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Crime and Safety in Brighton and Hove

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Brighton and Hove is the most dangerous city in East Sussex, and is the third most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Brighton and Hove in 2021 was 95 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 29% 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 the 22nd most dangerous city, and the 680th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Brighton and Hove had the worst crime rate in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 46 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Brighton and Hove residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 71 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Brighton and Hove recorded 175 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.71 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 9,227 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 38. This is 4.2% higher than 2020's figure of 8,837 offences and a difference of 1.59 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Brighton and Hove's least common crime is theft from the person, with 280 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 15% from 2020's figure of 321 crimes.

Brighton and Hove 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, East Sussex

24% higher, regional crime rate

South East

20% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Brighton and Hove is 24% higher than the South East and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Brighton and Hove Crime Rate Over Time

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Brighton and Hove Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Brighton and Hove 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 Brighton and Hove

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219523,307
20209723,715
201910826,466
20189723,728
20179723,715
20169222,534

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 Behaviour8,61835.1921,72425.62 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft9763.991,2591.48 63% more dangerous
Burglary7763.172,0122.37 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1978.976,4897.65 15% more dangerous
Drugs9693.962,1082.49 37% more dangerous
Other Crime4801.961,2491.47 25% more dangerous
Other Theft2,2929.365,0255.93 37% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3031.247090.84 32% more dangerous
Public Order2,92011.926,9348.18 31% more dangerous
Robbery2811.154810.57 50% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,4555.943,2073.78 36% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2801.144930.58 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,1514.702,8323.34 29% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences9,22737.6724,83129.28 22% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Brighton and Hove

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Recent Crimes in Brighton and Hove

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near York PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Olivier CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ann StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Windsor StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Montpelier VillasUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Theatre/Concert HallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dyke RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Ashton RiseLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Luke'S TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Russell SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Lansdowne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Port Hall MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bevendean CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Flimwell CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near College StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Brighton and Hove Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31273935 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.34.73.84.0 Safer
Burglary4.764.53.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1010109 Safer
Drugs3.53.94.04.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.82.22.12.0 Safer
Other Theft131289 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.51.71.51.2 Safer
Public Order9101112 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.91.41.2 Safer
Shoplifting7976 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.42.21.31.1 Safer
Vehicle Crime7764.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences33373638 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0842% safer
Croydon82.4815% safer
Sheffield90.056% safer
Bristol90.525% safer
Brighton and Hove95.16-
Coventry102.247% more dangerous
Leicester111.5915% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0623% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6427% more dangerous
Bradford132.2828% more dangerous
Leeds150.9437% 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 Kemptown as the third most dangerous area. Brighton and Hove's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Fiveways, Hollingbury, and West Blatchington.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aldrington5087013th
Aldrington South3114719th
Bevendean & Moulsecoomb East62177Tenth
Brunswick1,261128Fourth
Elm Grove & Bear Road3924022nd
Fiveways2392925th
Goldsmid East4545117th
Goldsmid West80786Seventh
Hangleton South6537312th
Hanover4554620th
Hollingbury2323523rd
Hove Central73280Ninth
Kemptown1,179140Third
King Alfred4645716th
North Laine & the Lanes6,172487First
Patcham East4886214th
Portslade by Sea68881Eighth
Preston Park5205915th
Roedean & Marina938122Fifth
Round Hill7627411th
Seven Dials4274521st
St James's Street & Queen's Park1,769188Second
West Blatchington2363124th
Whitehawk991108Sixth
Withdean Woods4365018th

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 BehaviourWithdean Woods (125)North Laine & the Lanes (1,753)
Bicycle TheftBevendean & Moulsecoomb East (2)North Laine & the Lanes (311)
BurglaryHangleton South (12)North Laine & the Lanes (156)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWest Blatchington (22)North Laine & the Lanes (443)
DrugsAldrington South (6)North Laine & the Lanes (270)
Other CrimeFiveways (2)North Laine & the Lanes (134)
Other TheftFiveways (22)North Laine & the Lanes (707)
Possession of WeaponsElm Grove & Bear Road (1)North Laine & the Lanes (98)
Public OrderFiveways (24)North Laine & the Lanes (779)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hollingbury (1)North Laine & the Lanes (91)
ShopliftingFiveways (1)North Laine & the Lanes (761)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Seven Dials (1)North Laine & the Lanes (152)
Vehicle CrimeWest Blatchington (13)North Laine & the Lanes (185)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFiveways (83)North Laine & the Lanes (2,085)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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%
Burglary-5%-19%-33%-43%-7%-52%-46%-55%-61%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%-25%-15%-12%+2%+54%+12%-19%-24%+18%
Drugs-13%-18%+21%+10%+8%-55%+63%+13%+11%+87%
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%
Robbery-45%-66%-4%+70%+13%-28%+60%-34%-65%-35%
Shoplifting-36%-47%-51%-25%-39%-42%-19%-18%-39%-43%
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).

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