifford & Lakeside (912)

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021