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Crime and Safety in Wivenhoe

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Wivenhoe is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 111st safest overall out of Essex's 315 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wivenhoe in 2021 was 37 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 117% lower than the Essex rate of 81 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wivenhoe is the 166th safest small town, and the 5,142nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Wivenhoe was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Essex for burglary, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.1 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Wivenhoe residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. Wivenhoe recorded 6 reports of bicycle theft during December 2018, making its crime rate of 0.75 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Wivenhoe are violence and sexual offences, with 146 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 129 offences and a difference of 2.14 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Wivenhoe's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Wivenhoe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Essex

89% lower, regional crime rate

East of England

95% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wivenhoe is 89% lower than the East of England and 95% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wivenhoe Crime Rate Over Time

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Wivenhoe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wivenhoe 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 Wivenhoe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202137297
202033264
201943343
201835280
201730235
201629229

Crime in Wivenhoe Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Wivenhoe This Year

 WivenhoeEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour526.5438,40220.80 218% safer
Bicycle Theft20.251,6500.89 256% safer
Burglary121.515,8403.16 109% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson324.0313,5347.33 82% safer
Drugs60.755,3622.90 287% safer
Other Crime70.883,1801.72 95% safer
Other Theft202.5210,2495.55 120% safer
Possession of Weapons30.381,1820.64 68% safer
Public Order293.6516,4258.89 144% safer
Robbery20.251,2500.68 172% safer
Shoplifting283.527,0953.84 9% safer
Vehicle Crime101.2610,1545.50 337% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14618.3772,86439.46 115% safer

Wivenhoe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Springfield482.291531% safer
Leigh-on-Sea763.261046% safer
Stanway16014.90151% safer
Hawkwell40131.7918% safer
Hockley36336.462.5% safer
Wivenhoe29737.36-
Heybridge38945.5118% more dangerous
Saffron Walden81246.7420% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41948.4323% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers81350.8827% more dangerous
Buckhurst Hill69859.2437% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wivenhoe

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Recent Crimes in Wivenhoe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Leys RoadFurther action is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near West QuayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Richard AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Clifton TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Richard AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Old Ferry RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hereward CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosabelle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Public orderOn or near Ballast Quay RoadFormal action is not in the public interest
February 2022DrugsOn or near Rectory RoadLocal resolution
February 2022Public orderOn or near Dry DockInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clifton TerraceUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mede WayOffender given a caution
January 2022RobberyOn or near Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosabelle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Public orderOn or near Rebow RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blythe LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Grasby CloseFurther action is not in the public interest
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosabelle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Wivenhoe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour107147 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.50.750.500.25 Safer
Burglary2.83.53.91.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.94.52.84.0 Getting worse
Drugs0.132.01.30.75 Safer
Other Crime0.881.10.630.88 Safer
Other Theft1.82.81.02.5 Getting worse
Public Order3.04.23.03.6 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.250.250.25No change
Shoplifting2.81.12.13.5 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.61.31.41.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15221618 Getting worse

Changes In Wivenhoe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wivenhoe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wivenhoe37.36-
Coventry39.936% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6025% more dangerous
Barnet67.0844% more dangerous
Croydon82.4855% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0359% more dangerous
Bristol90.5259% more dangerous
Leicester111.5967% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0670% more dangerous
Bradford132.2872% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Wivenhoe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wivenhoe & University45438First

Crime in Wivenhoe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wivenhoe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Wivenhoe saw a 500% increase in criminal damage and arson. Wivenhoe saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+200%+100%+175%+200%+133%+50%+40%+333%+200%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--83%-40%--+300%-+250%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%-67%-67%-75%--33%+500%+100%+100%-40%
Drugs---+100%------
Other Crime+100%----50%--50%---
Other Theft----+100%---33%--
Public Order-40%-71%-50%-25%+300%--20%---75%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting---+200%------
Violence and Sexual Offences+100%-64%-+18%-77%-53%+31%-14%-40%-58%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wivenhoe

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

How dangerous is Wivenhoe?
Wivenhoe is among the top 10 safest small towns in Essex.

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

What is the least common crime in Wivenhoe?
Wivenhoe's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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