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Crime and Safety in Southend-on-Sea

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Southend-on-Sea is the most dangerous city in Essex, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southend-on-Sea in 2021 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 26% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southend-on-Sea is among the top 10 most dangerous cities, and the 463rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Southend-on-Sea had the worst crime rate in Essex for bicycle theft, with 41 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Southend-on-Sea residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 56 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Southend-on-Sea recorded 147 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.79 the worst for criminal damage and arson in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Southend-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences, with 10,296 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 56. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 8,971 offences and a difference of 7.16 from 2020's crime rate of 48. Southend-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person, with 169 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 15% from 2020's figure of 144 crimes.

Southend-on-Sea 2022 Crime Scorecard

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36% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

30% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southend-on-Sea is 36% higher than the East of England and 30% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southend-on-Sea Crime Rate Over Time

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Southend-on-Sea Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Southend-on-Sea represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Southend-on-Sea

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202110920,251
202010218,855
201911421,014
201810419,292
20178215,256
20168215,215

Crime in Southend-on-Sea Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Southend-on-Sea This Year

 Southend-on-SeaEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,66730.6138,40220.80 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3461.871,6500.89 52% more dangerous
Burglary8704.705,8403.16 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7229.3013,5347.33 21% more dangerous
Drugs7564.085,3622.90 29% more dangerous
Other Crime3702.003,1801.72 14% more dangerous
Other Theft1,3477.2810,2505.55 24% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1901.031,1820.64 38% more dangerous
Public Order2,25412.1816,4258.89 27% more dangerous
Robbery2991.621,2500.68 58% more dangerous
Shoplifting7924.287,0953.84 10% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1690.911,0380.56 38% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8404.5410,1545.50 21% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10,29655.6272,86539.46 29% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southend-on-Sea

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Recent Crimes in Southend-on-Sea

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Outing CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lovelace GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Holmsdale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stromness RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Helen'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Baltic AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanier CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ronald Hill GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nelson RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Milton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Westminster DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Balmoral RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cobham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Canterbury AvenueFurther action is not in the public interest
April 2022DrugsOn or near Outing CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Norwich CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lovelace GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Rayleigh AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Southend-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36304031 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.51.82.11.9 Safer
Burglary8654.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1212109 Safer
Drugs2.74.04.44.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.42.02.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9867 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.11.21.0 Getting worse
Public Order9111112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.61.51.31.6 Getting worse
Shoplifting763.54.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.10.780.91 Safer
Vehicle Crime9864.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41524856 Getting worse

Changes In Southend-on-Sea's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southend-on-Sea's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bonchurch Recreation Ground81---213
Chalkwell Park-532852.2
Cockethurst Recreation Ground1----00.55
Priory Park11-2-531.2
Shoebury Common-----10.34
Shoeburyness Park61231467
Southchurch Hall Gardens25---5618
Southchurch Park17---562.2

Comparing Southend-on-Sea to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0863% safer
Croydon82.4833% safer
Sheffield90.0521% safer
Bristol90.5221% safer
Coventry102.247% safer
Southend-on-Sea109.40-
Leicester111.592.0% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0611% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6416% more dangerous
Bradford132.2817% more dangerous
Leeds150.9428% more dangerous

Crime in Southend-on-Sea's Neighbourhoods

Southend Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Southend-on-Sea, followed by Victoria in second place, and Kursaal as the third most dangerous area. Southend-on-Sea's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Eastwood Park, Thorpe Bay, and West Leigh.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Blenheim Park7767011th
Chalkwell1,171111Fifth
Eastwood80877Eighth
Eastwood Park4875113th
Kursaal2,514204Third
Leigh6145912th
Prittlewell1,241117Fourth
Shoeburyness1,01284Sixth
Southend Central3,313283First
St Lukes83073Ninth
Thorpe Bay4695114th
Victoria3,438267Second
West Leigh4004215th
West Shoebury87483Seventh
Westborough80071Tenth

Southend-on-Sea Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Southend-on-Sea for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWest Leigh (130)Southend Central (904)
Bicycle TheftEastwood Park (1)Southend Central (82)
BurglaryEastwood Park (16)Southend Central (144)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Leigh (41)Victoria (296)
DrugsWest Shoebury (13)Southend Central (173)
Other CrimeLeigh (6)Victoria (66)
Other TheftEastwood Park (24)Kursaal (229)
Possession of WeaponsWest Leigh (1)Southend Central (44)
Public OrderWest Leigh (31)Victoria (436)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Eastwood (4)Southend Central (80)
ShopliftingThorpe Bay (5)Southend Central (243)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Shoebury (1)Southend Central (65)
Vehicle CrimeWest Shoebury (23)Chalkwell (85)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Leigh (180)Victoria (1,735)

Crime in Southend-on-Sea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southend-on-Sea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Southend-on-Sea saw a 245% increase in robbery. Southend-on-Sea saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 77% compared to April in 2019. Southend-on-Sea saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, theft from the person, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+71%+54%+32%+27%+28%+12%+14%+79%+89%
Bicycle Theft+139%+45%-15%-2%+10%-9%+91%+9%+100%-29%
Burglary-11%+7%-2%-52%-18%+4%-18%-15%-24%+11%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-39%-16%-18%-13%-33%-3%-1%--29%
Drugs+3%+18%+85%+82%+15%-21%-4%-13%-23%-29%
Other Crime-57%-18%-20%-20%-11%+34%+6%-46%-4%-27%
Other Theft-32%-40%-33%-9%-30%-14%-19%-29%-17%-8%
Possession of Weapons+100%+7%-41%+82%-25%+81%+13%+21%-41%-13%
Public Order-3%-16%+1%+6%+5%+6%+10%+20%+5%+8%
Robbery-5%-37%--37%+20%+245%+14%-38%+16%-28%
Shoplifting-32%-62%-58%-65%-10%-16%-38%-18%-43%-42%
Theft From the Person+6%-77%-73%-75%-37%-4%-11%-37%-33%-57%
Vehicle Crime-53%-39%-18%-58%-32%-22%+7%-19%-45%-44%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-33%-20%+3%+4%+16%+9%-11%-2%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southend-on-Sea

What police force serves Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea is the most dangerous city in Essex.

What is Southend-on-Sea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Southend-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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