Southend-on-Sea Crime Overview

Southend-on-Sea is the most dangerous city in Essex, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southend-on-Sea in 2020 was 99 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southend-on-Sea is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 514th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Southend-on-Sea had the worst crime rate in Essex for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.08 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Southend-on-Sea residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 78 crimes at a rate of 0.42 per 1,000 residents. Southend-on-Sea recorded 116 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 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 8,744 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 9,350 offences and a difference of 3.27 from 2019's crime rate of 51. Southend-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person, with 145 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 46% from 2019's figure of 212 crimes.

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Crime in Southend-on-Sea Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Southend-on-Sea This Year

 Southend-on-SeaEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7,09838.3449,41426.7630% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft3671.981,8671.0149% more dangerous
Burglary8924.827,1213.8620% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,7299.3414,0377.6019% more dangerous
Drugs7784.206,4523.4917% more dangerous
Other Crime3581.933,2051.7410% more dangerous
Other Theft1,1466.199,4275.1018% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons2071.121,1960.6542% more dangerous
Public Order2,02910.9615,0938.1725% more dangerous
Robbery2311.251,2270.6647% more dangerous
Shoplifting6503.517,1183.8510% safer
Theft From the Person1450.789920.5431% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,0385.6110,5505.711.8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences8,74447.2465,39435.4125% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southend-on-Sea

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Southend-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34352938Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.92.41.72.0Safer
Burglary6754.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911119Safer
Drugs2.12.63.94.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.92.41.9Safer
Other Theft8886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.921.21.11.1Getting worse
Public Order791111Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.51.41.2Safer
Shoplifting4.9763.5Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.31.20.78Safer
Vehicle Crime6986Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30405147Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7146% safer
Coventry77.4128% safer
Croydon83.2219% safer
Sheffield85.8115% safer
Bristol86.2115% safer
Leicester97.441.5% safer
Southend-on-Sea98.94-
Birmingham102.873.8% more dangerous
Liverpool107.288% more dangerous
Bradford133.0226% more dangerous
Leeds137.1028% 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 Park86177Ninth
Chalkwell1,207115Fourth
Eastwood82078Seventh
Eastwood Park4474714th
Kursaal2,291186Third
Leigh6856512th
Prittlewell99393Sixth
Shoeburyness1,12193Fifth
Southend Central2,860244First
St Lukes87677Eighth
Thorpe Bay4444813th
Victoria2,965230Second
West Leigh3884115th
West Shoebury7026711th
Westborough75367Tenth

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 (166)Southend Central (1,150)
Bicycle TheftWest Shoebury (1)Southend Central (84)
BurglaryWest Shoebury (19)Chalkwell (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Leigh (28)Victoria (275)
DrugsWest Leigh (14)Southend Central (158)
Other CrimeWest Leigh (3)Victoria (63)
Other TheftWest Shoebury (19)Kursaal (189)
Possession of WeaponsWest Leigh (2)Southend Central (41)
Public OrderWestborough (45)Victoria (399)
Robbery (inc. mugging)St Lukes (2)Southend Central (69)
ShopliftingEastwood Park (6)Southend Central (147)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Shoeburyness (1)Southend Central (66)
Vehicle CrimeWest Shoebury (25)Prittlewell (87)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWest Leigh (141)Southend Central (1,321)

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 236% increase in robbery. Southend-on-Sea saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 75% compared to April in 2019. Rates of theft from the person and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Southend-on-Sea's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%+70%+54%+34%+27%+28%+12%+17%+82%+83%
Bicycle Theft+122%+39%-14%-5%+19%-18%+95%+14%+107%-29%
Burglary-9%+13%-2%-50%-15%-1%-25%-20%-18%+16%
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-41%-17%-19%-11%-36%-5%-1%-1%-31%
Drugs+2%+13%+85%+74%+9%-23%-4%-11%-26%-25%
Other Crime-60%-21%-27%-20%-6%+35%+3%-48%-10%-29%
Other Theft-33%-42%-33%-11%-34%-13%-20%-31%-20%-7%
Possession of Weapons+69%-26%-41%+100%-19%+87%+13%+21%-41%-7%
Public Order-5%-18%-2%+3%+6%+5%+13%+15%+8%+4%
Robbery-5%-39%--37%+16%+236%+14%-35%+22%-28%
Shoplifting-33%-61%-57%-67%-12%-14%-36%-20%-45%-43%
Theft From the Person--75%-73%-75%-37%-8%-11%-33%-33%-59%
Vehicle Crime-56%-40%-19%-61%-30%-24%+11%-18%-48%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-34%-19%+3%+5%+14%+8%-12%-3%-16%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021