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Crime and Safety in Great Baddow

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Great Baddow is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Baddow in 2021 was 79 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 3.1% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Baddow is the 185th most dangerous small town, and the 1,156th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Great Baddow was the worst small town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Great Baddow residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Great Baddow recorded 4 reports of robbery during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst small town for robbery in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Great Baddow are violence and sexual offences, with 541 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 76% higher than 2020's figure of 128 offences and a difference of 27.53 from 2020's crime rate of 9. Great Baddow's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2021.

Great Baddow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

10% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

2.8% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Great Baddow is 10% higher than the East of England and 2.8% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Great Baddow Crime Rate Over Time

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Great Baddow Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Great Baddow 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 Great Baddow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021791,180
202017256
2019801,203
2018731,098
201754805
201646690

Crime in Great Baddow Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Great Baddow This Year

 Great BaddowEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32221.4738,40220.80 3.1% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.731,6500.89 22% safer
Burglary624.135,8403.16 23% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1097.2713,5347.33 0.83% safer
Drugs442.935,3622.90 1.0% more dangerous
Other Crime261.733,1801.72 0.58% more dangerous
Other Theft906.0010,2505.55 8% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons100.671,1820.64 4.5% more dangerous
Public Order1429.4716,4258.89 6% more dangerous
Robbery100.671,2500.68 1.5% safer
Shoplifting503.337,0953.84 15% safer
Theft From the Person40.271,0380.56 107% safer
Vehicle Crime815.4010,1545.50 1.9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54136.0672,86539.46 9% safer

Great Baddow Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tiptree55860.5330% safer
Frinton and Walton1,18560.6930% safer
Burnham-on-Crouch51064.0923% safer
Great Dunmow72770.3612% safer
Chigwell1,05375.424.3% safer
Great Baddow1,18078.66-
Maldon1,26086.019% more dangerous
Epping1,07486.759% more dangerous
Halstead1,06687.6610% more dangerous
Waltham Abbey2,308102.7123% more dangerous
Harwich2,083109.9628% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Baddow

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Recent Crimes in Great Baddow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park View CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Spooner CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near AshmeadsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Lambourne ChaseLocal resolution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Longmore AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pearl SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dorset CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near North DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Longfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Great Baddow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19233021 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.30.930.070.73 Safer
Burglary93.10.734.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson681.67 Getting worse
Drugs2.13.51.32.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.70.731.7 Getting worse
Other Theft660.806No change
Possession of Weapons0.800.930.130.67 Getting worse
Public Order791.89 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.331.10.070.67 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.24.50.133.3 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.40-0.27 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime651.25 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences3036936 Getting worse

Changes In Great Baddow's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Baddow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0817% safer
Great Baddow78.66-
Croydon82.484.6% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0513% more dangerous
Bristol90.5213% more dangerous
Coventry102.2423% more dangerous
Leicester111.5930% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0636% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6439% more dangerous
Bradford132.2841% more dangerous
Leeds150.9448% more dangerous

Crime in Great Baddow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Great Baddow South & West95495First

Crime in Great Baddow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Great Baddow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Great Baddow saw a 143% increase in anti-social behaviour. Great Baddow saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during December, when it fell by 96% compared to December in 2019. Public Order saw a fall in every month of Great Baddow's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+38%+143%+7%+24%+9%+35%+71%+16%+137%+78%
Burglary-----80%--50%-86%-80%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-80%-86%--89%-78%-88%-89%-92%-91%-
Drugs---33%-33%-80%---88%--50%
Other Crime----67%---67%-75%--67%
Other Theft----71%----50%--
Possession of Weapons---------75%-
Public Order-86%--67%-94%-89%-83%-75%-57%-80%-80%
Robbery-50%---------
Vehicle Crime---89%-83%-71%--75%--71%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-81%-72%-82%-85%-78%-67%-82%-92%-86%-96%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Great Baddow

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

How dangerous is Great Baddow?
Great Baddow is among the top 10 most dangerous small town in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Great Baddow?
Great Baddow's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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