Crowborough Crime Overview

Crowborough is among the top 5 safest small towns in East Sussex, and is the 48th safest overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Crowborough in 2020 was 33 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 109% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crowborough is the 146th safest small town, and the 5,501st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Crowborough was the worst small town in East Sussex for criminal damage and arson, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.50 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Crowborough residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Crowborough recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst small town for possession of weapons in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Crowborough are violence and sexual offences, with 303 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 276 offences and a difference of 1.21 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Crowborough's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Crowborough Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Crowborough This Year

 CrowboroughEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30413.6924,03428.34107% safer
Bicycle Theft30.141,2761.50971% safer
Burglary321.443,0413.59149% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1346.036,9618.2136% safer
Drugs251.132,2032.60130% safer
Other Crime160.721,2841.51110% safer
Other Theft552.484,8155.68129% safer
Possession of Weapons110.508140.9692% safer
Public Order632.846,2947.42161% safer
Robbery30.146080.72414% safer
Shoplifting321.443,3743.98176% safer
Theft From the Person60.275510.65141% safer
Vehicle Crime401.803,1813.75108% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30313.6423,27827.45101% safer

Crowborough Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington12616.7395% safer
Westham16321.2653% safer
Telscombe24831.493.4% safer
Heathfield and Waldron44035.649% more dangerous
Seaford94238.2315% more dangerous
Uckfield63241.8322% more dangerous
Polegate47550.6936% more dangerous
Peacehaven82953.5039% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Crowborough

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Crowborough Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour128914Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0. worse
Criminal Damage and Arson73.74.06Getting worse
Drugs0.950.540.541.1Getting worse
Other Crime0.590.680.410.72Getting worse
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons0.270.540.320.50Getting worse
Public Order2.
Robbery (inc. mugging)--0.090.14Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.360.270.27Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences12101214Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7152% more dangerous
Coventry77.4158% more dangerous
Croydon83.2261% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8162% more dangerous
Bristol86.2162% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8768% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1076% more dangerous

Crime in Crowborough's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Crowborough North East21533First
Crowborough South East25431Third
Crowborough Whitehill & Warren25033Second

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+82%+122%+90%+43%+63%+94%+5%-+83%+256%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+300%-50%+14%+129%--22%-56%-50%+300%+120%
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%
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 among the top 5 safest small towns 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021