Wickford Crime Overview

Wickford is the third safest medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 132nd most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wickford in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wickford is the 42nd safest medium-sized town, and the 2,935th 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 51 crimes at a rate of 1.5 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 762 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 11% higher than 2019's figure of 680 offences and a difference of 2.35 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Wickford's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 15% from 2019's figure of 11 crimes.

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Crime in Wickford Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Wickford This Year

 WickfordEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour62117.8249,41426.7650% safer
Bicycle Theft310.891,8671.0113% safer
Burglary912.617,1213.8648% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1674.7914,0377.6059% safer
Drugs611.756,4523.4999% safer
Other Crime441.263,2051.7438% safer
Other Theft972.789,4275.1083% safer
Possession of Weapons130.371,1960.6576% safer
Public Order2116.0515,0938.1735% safer
Robbery170.491,2270.6635% safer
Shoplifting1103.167,1183.8522% safer
Theft From the Person130.379920.5446% safer
Vehicle Crime1604.5910,5505.7124% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences76221.8665,39435.4162% safer

Wickford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,21342.7119% safer
Rayleigh1,50745.1913% safer
Wickford1,77750.98-
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.482.9% more dangerous
Canvey Island3,14180.8537% more dangerous
Witham2,20581.8238% more dangerous
Brentwood4,75883.5539% more dangerous
Loughton2,89387.4342% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wickford

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Wickford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161218Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.370.690.570.89Getting worse
Burglary54.44.82.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.8664.8Safer
Drugs0.521.31.31.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.720.801.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft3.43.43.52.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.370.320.37Getting worse
Public Order2.93.566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.400.340.49Getting worse
Shoplifting2.94.353.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.460.340.570.37Safer
Vehicle Crime5564.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12182022Getting worse

Changes In Wickford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wickford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wickford50.98-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Wickford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wickford North East54278Second
Wickford South81883First
Wickford West45261Third

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 December, when Wickford saw a 400% increase in other crime. Wickford saw a large fall in shoplifting during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019. Wickford saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, criminal damage and arson, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+47%+10%+39%+73%+33%+84%+60%+75%+191%
Bicycle Theft--+100%+100%-+150%+50%---
Burglary-71%-67%+33%-56%-82%-42%-50%-45%-31%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-62%-31%-33%-11%-65%-27%-25%-53%+58%-21%
Drugs--+250%-33%-25%-25%+25%-67%+20%+25%
Other Crime+50%+150%+67%-50%-20%-20%-50%+17%-67%+400%
Other Theft-69%-53%-25%+14%+27%+100%-40%-77%-33%+42%
Possession of Weapons----+100%--33%---
Public Order+40%-48%+12%+100%-+38%+16%-20%+17%-5%
Robbery+200%--50%-+100%--33%---
Shoplifting-8%-20%-22%+46%-61%-24%-85%-20%-54%-88%
Theft From the Person----+100%+100%---50%-83%
Vehicle Crime-21%--80%+54%-57%-8%-55%+50%--25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-17%+54%+31%-27%+18%-2%+32%+49%+9%-21%

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021