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Crime and Safety in Hawkwell

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Hawkwell is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 87th safest overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hawkwell in 2021 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 155% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hawkwell is the 121st safest small town, and the 4,954th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Hawkwell was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2019 was also a bad month for Hawkwell residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for shoplifting, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Hawkwell recorded 2 reports of robbery during March 2015, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Hawkwell are violence and sexual offences, with 213 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 3.3% higher than 2020's figure of 206 offences and a difference of 0.55 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Hawkwell's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Hawkwell 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Essex

122% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

129% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hawkwell is 122% lower than the East of England and 129% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hawkwell Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hawkwell 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 Hawkwell

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202132401
202033415
201940504
201835442
201729371
201627338

Crime in Hawkwell Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Hawkwell This Year

 HawkwellEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14611.5738,40220.80 80% safer
Bicycle Theft10.081,6500.89 1012% safer
Burglary191.515,8403.16 109% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson423.3313,5347.33 120% safer
Drugs141.115,3622.90 161% safer
Other Crime80.633,1801.72 173% safer
Other Theft352.7710,2495.55 100% safer
Possession of Weapons30.241,1820.64 167% safer
Public Order352.7716,4258.89 221% safer
Shoplifting80.637,0953.84 510% safer
Theft From the Person10.081,0380.56 600% safer
Vehicle Crime221.7410,1545.50 216% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21316.8872,86439.46 134% safer

Hawkwell Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Springfield482.291288% safer
Leigh-on-Sea763.26875% safer
Stanway16014.90113% safer
Hawkwell40131.79-
Hockley36336.4613% more dangerous
Wivenhoe29737.3615% more dangerous
Heybridge38945.5130% more dangerous
Saffron Walden81246.7432% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41948.4334% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hawkwell

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Recent Crimes in Hawkwell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Claybrick AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Gregory CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MoorcroftUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roche AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heycroft RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Silverthorn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lesney GardensAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Royer CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near The WesteringsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Main RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketOffender given a caution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Princess GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Main RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HazelwoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Hawkwell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1391112 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.240.240.08 Safer
Burglary2.62.11.41.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.04.03.63.3 Safer
Drugs0.950.871.11.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.711.11.00.63 Safer
Other Theft2.52.51.42.8 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.160.32-0.24No change
Public Order2.44.24.12.8 Getting worse
Shoplifting2.13.21.30.63 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.240.080.08 Safer
Vehicle Crime52.82.11.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15181617 Getting worse

Changes In Hawkwell's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hawkwell to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hawkwell31.79-
Coventry39.9320% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6036% more dangerous
Barnet67.0853% more dangerous
Croydon82.4861% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0365% more dangerous
Bristol90.5265% more dangerous
Leicester111.5972% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0674% more dangerous
Bradford132.2876% more dangerous
Leeds150.9479% 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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+100%+50%+14%+73%+9%--64%+200%+20%+171%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-80%---67%---50%+100%-+150%
Criminal Damage and Arson--86%+33%+100%+33%-83%-71%+50%-40%-
Drugs-------50%---
Other Crime--50%----+100%+50%--
Other Theft-75%--67%+50%-+50%--33%--50%
Public Order-20%+300%-25%-33%-71%-50%-25%-43%-+100%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-75%-33%--------
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 bicycle theft.

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