Crime in East Sussex

East Sussex is the 30th safest county in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in East Sussex in 2020 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 27 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of East Sussex's larger towns and cities, Brighton and Hove is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Hastings, and Eastbourne comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of East Sussex, starting with Bexhill which ranks as the safest area in East Sussex, followed up by Eastbourne in second place, and Hastings in third place.

Crime Map of East Sussex

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East Sussex Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour24,03428.34
Bicycle Theft1,2761.50
Burglary3,0413.59
Criminal Damage and Arson6,9618.21
Drugs2,2032.60
Other Crime1,2841.51
Other Theft4,8155.68
Possession of Weapons8140.96
Public Order6,2947.42
Robbery6080.72
Shoplifting3,3743.98
Theft From the Person5510.65
Vehicle Crime3,1813.75
Violence and Sexual Offences23,27827.45

East Sussex's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from East Sussex
Bexhill2,872647% safer
Brighton and Hove23,7159730% more dangerous
Crowborough72333109% safer
Eastbourne8,6457510% more dangerous
Hailsham1,3496014% safer
Hastings8,8299428% more dangerous
Heathfield and Waldron4403691% safer
Lewes1,195672.1% safer
Newhaven1,1128520% more dangerous
Peacehaven8295427% safer
Polegate4755134% safer
Seaford9423878% safer
Telscombe24831116% safer
Uckfield6324263% safer
Westham16321220% safer
Willingdon and Jevington12617307% safer

Crime Trends in East Sussex

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26222028Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.41.91.5Safer
Burglary4.94.04.83.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8898Safer
Drugs1.82.02.32.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.31.41.5Getting worse
Other Theft8886Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.961.10.96No change
Public Order6677Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.720.880.72Safer
Shoplifting5.04.654.0Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.01.00.65Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.453.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23252827Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021