Eastbourne Crime Overview

Eastbourne is the safest major town in East Sussex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Eastbourne in 2020 was 75 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 10% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Eastbourne is the 45th safest major town, and the 1,168th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Eastbourne was the worst major town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 20 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Eastbourne residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 27 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents. Eastbourne recorded 83 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.72 the worst major town for criminal damage and arson in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Eastbourne are violence and sexual offences, with 3,759 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 33. This is 0.29% higher than 2019's figure of 3,748 offences and a difference of 0.09 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Eastbourne's least common crime is theft from the person, with 90 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 12% from 2019's figure of 101 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Eastbourne This Year

 EastbourneEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,43829.9524,03428.345% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1481.291,2761.5016% safer
Burglary4724.113,0413.5913% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,0178.866,9618.217% more dangerous
Drugs3573.112,2032.6016% more dangerous
Other Crime1651.441,2841.514.9% safer
Other Theft6885.994,8155.685% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1211.058140.969% more dangerous
Public Order9558.326,2947.4211% more dangerous
Robbery930.816080.7211% more dangerous
Shoplifting5104.443,3743.9810% more dangerous
Theft From the Person900.785510.6517% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2702.353,1813.7560% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,75932.7423,27827.4516% more dangerous

Crime in Eastbourne Compared To East Sussex

Eastbourne Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eastbourne8,64575.30-
Hastings8,82994.3920% more dangerous

Eastbourne Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32252330Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.31.61.3Safer
Burglary4.93.84.44.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson111099Safer
Drugs2.02.12.43.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.31.21.4Getting worse
Other Theft8676Safer
Possession of Weapons0.860.921.11.0Getting worse
Public Order7778Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.660.820.790.81Getting worse
Shoplifting8764.4Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.810.880.78Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.73.32.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25313333Getting worse

Changes In Eastbourne's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Eastbourne to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7111% safer
Eastbourne75.30-
Coventry77.412.7% more dangerous
Croydon83.2210% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8112% more dangerous
Bristol86.2113% more dangerous
Leicester97.4423% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8727% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% 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 North51465Sixth
Hampden Park South78597Third
King Edward's Parade1,216154Second
Langney East45257Seventh
Langney West53071Fifth
Old Town & Motcombe44654Eighth
Pier1,986237First
Roselands47153Ninth
Sovereign Harbour33646Tenth
Upperton56481Fourth

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 BehaviourRoselands (182)Pier (795)
Bicycle TheftOld Town & Motcombe (1)Pier (38)
BurglarySovereign Harbour (9)King Edward's Parade (82)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSovereign Harbour (35)Pier (214)
DrugsSovereign Harbour (6)Pier (89)
Other CrimeOld Town & Motcombe (6)Pier (39)
Other TheftSovereign Harbour (23)Pier (170)
Possession of WeaponsSovereign Harbour (2)Pier (35)
Public OrderSovereign Harbour (26)Pier (246)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Sovereign Harbour (1)Pier (43)
ShopliftingHampden Park North (2)Pier (140)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Roselands (1)Pier (43)
Vehicle CrimeSovereign Harbour (11)Hampden Park South (33)
Violence and Sexual OffencesOld Town & Motcombe (172)Pier (828)

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%+103%+88%+56%+12%+19%+6%+56%+2%-33%
Bicycle Theft-20%-56%-56%-17%-56%-7%--50%-42%+82%
Burglary+66%+3%+8%-47%-47%-26%-20%-11%-66%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-29%+4%-14%+30%-8%-13%-13%-18%-31%
Drugs-13%+105%+179%+20%-+4%+7%+27%+40%+12%
Other Crime+21%+18%-67%+45%-60%-36%+86%+92%+67%+220%
Other Theft-6%-51%-30%-44%-34%-29%+19%-18%-32%-40%
Possession of Weapons-36%+60%-33%-+70%+9%-25%+70%-8%-43%
Public Order+35%+16%-27%+42%-17%+22%+25%+14%+27%-6%
Robbery+333%--75%+50%+27%-55%-+17%-57%-50%
Shoplifting-28%-58%-52%-35%-54%-39%-23%+3%-14%-13%
Theft From the Person+43%---75%-64%+9%-+33%-38%-17%
Vehicle Crime+46%--66%-64%-53%-64%-59%+28%-22%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-14%-6%+9%+9%+9%-5%-8%-13%-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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021