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Crime and Safety in Saffron Walden

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Saffron Walden is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 151st most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Saffron Walden in 2021 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 74% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Saffron Walden is the 299th safest small town, and the 3,656th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Saffron Walden was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Saffron Walden residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for shoplifting, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Saffron Walden recorded 1 report of theft from the person during April 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Saffron Walden are violence and sexual offences, with 356 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 2.5% lower than 2020's figure of 365 offences and a difference of 0.52 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Saffron Walden's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Saffron Walden 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Essex

51% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

56% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Saffron Walden is 51% lower than the East of England and 56% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Saffron Walden Crime Rate Over Time

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Saffron Walden Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Saffron Walden 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 Saffron Walden

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202147812
202048828
201955958
201848836
201744765
201631542

Crime in Saffron Walden Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Saffron Walden This Year

 Saffron WaldenEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20411.7438,40220.80 77% safer
Bicycle Theft90.521,6500.89 71% safer
Burglary321.845,8403.16 72% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson864.9513,5347.33 48% safer
Drugs271.555,3622.90 87% safer
Other Crime120.693,1801.72 149% safer
Other Theft623.5710,2495.55 55% safer
Possession of Weapons10.061,1820.64 967% safer
Public Order875.0116,4258.89 77% safer
Robbery70.401,2500.68 70% safer
Shoplifting673.867,0953.84 0.52% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.581,0380.56 3.4% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime563.2210,1545.50 71% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35620.4972,86439.46 93% safer

Saffron Walden Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Stanway16014.90214% safer
Hawkwell40131.7947% safer
Hockley36336.4628% safer
Wivenhoe29737.3625% safer
Heybridge38945.512.7% safer
Saffron Walden81246.74-
Brightlingsea41948.433.5% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers81350.888% more dangerous
Buckhurst Hill69859.2421% more dangerous
Tiptree55860.5323% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,18560.6923% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Saffron Walden

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Recent Crimes in Saffron Walden

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near The SpikeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Ozier CourtFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Braybrooke GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mandeville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hollyhock RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Reddings CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near De Vigier AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Fairycroft RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Castle StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Braybrooke GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Harris YardUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Laws CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near De Vigier AvenueLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SpikeUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ChalklandsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Butcher RowUnable to prosecute suspect

Saffron Walden Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14151812 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.350.400.350.52 Getting worse
Burglary4.14.71.81.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665.0 Safer
Drugs1.02.72.41.6 Safer
Other Crime0.580.980.520.69 Safer
Other Theft554.43.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.350.350.06 Safer
Public Order4.44.53.95 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.060.170.290.40 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.34.73.93.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.01.30.920.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.03.12.43.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16212120 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9317% safer
Saffron Walden46.74-
Birmingham49.606% more dangerous
Barnet67.0830% more dangerous
Croydon82.4843% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0348% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Saffron Walden's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Audley End, Ashdon & the Chesterfords20628Second
Saffron Walden Town70952First

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-46%+8%+75%+121%+44%+10%+106%-+150%+88%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--86%-14%-85%-88%--43%--67%+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson+20%-33%-62%+43%--43%+400%-15%-33%+23%
Drugs-+67%-50%-+20%-+50%---67%
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%
Shoplifting--67%-67%-67%-50%-14%+133%-45%-17%+33%
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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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