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Crime and Safety in Witham

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Witham is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Essex, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Witham in 2021 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Witham is the 60th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 759th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2018, Witham was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for bicycle theft, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2015 was also a bad month for Witham residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Witham recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during June 2015, making its crime rate of 0.15 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Witham are violence and sexual offences, with 1,244 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 46. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 1,154 offences and a difference of 3.34 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Witham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 11% from 2020's figure of 8 crimes.

Witham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Essex

22% higher, regional crime rate

East of England

19% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Witham is 22% higher than the East of England and 19% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Witham Crime Rate Over Time

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Witham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Witham represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Witham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021902,437
2020822,205
2019842,256
2018802,144
2017671,808
2016631,700

Crime in Witham Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Witham This Year

 WithamEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour61522.8238,40220.80 9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft180.671,6500.89 33% safer
Burglary833.085,8403.16 2.6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1937.1613,5347.33 2.4% safer
Drugs652.415,3622.90 20% safer
Other Crime411.523,1801.72 13% safer
Other Theft2017.4610,2495.55 26% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons200.741,1820.64 14% more dangerous
Public Order2649.8016,4258.89 9% more dangerous
Robbery150.561,2500.68 21% safer
Shoplifting1033.827,0953.84 0.52% safer
Theft From the Person90.331,0380.56 70% safer
Vehicle Crime1816.7210,1545.50 18% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,24446.1672,86439.46 15% more dangerous

Witham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Wickford1,87353.7368% safer
Stanford-le-Hope1,55953.7568% safer
Brentwood4,47178.5115% safer
Canvey Island3,07979.2614% safer
Loughton2,94188.881.7% safer
Witham2,43790.42-
Braintree4,569101.3911% more dangerous
Clacton-on-Sea6,611122.9526% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Witham

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Recent Crimes in Witham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blake RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Coach House WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Ebenezer CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cornel CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Godric RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Petrol StationLocal resolution
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bunton CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kings ChaseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Yew CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Bevington MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hadrians CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Baker WayOffender given a caution
March 2022DrugsOn or near Hamble CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Public orderOn or near Britten CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Perry WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blake RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Chalks RoadLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hatfield Road (Near Service Station)Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaLocal resolution

Witham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26192723 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.10.850.67 Safer
Burglary554.03.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111087 Safer
Drugs1.32.83.22.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.61.61.5 Safer
Other Theft7857 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.520.820.480.74 Getting worse
Public Order77710 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.410.590.56 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.34.62.83.8 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.450.300.33 Safer
Vehicle Crime764.47 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences34364346 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93126% safer
Birmingham49.6082% safer
Barnet67.0835% safer
Croydon82.4810% safer
Sheffield90.030.43% safer
Witham90.42-
Bristol90.520.11% more dangerous
Leicester111.5919% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Witham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
West Witham42171Second
Witham Town1,319117First

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 the third most dangerous medium-sized town 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).

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