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Crime and Safety in Harwich

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Harwich is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Harwich in 2021 was 110 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Harwich is the 53rd most dangerous small town, and the 434th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Harwich was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Harwich residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Harwich recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for criminal damage and arson in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Harwich are violence and sexual offences, with 1,164 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 1,023 offences and a difference of 7.45 from 2020's crime rate of 54. Harwich's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 86% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Harwich 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

36% 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 Harwich is 36% higher than the East of England and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Harwich Crime Rate Over Time

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Harwich Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Harwich 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 Harwich

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211102,083
20201072,027
20191021,932
2018911,732
2017791,503
2016781,485

Crime in Harwich Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Harwich This Year

 HarwichEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour48825.7638,40220.80 19% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.371,6500.89 141% safer
Burglary864.545,8403.16 30% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson22011.6113,5347.33 37% more dangerous
Drugs914.805,3622.90 40% more dangerous
Other Crime502.643,1801.72 35% more dangerous
Other Theft1015.3310,2495.55 4.1% safer
Possession of Weapons221.161,1820.64 45% more dangerous
Public Order23812.5616,4258.89 29% more dangerous
Robbery120.631,2500.68 8% safer
Shoplifting361.907,0953.84 102% safer
Theft From the Person100.531,0380.56 6% safer
Vehicle Crime462.4310,1545.50 126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,16461.4572,86439.46 36% more dangerous

Harwich Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Baddow1,18078.6640% safer
Maldon1,26086.0128% safer
Epping1,07486.7527% safer
Halstead1,06687.6625% safer
Waltham Abbey2,308102.717% safer
Harwich2,083109.96-
Myland1,690112.312.1% more dangerous
Rochford1,087113.042.7% more dangerous
Tilbury1,764124.9212% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Harwich

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Recent Crimes in Harwich

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near KingswayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hordle PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Victoria StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pound Farm DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marine ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near King'S Head StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Princes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near RosebankUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hazelville CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Grange RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dockfield AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Musgrave CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ferry TerminalUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Hordle PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Little Church StreetUnable to prosecute suspect

Harwich Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32323526 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.30.690.37 Safer
Burglary7674.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10151212 Safer
Drugs1.62.53.84.8 Getting worse
Other Crime2.12.72.42.6 Getting worse
Other Theft10765 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.951.01.2 Getting worse
Public Order991313 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.630.580.530.63 Getting worse
Shoplifting73.71.81.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.580.530.160.53 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.2662.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36465461 Getting worse

Changes In Harwich's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Harwich to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93175% safer
Birmingham49.60122% safer
Barnet67.0864% safer
Croydon82.4833% safer
Sheffield90.0322% safer
Bristol90.5221% safer
Harwich109.96-
Leicester111.591.5% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0611% more dangerous
Bradford132.2817% more dangerous
Leeds150.9427% more dangerous

Crime in Harwich's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Harwich Parkeston976125Second
Harwich Town & Dovercourt942144First

Crime in Harwich During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Harwich change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Harwich saw a 800% increase in vehicle crime. Harwich saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 91% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%-3%-9%-26%+65%+47%+10%+41%+2%+38%
Bicycle Theft-50%----67%-67%----
Burglary+25%+50%+25%+38%+13%-56%-33%+25%-77%+120%
Criminal Damage and Arson-34%-55%-39%--5%-10%+6%+67%-56%-6%
Drugs-14%+100%+150%+200%+50%+600%+150%-+100%+17%
Other Crime+300%--40%-63%+167%+100%+400%-67%-44%-
Other Theft-60%-91%+38%---15%+38%-33%+50%+14%
Possession of Weapons-67%-+400%--+50%+133%--67%-
Public Order+80%+9%+31%+160%+68%+43%-30%--44%+64%
Robbery--25%-----+200%--
Shoplifting--89%-67%-40%--+50%+100%-60%+300%
Theft From the Person---50%-------
Vehicle Crime-36%+6%+800%+33%-14%-82%+83%+67%-43%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+12%-+24%-19%+41%+10%+49%+5%+3%+23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Harwich

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

How dangerous is Harwich?
Harwich is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex.

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

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

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