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Crime and Safety in Loughton, Essex

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Loughton is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Loughton in 2021 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 9% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Loughton is the 72nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 826th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Loughton was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for drugs, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Loughton residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Loughton recorded 40 reports of shoplifting during July 2021, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst medium-sized town for shoplifting in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Loughton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,178 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 1,062 offences and a difference of 3.50 from 2020's crime rate of 32. Loughton's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 57% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Loughton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

21% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Loughton is 21% higher than the East of England and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Loughton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Loughton represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Loughton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021892,941
2020872,893
2019943,108
2018953,147
2017822,713
2016722,376

Crime in Loughton Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Loughton This Year

 LoughtonEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour73422.1838,40220.80 6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.211,6500.89 324% safer
Burglary922.785,8403.16 14% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2497.5313,5347.33 2.7% more dangerous
Drugs952.875,3622.90 1.0% safer
Other Crime672.023,1801.72 15% more dangerous
Other Theft1785.3810,2505.55 3.2% safer
Possession of Weapons150.451,1820.64 42% safer
Public Order33310.0616,4258.89 12% more dangerous
Robbery240.731,2500.68 7% more dangerous
Shoplifting35810.827,0953.84 65% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.731,0380.56 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3219.7010,1545.50 43% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,17835.6072,86539.46 11% safer

Loughton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rayleigh1,47944.35100% safer
Wickford1,87353.7365% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7565% safer
Brentwood4,47178.5113% safer
Canvey Island3,07979.2612% safer
Loughton2,94188.88-
Witham2,43790.421.7% more dangerous
Braintree4,569101.3912% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.9528% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Loughton

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Recent Crimes in Loughton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alderton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Abbess TerraceAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022BurglaryOn or near ParkmeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near The Greens CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rectory LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Collard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Willingale CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Westall RoadLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Etheridge GreenLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pyrles LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Connaught AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Colson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Coteford CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Alderton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near High RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Loughton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26243722 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.630.540.330.21 Safer
Burglary1163.82.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8978 Safer
Drugs2.74.362.9 Safer
Other Crime1.61.91.32.0 Getting worse
Other Theft773.95 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.850.760.880.45 Safer
Public Order67910 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.91.81.40.73 Safer
Shoplifting1081111 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.31.30.73 Safer
Vehicle Crime1713910 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28343236 Getting worse

Changes In Loughton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Loughton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0832% safer
Croydon82.488% safer
Loughton88.88-
Sheffield90.051.3% more dangerous
Bristol90.521.8% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5920% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0628% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2833% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Loughton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Loughton East1,051114First
Loughton North74076Fourth
Loughton South60976Third
Loughton West53789Second

Loughton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourLoughton South (121)Loughton East (230)
Bicycle TheftLoughton North (1)Loughton West (3)
BurglaryLoughton East (22)Loughton South (26)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLoughton North (58)Loughton East (81)
DrugsLoughton East (20)Loughton South (29)
Other CrimeLoughton North (13)Loughton East (25)
Other TheftLoughton South (30)Loughton East (67)
Possession of WeaponsLoughton South (2)Loughton East (5)
Public OrderLoughton South (48)Loughton East (127)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Loughton South (1)Loughton West (8)
ShopliftingLoughton North (69)Loughton East (150)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Loughton South (2)Loughton West (6)
Vehicle CrimeLoughton South (53)Loughton West (71)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLoughton North (282)Loughton East (443)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+26%+157%+77%+71%+23%+11%+10%+182%+129%
Bicycle Theft---50%-50%+100%-+100%---50%
Burglary-50%-27%-67%-71%-10%-45%-20%--74%-47%
Criminal Damage and Arson+7%-18%-15%+17%-39%+33%-60%-38%-50%-6%
Drugs-6%+145%-6%+350%+36%+54%-10%+75%+38%-53%
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%
Robbery-86%--+67%-50%--+100%+167%-60%
Shoplifting-4%-33%-26%+17%+157%+153%+25%+83%+78%+37%
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 among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns 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.

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