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Crime and Safety in Wickford, Essex

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Wickford is the third safest medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 122nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wickford in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 51% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wickford is the 40th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,857th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Wickford was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for robbery, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2019 was also a bad month for Wickford residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 54 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Wickford recorded 3 reports of possession of weapons during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Wickford are violence and sexual offences, with 797 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 0.75% higher than 2020's figure of 791 offences and a difference of 0.17 from 2020's crime rate of 23. Wickford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 225% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Wickford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

31% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wickford is 31% lower than the East of England and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wickford Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Wickford 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 Wickford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021541,873
2020531,862
2019582,026
2018501,760
2017421,468
2016451,580

Crime in Wickford Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Wickford This Year

 WickfordEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour66118.9638,40220.80 10% safer
Bicycle Theft130.371,6500.89 141% safer
Burglary742.125,8403.16 49% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2146.1413,5347.33 19% safer
Drugs691.985,3622.90 46% safer
Other Crime340.983,1801.72 76% safer
Other Theft982.8110,2505.55 98% safer
Possession of Weapons40.111,1820.64 482% safer
Public Order2236.4016,4258.89 39% safer
Robbery180.521,2500.68 31% safer
Shoplifting1414.057,0953.84 5% more dangerous
Theft From the Person150.431,0380.56 30% safer
Vehicle Crime1734.9610,1545.50 11% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences79722.8672,86539.46 73% safer

Wickford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,24143.7023% safer
Rayleigh1,47944.3521% safer
Wickford1,87353.73-
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.750.04% more dangerous
Brentwood4,47178.5132% more dangerous
Canvey Island3,07979.2632% more dangerous
Loughton2,94188.8840% more dangerous
Witham2,43790.4241% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wickford

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Recent Crimes in Wickford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kingley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sinclair WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Market RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Galt CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ruthven CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodlands RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lavender WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Upper Market RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Harold GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Alicia WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Irvon Hill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near London RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Apple Tree WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near AmblesideUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whist AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crouch DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alicia WalkUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Springfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wickford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16131819 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.570.890.37 Safer
Burglary4.752.72.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6756 Getting worse
Drugs1.31.31.82.0 Getting worse
Other Crime0.831.41.40.98 Safer
Other Theft3.63.83.02.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.400.340.370.11 Safer
Public Order3.8666 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.370.490.52 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.353.24.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.570.370.43 Safer
Vehicle Crime5655.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18202323 Getting worse

Changes In Wickford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wickford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wickford53.73-
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6459% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Wickford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wickford North East51774Second
Wickford South92194First
Wickford West42157Third

Crime in Wickford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wickford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Wickford saw a 300% increase in drugs. Wickford saw a large fall in shoplifting during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Wickford's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+54%+11%+36%+74%+38%+82%+47%+78%+167%
Bicycle Theft--+100%+100%-+150%+50%---
Burglary-71%-67%-13%-61%-83%-42%-44%-45%-24%-61%
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%-36%-31%-16%-47%-19%-24%-52%+69%-25%
Drugs--+300%-33%-25%-25%+25%-67%+20%+25%
Other Crime+200%+150%+133%-50%-20%--40%+33%-67%+300%
Other Theft-69%-50%-25%+22%+17%+63%-36%-79%-30%+21%
Possession of Weapons-------33%---
Public Order+27%-44%+12%+107%+5%+18%+20%-19%+8%-5%
Robbery+200%--50%-+100%--33%---
Shoplifting-8%-20%-22%+46%-61%-27%-85%--54%-88%
Theft From the Person----+100%+100%---50%-83%
Vehicle Crime-14%-8%-80%+83%-65%+15%-55%+35%+55%-23%
Violence and Sexual Offences-12%+51%+30%-26%+7%-7%+35%+41%+25%-30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wickford

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

How dangerous is Wickford?
Wickford is the third safest medium-sized town in Essex.

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

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

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