Chelmsford Crime Overview

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Chelmsford Crime Overview

Chelmsford is the safest major town in Essex, and is the 62nd most dangerous overall out of Essex’s 319 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chelmsford in 2020 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Essex’s overall crime rate, coming in 6% lower than the Essex rate of 78 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chelmsford is the 42nd safest major town, and the 1,244th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Chelmsford had the worst crime rate in Essex for bicycle theft, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Chelmsford residents, when it was Essex’s most dangerous area for other crime, recording 46 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Chelmsford recorded 13 reports of theft from the person during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst for theft from the person in Essex that month.

The most common crimes in Chelmsford are violence and sexual offences, with 4,070 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 2.9% lower than 2019’s figure of 4,186 offences and a difference of 0.98 from 2019’s crime rate of 35. Chelmsford’s least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 66 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 45% from 2019’s figure of 96 crimes.

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