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Crime and Safety in Eastbourne

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Eastbourne is the safest major town in East Sussex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Eastbourne in 2021 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Eastbourne is the 39th safest major town, and the 1,250th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Eastbourne was the worst major town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.02 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Eastbourne residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Eastbourne recorded 22 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst major town for drugs in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Eastbourne are violence and sexual offences, with 4,141 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 3,834 offences and a difference of 2.68 from 2020's crime rate of 33. Eastbourne's least common crime is robbery, with 67 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 39% from 2020's figure of 93 crimes.

Eastbourne 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, East Sussex

6% higher, regional crime rate

South East

0.07% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Eastbourne is 6% higher than the South East and 0.07% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Eastbourne Crime Rate Over Time

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Eastbourne Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021768,782
2020768,771
2019809,232
2018758,588
2017748,523
2016647,312

Crime in Eastbourne Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Eastbourne This Year

 EastbourneEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,27128.4921,72425.62 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1010.881,2591.48 68% safer
Burglary2992.602,0122.37 9% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9298.096,4897.65 5% more dangerous
Drugs3463.012,1082.49 17% more dangerous
Other Crime1551.351,2491.47 9% safer
Other Theft6685.825,0255.93 1.9% safer
Possession of Weapons1080.947090.84 11% more dangerous
Public Order1,0759.366,9348.18 13% more dangerous
Robbery670.584810.57 1.7% more dangerous
Shoplifting5414.713,2073.78 20% more dangerous
Theft From the Person730.644930.58 9% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2792.432,8323.34 37% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,14136.0724,83129.28 19% more dangerous

Eastbourne Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eastbourne8,78276.49-
Hastings9,375100.2324% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Eastbourne

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Recent Crimes in Eastbourne

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Close NineInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Saddlers MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cherwell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Swanley CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Priory HeightsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eastbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Constable RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kirkstall CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Burrow Down CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Dallington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bolton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Spring CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Park LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The SanctuaryInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Eastbourne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour25243128 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.71.30.88 Safer
Burglary3.94.64.22.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson101098 Safer
Drugs2.12.43.13.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.21.41.4 Getting worse
Other Theft6766 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.971.11.00.94 Safer
Public Order7889 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.830.800.810.58 Safer
Shoplifting764.54.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.820.880.780.64 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.83.42.42.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31333336 Getting worse

Changes In Eastbourne's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Eastbourne's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Archery Recreation Ground1012-91218
Motcombe Gardens51---111
Seaside Recreation Ground19-1-6112

Comparing Eastbourne to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0814% safer
Eastbourne76.49-
Croydon82.487% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0515% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2425% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0638% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6441% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Eastbourne's Neighbourhoods

Pier is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Eastbourne, followed by King Edward's Parade in second place, and Hampden Park South as the third most dangerous area. Eastbourne's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Old Town & Motcombe, Roselands, and Sovereign Harbour.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hampden Park North46860Seventh
Hampden Park South79598Third
King Edward's Parade1,073136Second
Langney East52566Sixth
Langney West58979Fourth
Old Town & Motcombe42652Ninth
Pier2,217264First
Roselands48454Eighth
Sovereign Harbour31843Tenth
Upperton47668Fifth

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSovereign Harbour (110)Pier (817)
Bicycle TheftRoselands (1)Hampden Park South (34)
BurglaryHampden Park North (7)King Edward's Parade (66)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSovereign Harbour (34)Pier (189)
DrugsSovereign Harbour (6)Pier (93)
Other CrimeSovereign Harbour (6)Pier (33)
Other TheftOld Town & Motcombe (27)Pier (178)
Possession of WeaponsUpperton (3)Pier (30)
Public OrderSovereign Harbour (28)Pier (290)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Old Town & Motcombe (3)Pier (24)
ShopliftingHampden Park North (1)Pier (219)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Langney East (1)Pier (34)
Vehicle CrimeLangney East (10)Langney West (32)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSovereign Harbour (159)Pier (1,012)

Crime in Eastbourne During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Eastbourne change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Eastbourne saw a 333% increase in robbery. Eastbourne saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 75% compared to May in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Eastbourne's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+107%+91%+57%+10%+17%+7%+53%+2%-33%
Bicycle Theft-20%-56%-56%-21%-56%-7%--50%-42%+82%
Burglary+61%-5%+8%-48%-52%-29%-20%-13%-66%-45%
Criminal Damage and Arson-5%-29%--19%+21%-12%-14%-14%-20%-31%
Drugs-13%+105%+160%+20%--+7%+32%+40%+12%
Other Crime+21%+18%-67%+45%-60%-42%+86%+77%+54%+260%
Other Theft-9%-51%-27%-44%-33%-29%+15%-21%-34%-41%
Possession of Weapons-36%+60%-33%-+70%+9%-25%+70%-8%-43%
Public Order+37%+16%-28%+39%-17%+20%+23%+16%+26%-3%
Robbery+333%--75%+50%+17%-55%-+17%-57%-50%
Shoplifting-29%-56%-53%-33%-54%-39%-24%+3%-14%-16%
Theft From the Person+43%---75%-64%+9%-+33%-38%-17%
Vehicle Crime+35%--68%-64%-54%-61%-55%+27%-24%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-15%-7%+10%+11%+10%-6%-10%-12%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Eastbourne

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

How dangerous is Eastbourne?
Eastbourne is the safest major town in East Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Eastbourne?
Eastbourne's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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