Brighton and Hove Crime Overview

Brighton and Hove is the most dangerous city in East Sussex, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brighton and Hove in 2020 was 97 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Brighton and Hove is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 553rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Brighton and Hove had the worst crime rate in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 58 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Brighton and Hove residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 60 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Brighton and Hove recorded 252 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 1.0 the worst for criminal damage and arson in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Brighton and Hove are violence and sexual offences, with 8,837 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 1.6% lower than 2019's figure of 8,979 offences and a difference of 0.58 from 2019's crime rate of 37. Brighton and Hove's least common crime is theft from the person, with 321 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 72% from 2019's figure of 551 crimes.

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Crime in Brighton and Hove Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Brighton and Hove This Year

 Brighton and HoveEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9,53638.9424,03428.3427% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft9303.801,2761.5061% more dangerous
Burglary1,1034.503,0413.5920% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,53610.356,9618.2121% more dangerous
Drugs9673.952,2032.6034% more dangerous
Other Crime5102.081,2841.5127% more dangerous
Other Theft2,0678.444,8155.6833% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3591.478140.9635% more dangerous
Public Order2,59110.586,2947.4230% more dangerous
Robbery3471.426080.7249% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,6196.613,3743.9840% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3211.315510.6550% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,5286.243,1813.7540% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences8,83736.0823,27827.4524% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brighton and Hove

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Brighton and Hove Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour37312739Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.
Criminal Damage and Arson10101010Getting worse
Drugs3. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1313128Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order991011Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)
Vehicle Crime6776Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32333736Getting worse

Changes In Brighton and Hove's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Brighton and Hove's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Aldrington Recreation Ground19-3-578
Blakers Park27115-120
Knoll Recreation Ground2---323.5
Nevill Playing Field15-11254.6
Pavilion Gardens3113-28428
Portland Recreation Ground23-2-2343
Saunders Recreation Ground25-71151537

Comparing Brighton and Hove to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7143% safer
Coventry77.4125% safer
Croydon83.2216% safer
Sheffield85.8113% safer
Bristol86.2112% safer
Brighton and Hove96.83-
Leicester97.440.63% more dangerous
Birmingham102.876% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2810% more dangerous
Bradford133.0227% more dangerous
Leeds137.1029% more dangerous

Crime in Brighton and Hove's Neighbourhoods

North Laine & the Lanes is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Brighton and Hove, followed by St James's Street & Queen's Park in second place, and Brunswick as the third most dangerous area. Brighton and Hove's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Elm Grove & Bear Road, Fiveways, and West Blatchington.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aldrington South3355121st
Bevendean & Moulsecoomb East6387912th
Elm Grove & Bear Road3613724th
Goldsmid East5325918th
Goldsmid West7568111th
Hangleton South76485Seventh
Hove Central76884Ninth
King Alfred4996216th
North Laine & the Lanes5,422428First
Patcham East6227913th
Portslade by Sea71985Eighth
Preston Park5886715th
Roedean & Marina880114Fifth
Round Hill87184Tenth
Seven Dials4885120th
St James's Street & Queen's Park1,703181Second
West Blatchington3114123rd
Withdean Woods5376117th

Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Brighton and Hove for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHollingbury (86)North Laine & the Lanes (1,810)
Bicycle TheftBevendean & Moulsecoomb East (1)North Laine & the Lanes (242)
BurglaryElm Grove & Bear Road (13)North Laine & the Lanes (204)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFiveways (32)North Laine & the Lanes (401)
DrugsAldrington South (2)North Laine & the Lanes (253)
Other CrimeWest Blatchington (5)North Laine & the Lanes (144)
Other TheftFiveways (12)North Laine & the Lanes (556)
Possession of WeaponsElm Grove & Bear Road (2)North Laine & the Lanes (111)
Public OrderFiveways (18)North Laine & the Lanes (624)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Portslade by Sea (3)North Laine & the Lanes (91)
ShopliftingHanover (3)North Laine & the Lanes (720)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)West Blatchington (1)North Laine & the Lanes (173)
Vehicle CrimeFiveways (24)North Laine & the Lanes (144)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFiveways (84)North Laine & the Lanes (1,759)

Crime in Brighton and Hove During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Brighton and Hove change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Brighton and Hove saw a 126% increase in anti-social behaviour. Brighton and Hove saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 79% compared to November in 2019. Theft From the Person saw a fall in every month of Brighton and Hove's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+126%+124%+80%+27%+46%+28%+59%+14%+0%
Bicycle Theft-49%-33%+1%-1%-34%-29%-5%+13%-59%-13%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-25%-15%-12%+2%+54%+12%-19%-24%+18%
Other Crime-24%-53%-23%+41%-51%+35%+4%+7%-28%+5%
Other Theft-36%-62%-52%-42%-33%-22%-13%-21%-38%-27%
Possession of Weapons-30%-11%-11%-33%-21%+36%+6%-13%-26%-48%
Public Order-7%+20%-6%+12%+23%+9%+13%-13%-7%-15%
Theft From the Person-42%-72%-51%-60%-58%-56%-30%+22%-79%-54%
Vehicle Crime-33%-29%-2%+36%--26%-33%-27%-1%-51%
Violence and Sexual Offences-5%-8%-9%-5%+5%+13%0%-14%-19%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Brighton and Hove

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021