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Crime and Safety in Crowborough

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Crowborough is the third safest small town in East Sussex, and is the 34th safest overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crowborough in 2021 was 30 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 125% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crowborough is the 111st safest small town, and the 4,586th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, Crowborough was the worst small town in East Sussex for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Crowborough residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.63 per 1,000 residents. Crowborough recorded 11 reports of other theft during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.50 the worst small town for other theft in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Crowborough are violence and sexual offences, with 301 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 0.66% lower than 2020's figure of 303 offences and a difference of 0.09 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Crowborough's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 50% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Crowborough 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, East Sussex

138% lower, regional crime rate

South East

153% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Crowborough is 138% lower than the South East and 153% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Crowborough Crime Rate Over Time

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Crowborough Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Crowborough 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 Crowborough

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202130670
202033723
201932704
201828614
201738837
201626588

Crime in Crowborough Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Crowborough This Year

 CrowboroughEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour24811.1721,72425.62 129% safer
Bicycle Theft20.091,2591.48 1544% safer
Burglary231.042,0122.37 128% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson894.016,4897.65 91% safer
Drugs170.772,1082.49 223% safer
Other Crime80.361,2491.47 308% safer
Other Theft773.475,0255.93 71% safer
Possession of Weapons80.367090.84 133% safer
Public Order622.796,9348.18 193% safer
Robbery20.094810.57 533% safer
Shoplifting411.853,2073.78 104% safer
Theft From the Person40.184930.58 222% safer
Vehicle Crime361.622,8323.34 106% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30113.5524,83129.28 116% safer

Crowborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington719.43220% safer
Westham11615.1399% safer
Crowborough67030.16-
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1112% more dangerous
Telscombe28736.4417% more dangerous
Seaford93537.9521% more dangerous
Uckfield66043.6931% more dangerous
Polegate41944.7133% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crowborough

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Recent Crimes in Crowborough

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pellings RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Graycoats DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mottins HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Knowle CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near St Michaels CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Poundfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Jefferies WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pine GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North Beeches RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Burnt Oak RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Crowborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour891411 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.180.140.140.09 Safer
Burglary1.92.41.41.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.74.064.0 Safer
Drugs0.540.541.10.77 Getting worse
Other Crime0.680.410.720.36 Safer
Other Theft3.73.52.53.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.320.500.36 Safer
Public Order2.63.32.82.8 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.090.140.09No change
Shoplifting1.52.51.41.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.360.270.270.18 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.51.91.81.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10121414 Getting worse

Changes In Crowborough's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Crowborough's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Crowborough that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Jarvis Brook Country Park1---100.27
Limekiln Playing Field21---11.1
Wolfe Recreation Ground81---02.6

Comparing Crowborough to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Crowborough30.16-
Barnet67.0855% more dangerous
Croydon82.4863% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0567% more dangerous
Bristol90.5267% more dangerous
Coventry102.2471% more dangerous
Leicester111.5973% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0675% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6477% more dangerous
Bradford132.2877% more dangerous
Leeds150.9480% more dangerous

Crime in Crowborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Crowborough North East16726Third
Crowborough South East25732Second
Crowborough Whitehill & Warren24532First

Crime in Crowborough During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Crowborough change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Crowborough saw a 300% increase in criminal damage and arson. Crowborough saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 92% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+82%+122%+90%+43%+63%+94%+5%-+83%+256%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-56%-57%+200%-40%-80%+33%--50%-50%-89%
Criminal Damage and Arson+300%-50%+14%+129%--22%-56%-50%+300%+120%
Drugs---+300%--+200%-+200%-
Other Crime---50%-+100%--+100%--
Other Theft-83%+25%--60%-92%-62%+150%-33%-30%+167%
Possession of Weapons---50%------50%-
Public Order-33%-75%-50%+33%-9%+40%-38%-60%-+83%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting---50%-75%-60%-33%-33%--80%+9%
Theft From the Person+100%------+100%--
Vehicle Crime+50%-75%-80%--83%--75%+33%--57%
Violence and Sexual Offences+69%+44%-33%-+41%-14%+38%-+25%-29%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Crowborough

What police force serves Crowborough?
Crowborough's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.

How dangerous is Crowborough?
Crowborough is the third safest small town in East Sussex.

What is Crowborough's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Crowborough are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Crowborough?
Crowborough's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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