Springfield Crime Overview

Springfield is the third safest small town in Essex, and is the 83rd safest overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Springfield in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 145% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Springfield is the 136th safest small town, and the 5,335th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Springfield was the worst small town in Essex for drugs, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Springfield residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for shoplifting, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Springfield recorded 3 reports of theft from the person during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst small town for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Springfield are violence and sexual offences, with 318 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 265 offences and a difference of 2.52 from 2019's crime rate of 13. Springfield's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 20% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Springfield Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Springfield This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21510.2449,41426.76161% safer
Bicycle Theft110.521,8671.0194% safer
Burglary261.247,1213.86211% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson572.7114,0377.60180% safer
Drugs321.526,4523.49130% safer
Other Crime160.763,2051.74129% safer
Other Theft653.109,4275.1065% safer
Public Order502.3815,0938.17243% safer
Robbery50.241,2270.66175% safer
Shoplifting432.057,1183.8588% safer
Theft From the Person60.299920.5486% safer
Vehicle Crime381.8110,5505.71215% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31815.1465,39435.41134% safer

Springfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Baddow15510.33207% safer
Leigh-on-Sea64727.7315% safer
Hawkwell41532.903.5% more dangerous
Wivenhoe26433.214.4% more dangerous
Hockley35435.5611% more dangerous
Stanway40938.0917% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers75247.0633% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Springfield

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Springfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1112810Safer
Bicycle Theft1.00.430.330.52Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson54.92.82.7Safer
Drugs0.811.91.51.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.620.860.570.76Getting worse
Other Theft4.
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.290.860.100.29Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences8101315Getting worse

Changes In Springfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Springfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7153% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Springfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chelmer Village74079First
Springfield North40544Second

Crime in Springfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Springfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Springfield saw a 900% increase in drugs. Springfield saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 80% compared to April in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%-26%+7%+93%-+38%+57%-21%+91%+122%
Bicycle Theft-----+100%+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-63%-25%-33%-33%+300%-+100%-40%--63%
Other Crime-50%+200%---50%-----
Other Theft-50%-67%-50%-+800%+200%+200%+40%+200%-
Public Order-56%-50%-78%-20%-+57%-60%-25%-20%+25%
Vehicle Crime--+50%--73%+200%-50%+50%-50%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences+23%-32%+67%-18%+133%-17%+121%-24%+85%+75%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Springfield

What police force serves Springfield?
Springfield's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Springfield?
Springfield is the third safest small town in Essex.
What is Springfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Springfield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Springfield?
Springfield's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021