Southend-on-Sea Crime Overview

Southend-on-Sea is the most dangerous city in the East of England, and among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Southend-on-Sea in 2020 was 89 crimes per 1,000 people.

In August 2020, Southend-on-Sea had the worst crime rate in the East of England for criminal damage and arson, with 170 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Southend-on-Sea residents, when it was the East of England's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Southend-on-Sea recorded 91 reports of other theft during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.50 the worst for other theft in the East of England that month.

The most common crimes in Southend-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences, with 7,855 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 15% lower than 2019's figure of 9,047 offences and a difference of 6.51 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Southend-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person, with 131 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 53% from 2019's figure of 201 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Southend-on-Sea This Year

 Southend-on-Sea
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour6,25534.16
Bicycle Theft3361.83
Burglary7694.20
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5538.48
Drugs7203.93
Other Crime3231.76
Other Theft1,0045.48
Possession of Weapons1790.98
Public Order1,8199.93
Robbery2161.18
Shoplifting5753.14
Theft From the Person1310.72
Vehicle Crime8914.87
Violence and Sexual Offences7,85542.89

Southend-on-Sea Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour33342934Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.92.31.71.8Safer
Burglary6754.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911118Safer
Drugs2.12.63.93.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.82.21.8Safer
Other Theft7885Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.01.00.98Getting worse
Public Order781010Getting worse
Robbery1.31.51.41.2Safer
Shoplifting4.7653.1Safer
Theft From the Person1.21.31.10.72Safer
Vehicle Crime6874.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29394943Getting worse

Comparing Southend-on-Sea to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5025% safer
Sheffield73.9921% safer
Kirklees74.2320% safer
Croydon77.1816% safer
Bradford79.1913% safer
London80.7011% safer
Birmingham89.020.43% safer
Southend-on-Sea89.40-
Bristol91.572.4% more dangerous
Leeds91.902.7% more dangerous
Leicester102.5113% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9416% more dangerous

Crime in Southend-on-Sea During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southend-on-Sea change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Southend-on-Sea saw a 236% increase in robbery. Southend-on-Sea saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 82% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Southend-on-Sea's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+72%+59%+39%+29%+25%+12%+12%+84%
Bicycle Theft+100%+46%-12%-8%+17%-15%+86%-+100%
Burglary-15%+22%+4%-55%-8%-11%-28%-24%-10%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-40%-14%-21%-14%-35%-4%+1%+1%
Drugs-2%+15%+78%+75%+2%-22%-4%-12%-29%
Other Crime-60%-30%-15%-16%+3%+56%-6%-44%-4%
Other Theft-35%-43%-31%-11%-33%-8%-20%-27%-19%
Possession of Weapons+15%+8%-42%+100%-33%+87%+13%--38%
Public Order-5%-22%-4%+8%+4%+9%+9%+18%+9%
Robbery--39%--35%+12%+236%+14%-39%+22%
Shoplifting-34%-52%-55%-68%-10%-15%-37%-23%-40%
Theft From the Person+14%-82%-73%-81%-29%-4%-17%-33%-33%
Vehicle Crime-57%-40%-16%-61%-33%-26%+11%-17%-49%
Violence and Sexual Offences-21%-34%-19%+2%+4%+16%+8%-9%-4%

Southend-on-Sea's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Southend-on-Sea
Leigh-on-Sea1,2075273% safer

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southend-on-Sea

What police force serves Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea's local territorial police force is the Essex Police.
How dangerous is Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea is the most dangerous city in the East of England.
What is Southend-on-Sea's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Southend-on-Sea are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Southend-on-Sea?
Southend-on-Sea's least common crime is theft from the person.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021