Witham Crime Overview

Witham is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex, and is the 50th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Witham in 2020 was 82 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 4.9% higher than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Witham is the 77th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 932nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Witham was the worst medium-sized town in Essex for other crime, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2018 was also a bad month for Witham residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Witham recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during November 2015, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Witham are violence and sexual offences, with 1,154 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 15% higher than 2019's figure of 981 offences and a difference of 6.42 from 2019's crime rate of 36. Witham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 12 crimes.

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Crime in Witham Compared To Essex

Summary of Crimes in Witham This Year

 WithamEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour73327.2049,41426.761.6% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft230.851,8671.0119% safer
Burglary1084.017,1213.863.7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2208.1614,0377.607% more dangerous
Drugs853.156,4523.4911% safer
Other Crime441.633,2051.747% safer
Other Theft1445.349,4275.104.5% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons130.481,1960.6535% safer
Public Order1957.2415,0938.1713% safer
Robbery160.591,2270.6612% safer
Shoplifting762.827,1183.8537% safer
Theft From the Person80.309920.5480% safer
Vehicle Crime1194.4210,5505.7129% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,15442.8265,39435.4117% more dangerous

Witham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Billericay1,21342.7192% safer
Rayleigh1,50745.1981% safer
Wickford1,77750.9860% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,52252.4856% safer
Canvey Island3,14180.851.2% safer
Witham2,20581.82-
Brentwood4,75883.552.1% more dangerous
Loughton2,89387.436% more dangerous
Braintree4,36696.8816% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,399119.0131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Witham

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Witham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29261927Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.41.10.85Safer
Burglary7554.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1011108Safer
Drugs0.961.32.83.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.71.61.6Getting worse
Other Theft6785Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.520.820.48Safer
Public Order5777Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.450.410.59Getting worse
Shoplifting3.13.34.62.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.10.450.30Safer
Vehicle Crime7764.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22343643Getting worse

Changes In Witham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Witham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Witham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Witham Hockey and Cricket Club12--311.8

Comparing Witham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7121% safer
Coventry77.416% safer
Witham81.82-
Croydon83.221.7% more dangerous
Sheffield85.814.6% more dangerous
Bristol86.215% more dangerous
Leicester97.4416% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8720% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2824% more dangerous
Bradford133.0238% more dangerous
Leeds137.1040% more dangerous

Crime in Witham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Witham45177Second
Witham Town1,149102First

Crime in Witham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Witham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Witham saw a 300% increase in bicycle theft. Witham saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Witham 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 other theft.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+13%+35%+76%+45%+38%+37%+26%+36%+215%+152%
Bicycle Theft--88%-+300%-33%----+100%
Burglary-15%-67%-50%-71%-36%-56%+57%-18%-50%-71%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%-47%-43%-31%+30%-23%-69%-27%-5%-37%
Drugs+150%+175%+38%-10%-56%+75%-25%-63%-13%+63%
Other Crime+33%+75%+33%+25%-50%--80%-63%-+100%
Other Theft-27%-69%-47%-20%+13%-22%-32%-50%-22%-35%
Possession of Weapons--67%--50%-+100%-50%-+50%-
Public Order-23%-7%-29%-19%+53%-17%-8%+22%+9%+120%
Robbery----+200%-+100%+200%--
Shoplifting-38%-89%-40%+75%+17%-87%-25%-23%-40%+25%
Theft From the Person--50%--------33%
Vehicle Crime-8%-25%+10%-56%-45%+114%-54%-71%-78%-11%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%+10%-27%+17%+47%+40%+6%+12%+22%+7%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Witham

What police force serves Witham?
Witham's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Witham?
Witham is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Essex.
What is Witham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Witham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Witham?
Witham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021