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Crime and Safety in Harlow

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Harlow is the second most dangerous major towns in Essex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harlow in 2021 was 116 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harlow is among the top 20 most dangerous major town, and the 382nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Harlow had the worst crime rate in Essex for theft from the person, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Harlow residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 91 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Harlow recorded 27 reports of drugs during August 2016, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst for drugs in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Harlow are violence and sexual offences, with 4,942 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 57. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 4,379 offences and a difference of 6.46 from 2020's crime rate of 50. Harlow's least common crime is robbery, with 70 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 31% from 2020's figure of 92 crimes.

Harlow 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Essex

39% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

34% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Harlow is 39% higher than the East of England and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Harlow Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Harlow 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 Harlow

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111610,087
20201109,557
20191129,725
2018998,611
2017847,321
2016796,918

Crime in Harlow Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Harlow This Year

 HarlowEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,51928.8938,40220.80 28% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft951.091,6500.89 18% more dangerous
Burglary3524.045,8403.16 22% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson94110.7913,5347.33 32% more dangerous
Drugs3534.055,3622.90 28% more dangerous
Other Crime1812.083,1801.72 17% more dangerous
Other Theft6527.4810,2505.55 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons840.961,1820.64 33% more dangerous
Public Order1,14713.1616,4258.89 32% more dangerous
Robbery700.801,2500.68 15% more dangerous
Shoplifting5236.007,0953.84 36% more dangerous
Theft From the Person850.971,0380.56 42% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime6627.5910,1545.50 28% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,94256.6872,86539.46 30% more dangerous

Harlow Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chelmsford9,88383.2239% safer
Colchester13,27896.1320% safer
Grays7,617100.7615% safer
Harlow10,087115.69-
Basildon14,679124.747% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Harlow

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Recent Crimes in Harlow

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near AbbotsweldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milestone RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Nicholls FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near LadyshotUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Oakwood MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Old OrchardInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Morley GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near HospitalInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near West GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Little Grove FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near NightclubLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near BynghamsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near College SquareLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Broadway AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Harlow Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39324129 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.42.71.61.1 Safer
Burglary664.44.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111011 Safer
Drugs2.64.054.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.22.02.1 Getting worse
Other Theft8977 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.960.910.770.96 Getting worse
Public Order9111213 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.41.10.80 Safer
Shoplifting7666 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.730.870.97 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime9998 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39475057 Getting worse

Changes In Harlow's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Harlow's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Long Ley Playing Field26-3-8419
Rectory Field Playing Field2-1-101.7
The Dashes Playing Field653-3813
The Stow Playing Field10-317411

Comparing Harlow to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0872% safer
Croydon82.4840% safer
Sheffield90.0528% safer
Bristol90.5228% safer
Coventry102.2413% safer
Leicester111.593.7% safer
Harlow115.69-
Liverpool123.066% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6411% more dangerous
Bradford132.2813% more dangerous
Leeds150.9423% more dangerous

Crime in Harlow's Neighbourhoods

Passmores & The High is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Harlow, followed by Mark Hall & Templefields in second place, and Staple Tye & Latton Bush as the third most dangerous area. Harlow's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Church Langley, Kingsmoor, and Potter Street.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bush Fair & Brays Grove1,015130Fourth
Church Langley50458Eighth
Kingsmoor56077Seventh
Mark Hall & Templefields1,285168Second
Nettleswell977122Fifth
Passmores & The High2,023239First
Potter Street73299Sixth
Staple Tye & Latton Bush1,021142Third

Harlow Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Harlow for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourChurch Langley (100)Mark Hall & Templefields (374)
Bicycle TheftKingsmoor (1)Passmores & The High (31)
BurglaryChurch Langley (5)Mark Hall & Templefields (58)
Criminal Damage and ArsonChurch Langley (43)Passmores & The High (199)
DrugsKingsmoor (14)Passmores & The High (123)
Other CrimeChurch Langley (8)Mark Hall & Templefields (38)
Other TheftKingsmoor (26)Passmores & The High (134)
Possession of WeaponsChurch Langley (2)Passmores & The High (22)
Public OrderKingsmoor (40)Passmores & The High (238)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bush Fair & Brays Grove (4)Passmores & The High (16)
ShopliftingKingsmoor (2)Passmores & The High (255)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Potter Street (1)Passmores & The High (57)
Vehicle CrimeChurch Langley (15)Mark Hall & Templefields (90)
Violence and Sexual OffencesChurch Langley (275)Passmores & The High (801)

Crime in Harlow During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Harlow change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Harlow saw a 140% increase in theft from the person. Harlow saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019. Harlow saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, and criminal damage and arson.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+9%+68%+63%+13%+21%+28%-7%+14%+67%+60%
Bicycle Theft-13%-39%-20%+27%-43%-46%-33%-50%-64%-22%
Burglary+73%-9%-37%-8%-25%-56%-48%-66%-61%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+1%-11%-24%-1%-23%-18%-23%-23%-6%-7%
Drugs+43%+96%+124%+15%+68%+9%-9%+50%+20%+28%
Other Crime-21%-13%+50%-27%-35%+29%-10%--55%-13%
Other Theft-13%-48%-33%-28%-11%-26%+8%+12%-16%-40%
Possession of Weapons-50%-50%+57%-40%+40%+100%+67%+40%-75%-63%
Public Order-4%-9%+8%+1%+32%+7%+14%+11%+1%+20%
Robbery-+29%-65%+100%-57%-29%-62%-25%+20%+14%
Shoplifting+8%-62%-36%-46%-29%-32%+7%+14%+61%+8%
Theft From the Person--80%-83%-40%+17%+100%+57%+140%-25%+71%
Vehicle Crime+50%-62%-68%-18%-12%+23%+3%+20%+10%-45%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-9%+3%-10%+30%+8%+5%-1%+1%+10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Harlow

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

How dangerous is Harlow?
Harlow is the second most dangerous major town in Essex.

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

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

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