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Crime and Safety in Hockley

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Hockley is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 107th safest overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hockley in 2021 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 123% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hockley is the 155th safest small town, and the 5,313rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Hockley was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for theft from the person, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2016 was also a bad month for Hockley residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.40 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Hockley are violence and sexual offences, with 200 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 150 offences and a difference of 5.02 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Hockley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Hockley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, Essex

93% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

100% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hockley is 93% lower than the East of England and 100% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hockley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hockley 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 Hockley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202136363
202036354
201942414
201831310
201728280
201624243

Crime in Hockley Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Hockley This Year

 HockleyEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11411.4538,40220.80 82% safer
Bicycle Theft50.501,6500.89 78% safer
Burglary313.115,8403.16 1.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson232.3113,5347.33 217% safer
Drugs60.605,3622.90 383% safer
Other Crime80.803,1801.72 115% safer
Other Theft171.7110,2495.55 225% safer
Possession of Weapons20.201,1820.64 220% safer
Public Order313.1116,4258.89 186% safer
Robbery50.501,2500.68 36% safer
Shoplifting131.317,0953.84 193% safer
Theft From the Person40.401,0380.56 40% safer
Vehicle Crime181.8110,1545.50 204% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20020.0972,86439.46 96% safer

Hockley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Springfield482.291492% safer
Leigh-on-Sea763.261018% safer
Stanway16014.90145% safer
Hawkwell40131.7915% safer
Hockley36336.46-
Wivenhoe29737.362.4% more dangerous
Heybridge38945.5120% more dangerous
Saffron Walden81246.7422% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41948.4325% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers81350.8828% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hockley

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Recent Crimes in Hockley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mount AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broadlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The SpinneysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Spa RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hawthorne GardensOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Main RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Kent Green CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bullwood ApproachUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gay BowersAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Greensward LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Wood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broad ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sudeley GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckingham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wood EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodpond AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Hockley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9121511 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.500.300.50 Getting worse
Burglary3.83.02.13.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.34.84.92.3 Safer
Drugs0.501.52.00.60 Safer
Other Crime0.600.900.700.80 Getting worse
Other Theft2.92.52.41.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.300.100.100.20 Getting worse
Public Order2.64.84.03.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.200.100.50 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.702.02.01.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.400.200.40 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.14.21.61.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13171520 Getting worse

Changes In Hockley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hockley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hockley36.46-
Coventry39.939% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6026% more dangerous
Barnet67.0846% more dangerous
Croydon82.4856% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0360% more dangerous
Bristol90.5260% more dangerous
Leicester111.5967% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0670% more dangerous
Bradford132.2872% more dangerous
Leeds150.9476% more dangerous

Crime in Hockley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hockley & Hawkwell West55234First

Crime in Hockley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hockley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Hockley saw a 500% increase in criminal damage and arson. Hockley saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 90% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%-35%-+467%+171%-+80%+67%+33%+50%
Burglary-17%--50%-+100%--+100%+200%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%--50%+25%+500%--60%-33%+100%-
Drugs--------50%--
Other Crime--------33%-50%-
Other Theft--67%--67%+100%-50%--50%-+67%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-86%-50%+100%-33%-14%+100%+100%+33%-33%-
Shoplifting-67%-50%-+100%---+100%--
Vehicle Crime-67%-50%+100%--60%-83%-90%-50%-67%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences--88%-18%+108%+100%-36%-50%-+130%-47%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hockley

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

How dangerous is Hockley?
Hockley is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Hockley?
Hockley's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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