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Crime and Safety in Halstead, Essex

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Halstead is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Halstead in 2021 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Halstead is the 123rd most dangerous small town, and the 824th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Halstead was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Halstead residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for shoplifting, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Halstead recorded 1 report of theft from the person during January 2021, making its crime rate of 0.08 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Halstead are violence and sexual offences, with 501 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 407 offences and a difference of 7.73 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Halstead's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 300% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Halstead 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

20% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

17% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Halstead is 20% higher than the East of England and 17% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Halstead Crime Rate Over Time

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Halstead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Halstead 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 Halstead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021881,066
202072870
2019821,002
2018871,062
201767809
201654657

Crime in Halstead Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Halstead This Year

 HalsteadEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28123.1138,40220.80 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.161,6500.89 456% safer
Burglary463.785,8403.16 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1058.6313,5347.33 15% more dangerous
Drugs241.975,3622.90 47% safer
Other Crime302.473,1801.72 30% more dangerous
Other Theft685.5910,2495.55 0.72% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons80.661,1820.64 3.0% more dangerous
Public Order12810.5316,4258.89 16% more dangerous
Robbery10.081,2500.68 750% safer
Shoplifting615.027,0953.84 24% more dangerous
Theft From the Person20.161,0380.56 250% safer
Vehicle Crime907.4010,1545.50 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences50141.2072,86439.46 4.2% more dangerous

Halstead Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Dunmow72770.3625% safer
Chigwell1,05275.3516% safer
Great Baddow1,18078.6611% safer
Maldon1,26086.011.9% safer
Epping1,07486.751.0% safer
Halstead1,06687.66-
Waltham Abbey2,308102.7115% more dangerous
Harwich2,083109.9620% more dangerous
Myland1,690112.3122% more dangerous
Rochford1,087113.0422% more dangerous
Tilbury1,764124.9230% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Halstead

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Recent Crimes in Halstead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Upper Fenn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The PippinsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Bois Hall GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pretoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cutting DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Colne Valley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blamsters CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parker WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near The CausewayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Tidings HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sloe HillUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanstead RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Upper Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Halstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26192323 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.490.410.160.16 Safer
Burglary64.93.13.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9779 Getting worse
Drugs0.250.992.02.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.02.02.5 Getting worse
Other Theft1764.36 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.580.580.66 Getting worse
Public Order87811 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.820.410.330.08 Safer
Shoplifting4.673.85 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.250.490.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime64.867 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences33413341 Getting worse

Changes In Halstead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Halstead's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Halstead that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Mill Chase Play Area2-2--037

Comparing Halstead to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93120% safer
Birmingham49.6077% safer
Barnet67.0831% safer
Croydon82.486% safer
Halstead87.66-
Sheffield90.032.6% more dangerous
Bristol90.523.2% more dangerous
Leicester111.5921% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0629% more dangerous
Bradford132.2834% more dangerous
Leeds150.9442% more dangerous

Crime in Halstead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Halstead Central & West868101First

Crime in Halstead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Halstead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Halstead saw a 300% increase in drugs. Halstead saw a large fall in shoplifting during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+171%+35%+83%+67%+24%-35%+45%+73%+41%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Burglary-50%+33%--+50%-40%-33%-50%-17%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson+71%-50%-33%+38%+29%--50%-40%-43%+60%
Drugs-------+100%+300%-
Other Crime-50%-83%+200%-33%+300%+33%-67%---
Other Theft+20%--13%-17%-27%-75%+33%+50%+25%-67%
Possession of Weapons----+100%-----
Public Order+43%+75%-+175%--33%-12%+25%+133%-14%
Robbery-----50%-----
Shoplifting--+50%--92%--75%-80%-73%-86%
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime+300%--64%+150%-57%-50%+14%+67%+100%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-54%-27%-28%+14%+22%+33%-23%-60%-39%-57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Halstead

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

How dangerous is Halstead?
Halstead is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Halstead?
Halstead's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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