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Crime and Safety in Rayleigh

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Rayleigh is the second safest medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 149th safest overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rayleigh in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 83% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rayleigh is the 24th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,975th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2018, Rayleigh was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for theft from the person, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2016 was also a bad month for Rayleigh residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.06 per 1,000 residents. Rayleigh recorded 11 reports of bicycle theft during September 2015, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Rayleigh are violence and sexual offences, with 760 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 714 offences and a difference of 1.38 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Rayleigh's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 133% from 2020's figure of 21 crimes.

Rayleigh 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

59% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

64% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rayleigh is 59% lower than the East of England and 64% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rayleigh Crime Rate Over Time

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Rayleigh Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Rayleigh 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 Rayleigh

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021441,479
2020451,492
2019521,732
2018461,545
2017371,245
2016371,220

Crime in Rayleigh Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Rayleigh This Year

 RayleighEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37011.1038,40220.80 87% safer
Bicycle Theft180.541,6500.89 65% safer
Burglary661.985,8403.16 60% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1384.1413,5347.33 77% safer
Drugs451.355,3622.90 115% safer
Other Crime220.663,1801.72 161% safer
Other Theft1083.2410,2495.55 71% safer
Possession of Weapons120.361,1820.64 78% safer
Public Order1644.9216,4258.89 81% safer
Robbery130.391,2500.68 74% safer
Shoplifting351.057,0953.84 266% safer
Theft From the Person90.271,0380.56 107% safer
Vehicle Crime892.6710,1545.50 106% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences76022.7972,86439.46 73% safer

Rayleigh Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,24143.701.5% safer
Rayleigh1,47944.35-
Wickford1,87353.7317% more dangerous
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7517% more dangerous
Brentwood4,47178.5144% more dangerous
Canvey Island3,07979.2644% more dangerous
Loughton2,94188.8850% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rayleigh

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Recent Crimes in Rayleigh

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Claydons LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kings CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near King George'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boston AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hockley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Creswick AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lansdowne DriveFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022DrugsOn or near Church StreetLocal resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near UpwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Danbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near York CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bellingham LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jubilee RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near PrisonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hambro' AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rayleigh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12131411 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.390.450.390.54 Getting worse
Burglary2.73.11.72.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.873.34.1 Safer
Drugs0.661.71.91.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.20.750.66 Safer
Other Theft4.74.22.93.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.570.330.36 Safer
Public Order4.54.64.54.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.300.330.300.39 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.12.62.11.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.840.510.630.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.554.42.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212123 Getting worse

Changes In Rayleigh's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Rayleigh's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Rayleigh that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George's Field6-1-533.7

Comparing Rayleigh to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9311% safer
Rayleigh44.35-
Birmingham49.6011% more dangerous
Barnet67.0834% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0351% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Rayleigh's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rayleigh North East24830Second
Rayleigh South East22127Third
Rayleigh South West61268First

Crime in Rayleigh During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rayleigh change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Rayleigh saw a 600% increase in drugs. Rayleigh saw a large fall in other crime during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-70%-24%-13%+58%+29%+47%+25%+75%+146%+62%
Bicycle Theft--+200%-+200%--67%---
Burglary--75%-76%-67%-+67%-64%-75%-56%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-87%-71%-61%-44%-31%-32%-21%-32%-67%
Drugs-80%-43%---50%+80%+40%+600%+67%-29%
Other Crime-67%-+100%-88%--20%+100%-50%--50%
Other Theft-58%-69%-73%-62%+10%-42%-60%-11%-27%+29%
Possession of Weapons-----33%-20%----
Public Order--88%+58%+15%-+71%-6%+129%-46%+33%
Robbery+100%---------
Shoplifting---33%-67%+67%--75%-50%+67%-40%
Theft From the Person-33%------33%---
Vehicle Crime-83%-46%-23%+60%-18%+111%-32%-17%--42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-49%-37%-21%+76%+50%+7%-12%+68%+11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rayleigh

What police force serves Rayleigh?
Rayleigh's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Rayleigh?
Rayleigh is the second safest medium-sized town in Essex.

What is Rayleigh's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Rayleigh are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Rayleigh?
Rayleigh's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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