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Crime and Safety in Great Dunmow

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Great Dunmow is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 73rd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Dunmow in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Dunmow is the 241st most dangerous small town, and the 1,481st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Great Dunmow was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Great Dunmow residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for shoplifting, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Great Dunmow recorded 1 report of theft from the person during September 2018, making its crime rate of 0.10 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Great Dunmow are violence and sexual offences, with 341 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 268 offences and a difference of 7.06 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Great Dunmow's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Great Dunmow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

0.10% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

3.5% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Great Dunmow is 0.10% lower than the East of England and 3.5% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Great Dunmow Crime Rate Over Time

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Great Dunmow Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Great Dunmow represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Great Dunmow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202170727
202059605
201959612
201857585
201745470
201639400

Crime in Great Dunmow Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Great Dunmow This Year

 Great DunmowEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour19719.0738,40220.80 9% safer
Bicycle Theft20.191,6500.89 368% safer
Burglary212.035,8403.16 56% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson626.0013,5347.33 22% safer
Drugs161.555,3622.90 87% safer
Other Crime100.973,1801.72 77% safer
Other Theft434.1610,2495.55 33% safer
Possession of Weapons90.871,1820.64 26% more dangerous
Public Order979.3916,4258.89 5% more dangerous
Robbery20.191,2500.68 258% safer
Shoplifting333.197,0953.84 20% safer
Theft From the Person20.191,0380.56 195% safer
Vehicle Crime898.6110,1545.50 36% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences34133.0072,86439.46 20% safer

Great Dunmow Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
South Woodham Ferrers81350.8838% safer
Buckhurst Hill69859.2419% safer
Tiptree55860.5316% safer
Frinton and Walton1,18560.6916% safer
Burnham-on-Crouch51064.0910% safer
Great Dunmow72770.36-
Chigwell1,05275.357% more dangerous
Great Baddow1,18078.6611% more dangerous
Maldon1,26086.0118% more dangerous
Epping1,07486.7519% more dangerous
Halstead1,06687.6620% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Great Dunmow

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Recent Crimes in Great Dunmow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Street FieldsAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oakroyd AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cedar CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beaumont HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Downs CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Haslers LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Rosemary CrescentFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Street FieldsAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Ash GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lower Mill FieldFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maynard CloseOffender given a caution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The MaltingsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near The CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near WarnersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near The MaltingsFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Lower Mill FieldFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Great Dunmow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21192019 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.29-0.100.19 Safer
Burglary53.13.22.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6656 Safer
Drugs1.41.92.21.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.41.40.97 Safer
Other Theft563.04.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.100.680.87 Getting worse
Public Order4.9679 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.190.680.190.19 Safer
Shoplifting1.64.92.03.2 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.390.190.190.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime9689 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences21232633 Getting worse

Changes In Great Dunmow's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Great Dunmow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9376% safer
Birmingham49.6042% safer
Barnet67.084.9% safer
Great Dunmow70.36-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0322% more dangerous
Bristol90.5222% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Great Dunmow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Great Dunmow64875First

Crime in Great Dunmow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Great Dunmow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Great Dunmow saw a 200% increase in burglary. Great Dunmow saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 92% compared to June in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Great Dunmow's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-20%+26%+35%+92%+44%-6%--20%-21%+64%
Burglary-33%-86%+100%--+50%+100%+200%+50%+100%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-60%-50%-50%-20%-75%-50%+167%-13%-88%
Drugs--50%-+50%+100%-75%-+200%--67%
Other Crime--50%+100%-+200%-----
Other Theft+50%--71%+33%-63%-25%-33%-33%--50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--13%+100%-67%+167%+140%+125%+40%-25%-25%
Shoplifting+50%-60%--92%-67%+200%--33%+50%-
Vehicle Crime-25%-50%--83%+150%-60%+40%+100%+33%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-+63%+87%+17%-5%-41%+85%+11%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Great Dunmow

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

How dangerous is Great Dunmow?
Great Dunmow is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Great Dunmow?
Great Dunmow's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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