South Woodham Ferrers Crime Overview

South Woodham Ferrers is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 152nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in South Woodham Ferrers in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 65% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, South Woodham Ferrers is the 354th safest small town, and the 3,384th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, South Woodham Ferrers was the worst small town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.25 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for South Woodham Ferrers residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.38 per 1,000 residents. South Woodham Ferrers recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in South Woodham Ferrers are violence and sexual offences, with 362 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 20% lower than 2019's figure of 434 offences and a difference of 4.50 from 2019's crime rate of 27. South Woodham Ferrers's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in South Woodham Ferrers Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in South Woodham Ferrers This Year

 South Woodham FerrersEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28918.0949,41426.7648% safer
Bicycle Theft161.001,8671.011.0% safer
Burglary422.637,1213.8647% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson644.0114,0377.6090% safer
Drugs352.196,4523.4959% safer
Other Crime221.383,2051.7426% safer
Other Theft422.639,4275.1094% safer
Possession of Weapons70.441,1960.6548% safer
Public Order623.8815,0938.17111% safer
Robbery40.251,2270.66164% safer
Shoplifting503.137,1183.8523% safer
Theft From the Person40.259920.54116% safer
Vehicle Crime422.6310,5505.71117% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36222.6665,39435.4156% safer

South Woodham Ferrers Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Springfield66731.7648% safer
Hawkwell41532.9043% safer
Wivenhoe26433.2142% safer
Hockley35435.5632% safer
Stanway40938.0924% safer
South Woodham Ferrers75247.06-
Saffron Walden82847.661.3% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41347.741.4% more dangerous
Tiptree52156.5117% more dangerous
Frinton and Walton1,11657.1618% more dangerous
Great Dunmow60558.5520% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in South Woodham Ferrers

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South Woodham Ferrers Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour15151118Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.381.20.691.0Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson3.2564.0Safer
Drugs0.691.81.32.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.690.941.4Getting worse
Other Theft2.
Possession of Weapons0.190.250.560.44Getting worse
Public Order3.83.853.9Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.060.380.25Safer
Shoplifting1. worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences15172723Getting worse

Changes In South Woodham Ferrers's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in South Woodham Ferrers's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Compass Gardens21---00.26

Comparing South Woodham Ferrers to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
South Woodham Ferrers47.06-
Barnet67.7130% more dangerous
Coventry77.4139% more dangerous
Croydon83.2243% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8145% more dangerous
Bristol86.2145% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8754% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2856% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in South Woodham Ferrers's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
South Woodham Ferrers North45056First
South Woodham Ferrers South30238Second

Crime in South Woodham Ferrers During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in South Woodham Ferrers change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when South Woodham Ferrers saw a 600% increase in drugs. South Woodham Ferrers saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-13%+43%+7%+256%+93%-+26%+52%+457%+136%
Bicycle Theft-----25%--+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-56%--75%-38%-17%-88%-14%-60%--40%
Other Crime--+100%+500%--33%+100%--50%-
Other Theft-78%+33%-60%+50%-25%-17%-75%-60%-25%-71%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-77%-29%-71%-20%+33%-17%+100%+250%-+50%
Vehicle Crime-73%---67%-25%+50%+100%-50%-25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-60%-26%-5%-40%+30%+7%-6%-28%+5%+28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in South Woodham Ferrers

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021