Loughton Crime Overview

Loughton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Loughton in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Loughton is the 64th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 767th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Loughton was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for drugs, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.60 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Loughton residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for possession of weapons, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents. Loughton recorded 8 reports of robbery during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Loughton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,062 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 1,134 offences and a difference of 2.17 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Loughton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 64% from 2019's figure of 18 crimes.

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Crime in Loughton Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Loughton This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,21436.6949,41426.7627% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.331,8671.01206% safer
Burglary1253.787,1213.862.1% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2276.8614,0377.6011% safer
Drugs2056.206,4523.4944% more dangerous
Other Crime421.273,2051.7437% safer
Other Theft1293.909,4275.1031% safer
Possession of Weapons290.881,1960.6526% more dangerous
Public Order3079.2815,0938.1712% more dangerous
Robbery471.421,2270.6654% more dangerous
Shoplifting35210.647,1183.8564% more dangerous
Theft From the Person431.309920.5458% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3149.4910,5505.7140% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,06232.1065,39435.4110% safer

Loughton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wickford1,77750.9871% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4867% safer
Canvey Island3,14180.858% safer
Witham2,20581.827% safer
Brentwood4,75883.554.6% safer
Braintree4,36696.8810% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,399119.0127% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Loughton

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Loughton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour30262437Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.360.630.540.33Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9897Safer
Drugs2.82.74.36Getting worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft7773.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.820.850.760.88Getting worse
Public Order6679Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Shoplifting710811Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.971.21.31.3Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1517139Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23283432Getting worse

Changes In Loughton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Loughton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7129% safer
Coventry77.4113% safer
Croydon83.225% safer
Sheffield85.811.9% safer
Bristol86.211.4% safer
Leicester97.4410% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Loughton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Loughton East971105First
Loughton North72874Fourth
Loughton South64781Third
Loughton West54790Second

Loughton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Loughton for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLoughton South (268)Loughton West (257)
Bicycle TheftLoughton South (1)Loughton West (4)
BurglaryLoughton South (29)Loughton North (38)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLoughton South (48)Loughton East (69)
DrugsLoughton North (33)Loughton West (76)
Other CrimeLoughton West (6)Loughton East (13)
Other TheftLoughton South (23)Loughton West (31)
Possession of WeaponsLoughton South (6)Loughton East (10)
Public OrderLoughton South (50)Loughton East (128)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Loughton South (3)Loughton East (17)
ShopliftingLoughton West (30)Loughton South (145)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Loughton South (4)Loughton West (22)
Vehicle CrimeLoughton North (78)Loughton West (71)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLoughton South (186)Loughton East (410)

Crime in Loughton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Loughton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Loughton saw a 350% increase in drugs. Loughton saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019. Loughton saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+26%+157%+77%+71%+23%+11%+10%+182%+129%
Bicycle Theft---50%-50%+100%-+100%---50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-18%-15%+17%-39%+33%-60%-38%-50%-6%
Other Crime-40%-78%-50%+100%+25%--63%-63%+33%-
Other Theft-43%-94%-53%-32%-50%+17%-50%-38%-50%-54%
Possession of Weapons-50%-+133%+100%----25%-50%-
Public Order+15%+5%+6%+9%+76%+61%+28%--17%+19%
Theft From the Person+50%---33%-60%--+50%-60%-14%
Vehicle Crime-40%-45%-65%-12%-51%-32%+12%-19%-3%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-43%+5%-+23%+63%-4%-17%-28%-36%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Loughton

What police force serves Loughton?
Loughton's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Loughton?
Loughton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex.
What is Loughton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Loughton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Loughton?
Loughton's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021