Great Dunmow Crime Overview

Great Dunmow is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 98th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Great Dunmow in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 33% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Great Dunmow is the 342nd most dangerous small town, and the 2,217th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2016, Great Dunmow was the worst small town in Essex for other crime, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2016 was also a bad month for Great Dunmow residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Great Dunmow recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during July 2015, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst small town for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Great Dunmow are violence and sexual offences, with 268 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 239 offences and a difference of 2.81 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Great Dunmow's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Summary of Crimes in Great Dunmow This Year

 Great DunmowEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21120.4249,41426.7631% safer
Bicycle Theft10.101,8671.01910% safer
Burglary333.197,1213.8621% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson535.1314,0377.6048% safer
Drugs232.236,4523.4957% safer
Other Crime151.453,2051.7420% safer
Other Theft313.009,4275.1070% safer
Possession of Weapons70.681,1960.654.4% more dangerous
Public Order716.8715,0938.1719% safer
Robbery20.191,2270.66247% safer
Shoplifting212.037,1183.8590% safer
Theft From the Person20.199920.54184% safer
Vehicle Crime787.5510,5505.7124% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences26825.9465,39435.4137% safer

Crime in Great Dunmow Compared To Essex

Great Dunmow Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
South Woodham Ferrers75247.0624% safer
Saffron Walden82847.6623% safer
Brightlingsea41347.7423% safer
Tiptree52156.513.6% safer
Frinton and Walton1,11657.162.4% safer
Great Dunmow60558.55-
Heybridge50458.960.70% more dangerous
Buckhurst Hill75464.009% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.8512% more dangerous
Halstead87071.5418% more dangerous
Maldon1,06972.9720% more dangerous

Great Dunmow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17211920Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.100.29-0.10Safer
Burglary4.453.13.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6665Safer
Drugs0.681.41.92.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.581.41.41.4Getting worse
Other Theft6563.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.190.100.100.68Getting worse
Public Order4.04.967Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.190.680.19Safer
Shoplifting1.61.64.92.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.390.190.19Safer
Vehicle Crime7968Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14212326Getting worse

Changes In Great Dunmow's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Great Dunmow to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Great Dunmow58.55-
Barnet67.7114% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Great Dunmow's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Great Dunmow53161First

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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021