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Crime and Safety in Leigh-on-Sea

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Leigh-on-Sea is the second safest small town in Essex, and is among the top 5 safest overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Leigh-on-Sea in 2021 was 3.3 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares similarly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 2389% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Leigh-on-Sea is the 46th safest small town, and the 238th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Leigh-on-Sea was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2018 was also a bad month for Leigh-on-Sea residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Leigh-on-Sea recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during January 2016, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Leigh-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences, with 18 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 0.77. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 17 offences and a difference of 0.04 from 2020's crime rate of 0.73. Leigh-on-Sea's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Leigh-on-Sea 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Essex

2060% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

2134% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Leigh-on-Sea is 2060% lower than the East of England and 2134% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Leigh-on-Sea Crime Rate Over Time

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Leigh-on-Sea Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Leigh-on-Sea 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 Leigh-on-Sea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20213.376
20203.173
20195122
20184.5106
20172.660
20162.149

Crime in Leigh-on-Sea Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Leigh-on-Sea This Year

 Leigh-on-SeaEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour441.8938,40220.80 1001% safer
Bicycle Theft80.341,6500.89 162% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson100.4313,5347.33 1605% safer
Drugs100.435,3622.90 574% safer
Other Theft40.1710,2495.55 3165% safer
Possession of Weapons10.041,1820.64 1500% safer
Public Order100.4316,4258.89 1967% safer
Robbery40.171,2500.68 300% safer
Theft From the Person20.091,0380.56 522% safer
Vehicle Crime90.3910,1545.50 1310% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences180.7772,86439.46 5025% safer

Leigh-on-Sea Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Springfield482.2942% safer
Leigh-on-Sea763.26-
Stanway16014.9078% more dangerous
Hawkwell40131.7990% more dangerous
Hockley36336.4691% more dangerous
Wivenhoe29737.3691% more dangerous
Heybridge38945.5193% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Leigh-on-Sea

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Recent Crimes in Leigh-on-Sea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Belton Way EastUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
October 2021Public orderOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marine ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
September 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Marine ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Public orderOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation 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 Belton Way EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution
August 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Castle DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution

Leigh-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1.11.11.91.9 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.730.560.34 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson0.300.810.470.43 Getting worse
Drugs0.090.130.210.43 Getting worse
Other Theft0.600.470.170.17 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.040.09-0.04 Safer
Public Order0.470.300.040.43 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.040.130.17 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.210.130.09 Safer
Vehicle Crime0.811.50.430.39 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences0.560.810.730.77 Getting worse

Changes In Leigh-on-Sea's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Leigh-on-Sea to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Leigh-on-Sea3.26-
Coventry39.9392% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6093% more dangerous
Barnet67.0895% more dangerous
Croydon82.4896% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0396% more dangerous
Bristol90.5296% more dangerous
Leicester111.5997% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0697% more dangerous
Bradford132.2898% more dangerous
Leeds150.9498% more dangerous

Crime in Leigh-on-Sea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Leigh-on-Sea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Leigh-on-Sea saw a 700% increase in anti-social behaviour. Leigh-on-Sea saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 88% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+100%+400%+43%+400%-67%--67%+700%+300%
Bicycle Theft+50%----+50%--+100%-
Burglary--50%--------
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%--80%-67%------
Drugs----------
Other Theft-----50%-----
Public Order----------
Robbery---+100%------
Theft From the Person----+200%-----
Vehicle Crime--80%-88%--67%-75%---67%-
Violence and Sexual Offences--+100%+50%-+300%--33%--

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Leigh-on-Sea

What police force serves Leigh-on-Sea?
Leigh-on-Sea's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Leigh-on-Sea?
Leigh-on-Sea is the second safest small town in Essex.

What is Leigh-on-Sea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Leigh-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Leigh-on-Sea?
Leigh-on-Sea's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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