Hockley Crime Overview

Hockley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 109th safest overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hockley in 2020 was 36 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 119% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hockley is the 178th safest small town, and the 5,265th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2016, Hockley was the worst small town in Essex for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2016 was also a bad month for Hockley residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Hockley are violence and sexual offences, with 150 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 165 offences and a difference of 1.50 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Hockley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Hockley Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Hockley This Year

 HockleyEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14514.5649,41426.7684% safer
Bicycle Theft30.301,8671.01237% safer
Burglary212.117,1213.8683% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson494.9214,0377.6054% safer
Drugs202.016,4523.4974% safer
Other Crime70.703,2051.74149% safer
Other Theft242.419,4275.10112% safer
Possession of Weapons10.101,1960.65550% safer
Public Order404.0215,0938.17103% safer
Robbery10.101,2270.66560% safer
Shoplifting202.017,1183.8592% safer
Theft From the Person20.209920.54170% safer
Vehicle Crime161.6110,5505.71255% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15015.0765,39435.41135% safer

Hockley Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Baddow15510.33244% safer
Leigh-on-Sea64727.7328% safer
Springfield66731.7612% safer
Hawkwell41532.908% safer
Wivenhoe26433.217% safer
Hockley35435.56-
Stanway40938.097% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers75247.0624% more dangerous
Saffron Walden82847.6625% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41347.7426% more dangerous
Tiptree52156.5137% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hockley

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Hockley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1291215Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.400.500.30Safer
Burglary3.23.83.02.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.43.34.84.9Getting worse
Drugs0.500.501.52.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.700.600.900.70Safer
Other Theft3.52.92.52.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.300.100.10Safer
Public Order1.72.64.84.0Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.100.200.200.10Safer
Shoplifting1.40.702.02.0Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.300.200.400.20Safer
Vehicle Crime2.52.14.21.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10131715Getting worse

Changes In Hockley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hockley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hockley35.56-
Barnet67.7147% more dangerous
Coventry77.4154% more dangerous
Croydon83.2257% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8159% more dangerous
Bristol86.2159% more dangerous
Leicester97.4464% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8765% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2867% more dangerous
Bradford133.0273% more dangerous
Leeds137.1074% more dangerous

Crime in Hockley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hockley & Hawkwell West54034First

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 10 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021