Hawkwell Crime Overview

Hawkwell is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 92nd safest overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hawkwell in 2020 was 33 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 137% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hawkwell is the 151st safest small town, and the 5,576th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2016, Hawkwell was the worst small town in Essex for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2015 was also a bad month for Hawkwell residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Hawkwell are violence and sexual offences, with 206 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 224 offences and a difference of 1.43 from 2019's crime rate of 18. Hawkwell's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

Compare Hawkwell to other towns and cities

See how Hawkwell shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Hawkwell and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Hawkwell Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Hawkwell This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14511.4949,41426.76133% safer
Bicycle Theft30.241,8671.01321% safer
Burglary171.357,1213.86186% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson453.5714,0377.60113% safer
Drugs141.116,4523.49214% safer
Other Crime131.033,2051.7469% safer
Other Theft181.439,4275.10257% safer
Public Order524.1215,0938.1798% safer
Robbery30.241,2270.66175% safer
Shoplifting161.277,1183.85203% safer
Theft From the Person10.089920.54575% safer
Vehicle Crime272.1410,5505.71167% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20616.3365,39435.41117% safer

Hawkwell Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Baddow15510.33218% safer
Leigh-on-Sea64727.7319% safer
Springfield66731.763.6% safer
Wivenhoe26433.210.93% more dangerous
Hockley35435.567% more dangerous
Stanway40938.0914% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers75247.0630% more dangerous
Saffron Walden82847.6631% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hawkwell

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Hawkwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1213911Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.16-0.240.24Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson4.
Drugs0.320.950.871.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.480.711.11.0Getting worse
Other Theft2.
Public Order1. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.080.480.24Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.08-0.240.08Safer
Vehicle Crime4.252.82.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10151816Getting worse

Changes In Hawkwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hawkwell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7151% more dangerous
Coventry77.4157% more dangerous
Croydon83.2260% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8162% more dangerous
Bristol86.2162% more dangerous
Leicester97.4466% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8768% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2869% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% more dangerous

Crime in Hawkwell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hawkwell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Hawkwell saw a 300% increase in public order. Hawkwell saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+50%+14%+73%+9%--64%+200%+20%+171%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson--86%+33%+100%+33%-83%-71%+50%-40%-
Other Crime--50%----+100%+50%--
Other Theft-75%--67%+50%-+50%--33%--50%
Public Order-20%+300%-25%-33%-71%-50%-25%-43%-+100%
Vehicle Crime+33%-33%-50%-80%+200%+50%--50%-75%+50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+86%-6%-20%+73%+15%-48%-22%-86%-36%+110%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hawkwell

What police force serves Hawkwell?
Hawkwell's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Hawkwell?
Hawkwell is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex.
What is Hawkwell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hawkwell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hawkwell?
Hawkwell's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021