Tilbury Crime Overview

Tilbury is the most dangerous small town in Essex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Tilbury in 2020 was 122 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Tilbury is the 24th most dangerous small town, and the 255th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Tilbury was the worst small town in Essex for criminal damage and arson, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.3 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Tilbury residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. Tilbury recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Tilbury are violence and sexual offences, with 837 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 0.60% higher than 2019's figure of 832 offences and a difference of 0.35 from 2019's crime rate of 59. Tilbury's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 22% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Tilbury Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Tilbury This Year

 TilburyEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour56540.0149,41426.7633% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft151.061,8671.014.7% more dangerous
Burglary735.177,1213.8625% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson22415.8614,0377.6052% more dangerous
Drugs382.696,4523.4930% safer
Other Crime473.333,2051.7448% more dangerous
Other Theft815.749,4275.1011% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.991,1960.6534% more dangerous
Public Order18112.8215,0938.1736% more dangerous
Robbery221.561,2270.6658% more dangerous
Shoplifting513.617,1183.857% safer
Theft From the Person90.649920.5416% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1299.1410,5505.7138% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences83759.2765,39435.4140% more dangerous

Tilbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Myland1,27384.6044% safer
Epping1,06986.3441% safer
Rochford91394.9528% safer
Waltham Abbey2,312102.8918% safer
Harwich2,027107.0114% safer
Tilbury1,721121.88-

Crime Over Time in Tilbury

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Tilbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38433340Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.710.781.41.1Getting worse
Burglary69105Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson17241916Safer
Drugs1.32.32.32.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.03.53.63.3Getting worse
Other Theft4.6576Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.711.30.850.99Getting worse
Public Order9111213Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.990.991.6Getting worse
Shoplifting4.3773.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.210.280.500.64Getting worse
Vehicle Crime911129Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36495959Getting worse

Changes In Tilbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Tilbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7180% safer
Coventry77.4157% safer
Croydon83.2246% safer
Sheffield85.8142% safer
Bristol86.2141% safer
Leicester97.4425% safer
Birmingham102.8718% safer
Liverpool107.2814% safer
Tilbury121.88-
Bradford133.028% more dangerous
Leeds137.1011% more dangerous

Crime in Tilbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Tilbury1,919130First

Crime in Tilbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Tilbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Tilbury saw a 500% increase in drugs. Tilbury saw a large fall in shoplifting during November, when it fell by 89% compared to November in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Tilbury's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-19%+72%+26%+41%+2%+54%+79%-7%+61%+47%
Bicycle Theft-75%--50%-+100%-+50%---
Burglary-69%-88%-85%-71%-53%+80%+17%-+40%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-38%-52%-4%+117%-37%-36%-15%-29%-84%
Drugs-33%-86%---33%+33%+50%+100%+500%+50%
Other Crime-50%--50%-25%+200%-67%+50%+25%+40%+25%
Other Theft-83%-67%-33%+100%+33%+56%+33%-83%-80%+57%
Possession of Weapons----------50%
Public Order--43%+9%+83%+71%+80%+8%-6%-36%-9%
Robbery---33%-+200%-50%-50%-+100%-50%
Shoplifting-75%-50%-75%+133%+57%+150%-30%-57%-89%-
Theft From the Person-----50%-----
Vehicle Crime-22%-75%-20%-40%+67%-36%+10%-42%+31%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-25%-45%+6%+20%+18%+8%+22%+41%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Tilbury

What police force serves Tilbury?
Tilbury's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Tilbury?
Tilbury is the most dangerous small town in Essex.
What is Tilbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Tilbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Tilbury?
Tilbury's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021