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Crime and Safety in Waltham Abbey

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Waltham Abbey is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Waltham Abbey in 2021 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Waltham Abbey is the 77th most dangerous small town, and the 541st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Waltham Abbey was the worst small town in Essex for burglary, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.58 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Waltham Abbey residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Waltham Abbey recorded 11 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.49 the worst small town for drugs in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Waltham Abbey are violence and sexual offences, with 1,000 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 920 offences and a difference of 3.56 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Waltham Abbey's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 27% from 2020's figure of 14 crimes.

Waltham Abbey 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Essex

31% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

26% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Waltham Abbey is 31% higher than the East of England and 26% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Waltham Abbey Crime Rate Over Time

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Waltham Abbey Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Waltham Abbey 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 Waltham Abbey

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211032,308
20201032,312
20191052,352
2018922,057
2017781,754
2016701,571

Crime in Waltham Abbey Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Waltham Abbey This Year

 Waltham AbbeyEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour51723.0138,40220.80 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.621,6500.89 44% safer
Burglary1145.075,8403.16 38% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23110.2813,5347.33 29% more dangerous
Drugs713.165,3622.90 8% more dangerous
Other Crime401.783,1801.72 3.4% more dangerous
Other Theft1908.4610,2505.55 34% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons110.491,1820.64 31% safer
Public Order22710.1016,4258.89 12% more dangerous
Robbery170.761,2500.68 11% more dangerous
Shoplifting482.147,0953.84 79% safer
Theft From the Person150.671,0380.56 16% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime33014.6910,1545.50 63% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,00044.5072,86539.46 11% more dangerous

Waltham Abbey Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chigwell1,05375.4236% safer
Great Baddow1,18078.6631% safer
Maldon1,26086.0119% safer
Epping1,07486.7518% safer
Halstead1,06687.6617% safer
Waltham Abbey2,308102.71-
Harwich2,083109.967% more dangerous
Myland1,690112.319% more dangerous
Rochford1,087113.049% more dangerous
Tilbury1,764124.9218% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Waltham Abbey

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Recent Crimes in Waltham Abbey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Takeley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HomefieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Drayson CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Margherita RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Buxton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Stanway RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Godwin CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruskin AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cartersfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near RoundhillsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near The GrangeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Winchester CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Leverton WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tennyson AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Beechfield WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Farmer CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Waltham Abbey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29293723 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.310.450.490.62 Getting worse
Burglary10785 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson791010 Getting worse
Drugs1.92.653.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.32.01.8 Getting worse
Other Theft91088 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.670.580.620.49 Safer
Public Order8101210 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.21.61.20.76 Safer
Shoplifting3.84.02.22.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.270.490.67 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime17201215 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31384144 Getting worse

Changes In Waltham Abbey's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Waltham Abbey's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Waltham Abbey that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abbey Gardens----100.11
Gunpowder Park321-540.17
The Larsen Recreation Ground8-1-1399

Comparing Waltham Abbey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0853% safer
Croydon82.4825% safer
Sheffield90.0514% safer
Bristol90.5213% safer
Coventry102.240.46% safer
Waltham Abbey102.71-
Leicester111.598% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0617% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6421% more dangerous
Bradford132.2822% more dangerous
Leeds150.9432% more dangerous

Crime in Waltham Abbey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Waltham Abbey North60781Third
Waltham Abbey South84393Second
Waltham Abbey West & Outer858145First

Crime in Waltham Abbey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Waltham Abbey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Waltham Abbey saw a 1,400% increase in drugs. Waltham Abbey saw a large fall in robbery during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Waltham Abbey's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+102%+79%+20%+25%+31%-13%+5%+40%+60%
Bicycle Theft--50%-----+100%--
Burglary+47%-46%-25%-47%+100%+28%-57%-13%-57%+117%
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-24%+50%+22%+14%-21%-40%-15%+45%-8%
Drugs+233%+50%+50%+100%-9%-13%+150%+67%+1,000%+1,400%
Other Crime---50%-+250%+67%+100%--+233%
Other Theft-52%-47%-27%-47%-27%-44%-54%-10%-29%+6%
Possession of Weapons---67%-33%-50%-----33%
Public Order+11%-+33%+46%+107%+111%+14%-61%-17%+13%
Robbery+100%-88%---+40%-67%---
Shoplifting-70%-78%-38%-83%-57%-73%-57%+50%-33%-
Theft From the Person-------+100%--
Vehicle Crime-47%-64%-72%-36%-46%-23%-45%-54%-45%-35%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+10%-22%+4%+25%-8%+3%+14%+36%+24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Waltham Abbey

What police force serves Waltham Abbey?
Waltham Abbey's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.

How dangerous is Waltham Abbey?
Waltham Abbey is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Essex.

What is Waltham Abbey's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Waltham Abbey are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Waltham Abbey?
Waltham Abbey's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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