Crime in East Sussex

East Sussex is the 42nd safest county in England and Wales. The overall crime rate in East Sussex in 2020 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 22 out of 1,000 residents.

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

Crime Map of East Sussex

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East Sussex Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour13,65322.40
Bicycle Theft3170.52
Burglary1,8453.03
Criminal Damage and Arson4,1586.82
Drugs1,1661.91
Other Crime7261.19
Other Theft2,5714.22
Possession of Weapons4400.72
Public Order3,4625.68
Robbery2600.43
Shoplifting1,6272.67
Theft From the Person2110.35
Vehicle Crime1,5312.51
Violence and Sexual Offences13,42622.02

East Sussex's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from East Sussex
Crowborough6482978% safer
Eastbourne8,0407833% more dangerous
Hailsham1,268567% more dangerous
Hastings8,3269042% more dangerous
Heathfield and Waldron4073358% safer
Lewes1,1066216% more dangerous
Newhaven1,0247833% more dangerous
Peacehaven755497% safer
Polegate4304613% safer
Rother2,7722980% safer
Seaford8713547% safer
Telscombe2363074% safer
Uckfield5853934% safer
Westham2102790% safer
Willingdon and Jevington17023131% safer

Crime Trends in East Sussex

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22181722Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.650.660.780.52Safer
Burglary4.63.74.23.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8787Safer
Drugs1.31.41.71.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.11.01.2Getting worse
Other Theft6664.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.610.750.820.72Safer
Public Order4.9566Getting worse
Robbery0.420.460.450.43Safer
Shoplifting3.83.63.92.7Safer
Theft From the Person0.520.520.510.35Safer
Vehicle Crime3.63.54.32.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19222522Safer

Last updated: 18 Feb 2021