Waltham Abbey Crime Overview

Waltham Abbey is the third most dangerous small town in Essex, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Waltham Abbey in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 24% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Waltham Abbey is the 53rd most dangerous small town, and the 451st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, 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. December 2020 was also a bad month for Waltham Abbey residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.67 per 1,000 residents. Waltham Abbey recorded 18 reports of other theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.80 the worst small town for other theft in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Waltham Abbey are violence and sexual offences, with 920 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 854 offences and a difference of 2.94 from 2019's crime rate of 38. Waltham Abbey's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 9% from 2019's figure of 10 crimes.

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Crime in Waltham Abbey Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Waltham Abbey This Year

 Waltham AbbeyEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour82636.7649,41426.7627% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.491,8671.01106% safer
Burglary1737.707,1213.8650% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson23010.2414,0377.6026% more dangerous
Drugs1165.166,4523.4932% more dangerous
Other Crime462.053,2051.7415% more dangerous
Other Theft1777.889,4275.1035% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons140.621,1960.654.8% safer
Public Order26911.9715,0938.1732% more dangerous
Robbery261.161,2270.6643% more dangerous
Shoplifting492.187,1183.8577% safer
Theft From the Person110.499920.5410% safer
Vehicle Crime27012.0210,5505.7152% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences92040.9465,39435.4114% more dangerous

Waltham Abbey Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Maldon1,06972.9741% safer
Chigwell1,10078.7931% safer
Myland1,27384.6022% safer
Epping1,06986.3419% safer
Rochford91394.958% safer
Waltham Abbey2,312102.89-
Harwich2,027107.013.9% more dangerous
Tilbury1,721121.8816% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Waltham Abbey

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Waltham Abbey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour31292937Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.850.310.450.49Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson97910Getting worse
Drugs1.51.92.65Getting worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft89108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.620.670.580.62Safer
Public Order681012Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.530.270.49Getting worse
Vehicle Crime14172012Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24313841Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7152% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2119% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.02% safer
Waltham Abbey102.89-
Liverpool107.284.1% more dangerous
Bradford133.0223% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% more dangerous

Crime in Waltham Abbey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Waltham Abbey North60080Third
Waltham Abbey South81690Second
Waltham Abbey West & Outer896151First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-17%+102%+79%+20%+25%+31%-13%+5%+40%+60%
Bicycle Theft--50%-----+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+25%-24%+50%+22%+14%-21%-40%-15%+45%-8%
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%
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 the third most dangerous small town 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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021