Bexhill Crime Overview

Bexhill is the most dangerous medium-sized town in East Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bexhill in 2020 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bexhill is the 78th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,827th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Bexhill was the worst medium-sized town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Bexhill residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Bexhill recorded 20 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.44 the worst medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Bexhill are violence and sexual offences, with 1,257 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 2.1% lower than 2019's figure of 1,284 offences and a difference of 0.60 from 2019's crime rate of 28. Bexhill's least common crime is theft from the person, with 12 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 75% from 2019's figure of 21 crimes.

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Crime in Bexhill Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Bexhill This Year

 BexhillEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,33329.5424,03428.344.1% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft320.711,2761.50111% safer
Burglary1423.153,0413.5914% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3778.356,9618.211.7% more dangerous
Drugs861.912,2032.6036% safer
Other Crime681.511,2841.510% safer
Other Theft2034.504,8155.6826% safer
Possession of Weapons390.868140.9612% safer
Public Order3026.696,2947.4211% safer
Robbery150.336080.72118% safer
Shoplifting1874.143,3743.983.9% more dangerous
Theft From the Person120.275510.65141% safer
Vehicle Crime1523.373,1813.7511% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,25727.8623,27827.451.5% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bexhill

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Bexhill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212530Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.640.840.71Getting worse
Burglary4.32.93.93.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8788Getting worse
Drugs1.21.01.61.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.11.21.5Getting worse
Other Theft4.94.354.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.840.840.86Getting worse
Public Order5677Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.580.270.580.33Safer
Shoplifting5674.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.490.530.470.27Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.14.73.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222828Getting worse

Changes In Bexhill's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bexhill's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bexhill that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bexhill Down---1-00.06
Collington Wood Recreation Ground3----14.2

Comparing Bexhill to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bexhill63.65-
Barnet67.716% more dangerous
Coventry77.4118% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8126% more dangerous
Bristol86.2126% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8738% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Bexhill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bexhill Central1,098114First
Bexhill North & Sidley83186Second
Kewhurst25531Third

Crime in Bexhill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bexhill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Bexhill saw a 900% increase in drugs. Bexhill saw a large fall in shoplifting during April, when it fell by 87% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Bexhill's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+46%+116%+70%-29%-29%-14%-4%+28%+36%+83%
Bicycle Theft+300%-33%-50%-75%-+200%+67%+50%-40%-
Burglary-5%--5%-39%-56%-+27%-17%-58%-75%
Criminal Damage and Arson+31%-+7%-53%-10%+3%+17%--11%-41%
Drugs-33%-17%-+900%+20%+40%+33%+167%-58%-40%
Other Crime+700%+300%-43%+800%+13%-83%-43%+50%-36%-
Other Theft+6%-59%-23%--39%-4%-21%+33%-25%-29%
Possession of Weapons+300%-33%-83%+133%+25%+50%-25%-75%-75%-
Public Order-17%+5%-3%-3%+33%+6%+71%-31%+4%-15%
Robbery-75%--+200%--50%--50%--
Shoplifting+94%-87%-34%-23%-69%-64%-63%-35%-80%-50%
Theft From the Person------50%+100%+100%--67%
Vehicle Crime+78%+125%-68%-60%-43%-40%-40%-20%-52%-47%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-20%-1%-5%-20%-9%+29%+13%-21%-18%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bexhill

What police force serves Bexhill?
Bexhill's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Bexhill?
Bexhill is the most dangerous medium-sized town in East Sussex.
What is Bexhill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bexhill are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bexhill?
Bexhill's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021