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Crime and Safety in Bexhill, East Sussex

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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 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bexhill in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 15% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bexhill is the 59th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,313rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Bexhill was the worst medium-sized town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.11 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Bexhill residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.09 per 1,000 residents. Bexhill recorded 32 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.71 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 1,279 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 1.7% higher than 2020's figure of 1,257 offences and a difference of 0.48 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Bexhill's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 15 crimes.

Bexhill 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, East Sussex

21% lower, regional crime rate

South East

29% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bexhill is 21% lower than the South East and 29% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bexhill Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Bexhill represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bexhill

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021592,671
2020642,872
2019703,144
2018562,526
2017562,527
2016482,178

Crime in Bexhill Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Bexhill This Year

 BexhillEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,05223.3121,72425.62 10% safer
Bicycle Theft300.661,2591.48 124% safer
Burglary611.352,0122.37 76% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3447.626,4897.65 0.39% safer
Drugs831.842,1082.49 35% safer
Other Crime471.041,2491.47 41% safer
Other Theft1894.195,0255.93 42% safer
Possession of Weapons300.667090.84 27% safer
Public Order3006.656,9348.18 23% safer
Robbery50.114810.57 418% safer
Shoplifting1563.463,2073.78 9% safer
Theft From the Person200.444930.58 32% safer
Vehicle Crime1272.812,8323.34 19% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,27928.3424,83129.28 3.3% safer

Crime Over Time in Bexhill

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Recent Crimes in Bexhill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hastings RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cornwall RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ninfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wannock CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Roundacres WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Barnhorn RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near King Offa WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near De La Warr RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sidley GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bowrey PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cumberland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St James' RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Gavin Astor CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Piltdown CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Albert RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hollier'S HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Jameson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sackville RoadLocal resolution

Bexhill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21253023 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.640.840.710.66 Safer
Burglary2.93.93.21.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7888 Safer
Drugs1.01.61.91.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.51.0 Safer
Other Theft4.354.54.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.840.860.66 Safer
Public Order6777 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.580.330.11 Safer
Shoplifting674.13.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.470.270.44 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.14.73.42.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22282828 Getting 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 2021.

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
Bexhill59.19-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Bexhill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bexhill Central93297First
Bexhill North & Sidley68971Second
Kewhurst31138Third

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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