Saffron Walden Crime Overview

Saffron Walden is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 151st most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Saffron Walden in 2020 was 48 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 63% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Saffron Walden is the 372nd safest small town, and the 3,308th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Saffron Walden was the worst small town in Essex for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Saffron Walden residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Saffron Walden recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during March 2020, making its crime rate of 0.23 the worst small town for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Saffron Walden are violence and sexual offences, with 365 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 1.1% lower than 2019's figure of 369 offences and a difference of 0.23 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Saffron Walden's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 40% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Saffron Walden Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Saffron Walden This Year

 Saffron WaldenEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31718.2549,41426.7647% safer
Bicycle Theft60.351,8671.01189% safer
Burglary321.847,1213.86110% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson965.5314,0377.6037% safer
Drugs412.366,4523.4948% safer
Other Crime90.523,2051.74235% safer
Other Theft764.379,4275.1017% safer
Possession of Weapons60.351,1960.6586% safer
Public Order673.8615,0938.17112% safer
Robbery50.291,2270.66128% safer
Shoplifting683.917,1183.851.5% more dangerous
Theft From the Person160.929920.5441% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime412.3610,5505.71142% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36521.0165,39435.4169% safer

Saffron Walden Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hawkwell41532.9045% safer
Wivenhoe26433.2144% safer
Hockley35435.5634% safer
Stanway40938.0925% safer
South Woodham Ferrers75247.061.3% safer
Saffron Walden82847.66-
Brightlingsea41347.740.17% more dangerous
Tiptree52156.5116% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,11657.1617% more dangerous
Great Dunmow60558.5519% more dangerous
Heybridge50458.9619% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Saffron Walden

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Saffron Walden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour17141518Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.630.350.400.35Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7766Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.20.580.980.52Safer
Other Theft3.7554.4Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.170.350.35Getting worse
Public Order3.
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.861.01.30.92Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences13162121Getting worse

Changes In Saffron Walden's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Saffron Walden's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Saffron Walden that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Anglo-American Memorial Playing Fields3-1-332.0
Bridge End Gardens3-1-331.2
The Common----400.71

Comparing Saffron Walden to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Saffron Walden47.66-
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4138% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8144% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4451% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0264% more dangerous
Leeds137.1065% more dangerous

Crime in Saffron Walden's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Audley End, Ashdon & the Chesterfords23732Second
Saffron Walden Town70752First

Crime in Saffron Walden During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Saffron Walden change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Saffron Walden saw a 400% increase in criminal damage and arson. Saffron Walden saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-46%+8%+75%+121%+44%+10%+106%-+150%+88%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-33%-62%+43%--43%+400%-15%-33%+23%
Other Crime------50%--67%--
Other Theft-17%-89%-67%-17%+20%-25%+83%-27%+50%-9%
Possession of Weapons--------50%--
Public Order--50%-56%--30%-57%+88%-50%+25%+50%
Theft From the Person+300%----50%---67%-86%-
Vehicle Crime-43%+33%-75%-40%-67%+50%+67%+25%-75%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+29%-50%+38%+32%+33%+67%-25%-53%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Saffron Walden

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021