Wivenhoe Crime Overview

Wivenhoe is among the top 5 safest small towns in Essex, and is the 93rd safest overall out of Essex's 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wivenhoe in 2020 was 33 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex's overall crime rate, coming in 134% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wivenhoe is the 154th safest small town, and the 5,629th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2018, Wivenhoe was the worst small town in Essex for bicycle theft, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.75 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2016 was also a bad month for Wivenhoe residents, when it was Essex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Wivenhoe are violence and sexual offences, with 129 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 33% lower than 2019's figure of 172 offences and a difference of 5.41 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Wivenhoe's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Wivenhoe Compared To Essex

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Summary of Crimes in Wivenhoe This Year

 WivenhoeEssex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour11013.8449,41426.7693% safer
Bicycle Theft40.501,8671.01102% safer
Burglary313.907,1213.861.0% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson222.7714,0377.60174% safer
Drugs101.266,4523.49177% safer
Other Crime50.633,2051.74176% safer
Other Theft81.019,4275.10405% safer
Public Order243.0215,0938.17171% safer
Robbery20.251,2270.66164% safer
Shoplifting172.147,1183.8580% safer
Theft From the Person10.139920.54315% safer
Vehicle Crime111.3810,5505.71314% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12916.2365,39435.41118% safer

Wivenhoe Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Great Baddow15510.33221% safer
Leigh-on-Sea64727.7320% safer
Springfield66731.764.6% safer
Hawkwell41532.900.94% safer
Wivenhoe26433.21-
Hockley35435.567% more dangerous
Stanway40938.0913% more dangerous
South Woodham Ferrers75247.0629% more dangerous
Saffron Walden82847.6630% more dangerous
Brightlingsea41347.7430% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wivenhoe

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Recent Crimes in Wivenhoe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Rectory RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Friars CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Paget RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Valfreda WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Stanley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Stanley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanley RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petworth CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mede WayUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021DrugsOn or near Richard AvenueLocal resolution
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rosabelle AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Possession of weaponsOn or near Alexandra DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamilton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Public orderOn or near West QuayUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wivenhoe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1210714Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.631.50.750.50Safer
Burglary2.02.83.53.9Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson3.92.94.52.8Safer
Drugs0.500.132.01.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.880.881.10.63Safer
Other Theft2.31.82.81.0Safer
Public Order2.53.04.23.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.250.250.25No change
Shoplifting2.52.81.12.1No change
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.250.25-0.13Safer
Vehicle Crime2.13.61.31.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12152216No change

Changes In Wivenhoe's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Wivenhoe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wivenhoe33.21-
Barnet67.7151% more dangerous
Coventry77.4157% more dangerous
Croydon83.2260% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8161% more dangerous
Bristol86.2161% more dangerous
Leicester97.4466% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8768% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2869% more dangerous
Bradford133.0275% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% more dangerous

Crime in Wivenhoe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wivenhoe & University40934First

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 5 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021