Maldon Crime Overview

Maldon is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 64th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Maldon in 2020 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Maldon is the 175th most dangerous small town, and the 1,277th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Maldon was the worst small town in Essex for drugs, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.89 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Maldon residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Maldon recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Maldon are violence and sexual offences, with 506 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 1.2% higher than 2019's figure of 500 offences and a difference of 0.41 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Maldon's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Maldon This Year

 MaldonEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33522.8749,41426.7617% safer
Bicycle Theft161.091,8671.017% more dangerous
Burglary412.807,1213.8638% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson805.4614,0377.6039% safer
Drugs463.146,4523.4911% safer
Other Crime291.983,2051.7412% more dangerous
Other Theft1016.899,4275.1026% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons120.821,1960.6521% more dangerous
Public Order1037.0315,0938.1716% safer
Robbery30.201,2270.66230% safer
Shoplifting624.237,1183.859% more dangerous
Theft From the Person110.759920.5428% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime594.0310,5505.7142% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50634.5465,39435.412.5% safer

Crime in Maldon Compared To Essex

Maldon Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Dunmow60558.5525% safer
Heybridge50458.9624% safer
Buckhurst Hill75464.0014% safer
Burnham-on-Crouch53266.859% safer
Halstead87071.542.0% safer
Maldon1,06972.97-
Chigwell1,10078.797% more dangerous
Myland1,27384.6014% more dangerous
Epping1,06986.3415% more dangerous
Rochford91394.9523% more dangerous
Waltham Abbey2,312102.8929% more dangerous

Maldon Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour24201823Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.960.481.1Getting worse
Burglary3.854.02.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6995Safer
Drugs0.892.22.93.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.31.52.0Getting worse
Other Theft7987Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.610.140.82Getting worse
Public Order4.94.987Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.340.610.20Safer
Shoplifting2.14.964.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.91.31.40.75Safer
Vehicle Crime3.54.84.44.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20253435Getting worse

Changes In Maldon's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Maldon to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.718% safer
Maldon72.97-
Coventry77.416% more dangerous
Croydon83.2212% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8115% more dangerous
Bristol86.2115% more dangerous
Leicester97.4425% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8729% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2832% more dangerous
Bradford133.0245% more dangerous
Leeds137.1047% more dangerous

Crime in Maldon's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Maldon North68198First
Maldon South38850Second

Crime in Maldon During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Maldon change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Maldon saw a 550% increase in drugs. Maldon saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 86% compared to July in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Maldon's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-34%-+41%-9%-17%+24%+71%+93%+254%+74%
Bicycle Theft-----+50%----
Burglary+300%-20%--33%-86%--83%+100%-50%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%--57%-63%-38%-67%-43%-54%-67%-50%
Drugs-25%+133%-+75%+550%-67%-50%--38%-67%
Other Crime-33%+200%----+200%+100%--
Other Theft+67%-11%-57%-33%+21%-59%+75%-56%-36%-58%
Possession of Weapons+100%---------
Public Order-36%-44%+11%+100%-23%-50%--43%+75%+86%
Robbery-50%---------
Shoplifting-60%--60%--57%-14%+29%+29%+25%-71%
Theft From the Person-----+100%---33%+200%
Vehicle Crime-50%+400%+100%-20%-33%--75%-70%--57%
Violence and Sexual Offences+22%+7%-50%-6%+21%-2%+11%-25%-2%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Maldon

What police force serves Maldon?
Maldon's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Maldon?
Maldon is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Essex.
What is Maldon's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Maldon are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Maldon?
Maldon's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021