Heybridge Crime Overview

Heybridge is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 96th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Heybridge in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Heybridge is the 331st most dangerous small town, and the 2,182nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2019, Heybridge was the worst small town in Essex for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.47 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2017 was also a bad month for Heybridge residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Heybridge are violence and sexual offences, with 284 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 241 offences and a difference of 5.03 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Heybridge's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Heybridge Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Heybridge This Year

 HeybridgeEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour18421.5349,41426.7624% safer
Burglary283.287,1213.8618% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson384.4514,0377.6071% safer
Drugs182.116,4523.4965% safer
Other Crime121.403,2051.7424% safer
Other Theft182.119,4275.10142% safer
Possession of Weapons20.231,1960.65183% safer
Public Order738.5415,0938.174.3% more dangerous
Robbery10.121,2270.66450% safer
Shoplifting30.357,1183.851000% safer
Vehicle Crime273.1610,5505.7181% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28433.2265,39435.417% safer

Heybridge Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Saffron Walden82847.6624% safer
Brightlingsea41347.7424% safer
Tiptree52156.514.3% safer
Frinton and Walton1,11657.163.1% safer
Great Dunmow60558.550.70% safer
Heybridge50458.96-
Buckhurst Hill75464.008% more dangerous
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.8512% more dangerous
Halstead87071.5418% more dangerous
Maldon1,06972.9719% more dangerous
Chigwell1,10078.7925% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Heybridge

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Recent Crimes in Heybridge

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heybridge ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Heybridge ApproachUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hazelwood CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near The ChaseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Virley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Heywood CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillary CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillary CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillary CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stock ChaseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Basin RoadLocal resolution
August 2021DrugsOn or near Basin RoadLocal resolution
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lock HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lock HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Colchester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Colchester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Sandpiper CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Heybridge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16171522Getting worse
Burglary2.94.22.93.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.6584.4Safer
Drugs1.50.821.82.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.580.941.91.4Getting worse
Other Theft3.94.962.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.120.700.470.23Safer
Public Order3.4569Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.230.230.470.12Safer
Shoplifting0.700.120.120.35Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.24.43.33.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14222833Getting worse

Changes In Heybridge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Heybridge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Heybridge58.96-
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8131% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Heybridge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Heybridge50459First

Crime in Heybridge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Heybridge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Heybridge saw a 400% increase in anti-social behaviour. Heybridge saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during March, when it fell by 94% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+63%+200%+47%+400%+33%-29%+200%-19%+80%-
Burglary+67%---57%---33%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-94%-33%+75%+250%-40%-75%-40%+33%-67%-
Drugs---67%-+400%-----
Other Crime--50%-+100%-25%--+200%--
Other Theft-+33%-50%-92%--67%--80%--50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-14%+333%-67%+40%+33%+117%+75%+50%-67%+150%
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime--20%---+100%-50%--+75%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%+44%+71%+43%-18%-+80%-20%+14%+136%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Heybridge

What police force serves Heybridge?
Heybridge's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Heybridge?
Heybridge is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Essex.
What is Heybridge's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Heybridge are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Heybridge?
Heybridge's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021