Halstead Crime Overview

Halstead is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 68th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Halstead in 2020 was 72 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Halstead is the 184th most dangerous small town, and the 1,338th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Halstead was the worst small town in Essex for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Halstead residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Halstead recorded 6 reports of other crime during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.49 the worst small town for other crime in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Halstead are violence and sexual offences, with 407 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 21% lower than 2019's figure of 493 offences and a difference of 7.07 from 2019's crime rate of 41. Halstead's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in Halstead Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Halstead This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28423.3549,41426.7615% safer
Bicycle Theft20.161,8671.01531% safer
Burglary383.127,1213.8624% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson897.3214,0377.603.8% safer
Drugs241.976,4523.4977% safer
Other Crime241.973,2051.7412% more dangerous
Other Theft524.289,4275.1019% safer
Possession of Weapons70.581,1960.6512% safer
Public Order967.8915,0938.173.5% safer
Robbery40.331,2270.66100% safer
Shoplifting463.787,1183.851.9% safer
Theft From the Person60.499920.5410% safer
Vehicle Crime756.1710,5505.717% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences40733.4765,39435.416% safer

Halstead Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Frinton and Walton1,11657.1625% safer
Great Dunmow60558.5522% safer
Heybridge50458.9621% safer
Buckhurst Hill75464.0012% safer
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.857% safer
Maldon1,06972.972.0% more dangerous
Chigwell1,10078.799% more dangerous
Myland1,27384.6015% more dangerous
Epping1,06986.3417% more dangerous
Rochford91394.9525% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Halstead

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Halstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour20261923Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.160.490.410.16Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8977Safer
Drugs0.580.250.992.0Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft121764.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.250.410.580.58Getting worse
Public Order3.8878Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.820.410.33Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.740.250.49Safer
Vehicle Crime564.86Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences20334133Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Halstead to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.716% safer
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8730% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Halstead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Halstead Central & West72484First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-53%+171%+35%+83%+67%+24%-35%+45%+73%+41%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-----
Criminal Damage and Arson+71%-50%-33%+38%+29%--50%-40%-43%+60%
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%
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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021