Rayleigh Crime Overview

Rayleigh is the second safest medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 154th safest overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rayleigh in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 72% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rayleigh is the 27th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,617th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2015, Rayleigh was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2015 was also a bad month for Rayleigh residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents. Rayleigh recorded 9 reports of theft from the person during February 2015, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Rayleigh are violence and sexual offences, with 718 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 1.5% higher than 2019's figure of 707 offences and a difference of 0.33 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Rayleigh's least common crime is robbery, with 10 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Rayleigh Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Rayleigh This Year

 RayleighEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46113.8249,41426.7694% safer
Bicycle Theft130.391,8671.01159% safer
Burglary611.837,1213.86111% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1113.3314,0377.60128% safer
Drugs641.926,4523.4982% safer
Other Crime250.753,2051.74132% safer
Other Theft982.949,4275.1073% safer
Possession of Weapons120.361,1960.6581% safer
Public Order1524.5615,0938.1779% safer
Robbery100.301,2270.66120% safer
Shoplifting712.137,1183.8581% safer
Theft From the Person210.639920.5414% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1514.5310,5505.7126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences71821.5365,39435.4164% safer

Rayleigh Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,21342.716% safer
Rayleigh1,50745.19-
Wickford1,77750.9811% more dangerous
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4814% more dangerous
Canvey Island3,14180.8544% more dangerous
Witham2,20581.8245% more dangerous
Brentwood4,75883.5546% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rayleigh

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Recent Crimes in Rayleigh

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021RobberyOn or near Jubilee RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Oakhurst RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arundel GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillview RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near KemblesUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Priory ChaseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetLocal resolution
August 2021Other theftOn or near West View DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bull LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Boston AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boston AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Dene GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheriton SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sheriton SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vernon AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mount AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Francis WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Francis WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rayleigh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15121314Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.300.390.450.39Getting worse
Burglary3.12.73.11.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.64.973.3Safer
Drugs1.10.721.71.9Getting worse
Other Crime0.541.21.20.75Safer
Other Theft3.24.84.22.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.270.570.36Safer
Public Order2.34.74.74.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.330.360.30Safer
Shoplifting3.54.12.62.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.840.510.63Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.73.554.5Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences14182122Getting 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 2020.

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
Rayleigh45.19-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4142% more dangerous
Croydon83.2246% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Rayleigh's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Rayleigh North East24530Third
Rayleigh South East25231Second
Rayleigh South West62670First

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%-21%-13%+58%+29%+47%+28%+75%+150%+65%
Bicycle Theft--+200%-+200%--67%---
Burglary--75%-76%-67%-+67%-36%-75%-56%-64%
Criminal Damage and Arson-15%-87%-71%-61%-47%-36%-32%-21%-32%-67%
Drugs-60%-43%---50%+100%+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-67%----33%-20%----
Public Order--88%+67%+7%+8%+60%-6%+129%-46%+33%
Robbery+100%---------
Shoplifting---33%-67%+67%--75%-50%+67%-40%
Theft From the Person-33%------33%---
Vehicle Crime-83%-38%-23%+80%-18%+111%-32%-17%--46%
Violence and Sexual Offences-33%-49%-36%-23%+76%+54%+7%-12%+56%+6%

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021