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Crime and Safety in Hailsham

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Hailsham is the third most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hailsham in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hailsham is the 384th safest small town, and the 2,843rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Hailsham was the worst small town in East Sussex for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Hailsham residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.75 per 1,000 residents. Hailsham recorded 3 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for drugs in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Hailsham are violence and sexual offences, with 593 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 2.9% higher than 2020's figure of 576 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Hailsham's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 20% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Hailsham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, East Sussex

34% lower, regional crime rate

South East

42% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hailsham is 34% lower than the South East and 42% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hailsham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Hailsham 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 Hailsham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021541,217
2020601,349
2019621,398
2018551,248
2017561,266
201641918

Crime in Hailsham Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Hailsham This Year

 HailshamEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour44219.5421,72425.62 31% safer
Bicycle Theft100.441,2591.48 236% safer
Burglary462.032,0122.37 17% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1647.256,4897.65 6% safer
Drugs291.282,1082.49 95% safer
Other Crime251.111,2491.47 32% safer
Other Theft733.235,0255.93 84% safer
Possession of Weapons110.497090.84 71% safer
Public Order1396.156,9348.18 33% safer
Robbery50.224810.57 159% safer
Shoplifting733.233,2073.78 17% safer
Theft From the Person60.274930.58 115% safer
Vehicle Crime431.902,8323.34 76% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences59326.2224,83129.28 12% safer

Hailsham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Telscombe28736.4448% safer
Seaford93537.9542% safer
Uckfield66043.6923% safer
Polegate41944.7120% safer
Peacehaven80151.694.1% safer
Hailsham1,21753.81-
Lewes1,32473.7927% more dangerous
Newhaven1,17990.0340% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hailsham

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Recent Crimes in Hailsham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ash CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A271Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The StringwalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Freshfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Hailsham QuintinsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The HawthornsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cameron CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A271Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gemma CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tennis CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near George StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bell Banks RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Iona CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bayham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Observatory ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Silverdale CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Hailsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18202520 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.310.530.44 Getting worse
Burglary2.73.43.22.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91087 Safer
Drugs0.801.02.51.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.11.21.1 Safer
Other Theft564.03.2 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.750.750.49 Safer
Public Order5666 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.350.180.22 Safer
Shoplifting3.24.03.73.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.350.440.270.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.54.33.21.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23242526 Getting worse

Changes In Hailsham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hailsham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hailsham53.81-
Barnet67.0820% more dangerous
Croydon82.4835% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0540% more dangerous
Bristol90.5241% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5952% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Hailsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hailsham Central & East51382First
Hailsham East32653Second
Hailsham South & West28349Third

Crime in Hailsham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hailsham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Hailsham saw a 800% increase in drugs. Hailsham saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 80% compared to July in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Hailsham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+95%+242%+63%+12%-+8%+13%-33%-14%-23%
Bicycle Theft+100%--50%-------
Burglary-38%+40%+25%+20%-80%+23%-50%-50%-43%-78%
Criminal Damage and Arson--60%-43%-12%-21%-42%-32%+7%-6%-62%
Drugs+600%+350%+500%-+800%-57%-33%-+400%+100%
Other Crime+100%---20%-50%--+150%--33%
Other Theft-31%-17%-33%-55%-52%-67%-50%-33%--25%
Possession of Weapons+100%+100%-+100%+100%+100%+50%--50%-
Public Order+14%+27%+8%-18%-6%-20%+33%-10%+73%-54%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-38%-50%-38%-+233%-56%-13%+100%+63%-67%
Theft From the Person-50%---------
Vehicle Crime-59%+71%-40%--57%-33%--46%--
Violence and Sexual Offences-18%+33%+33%+10%+4%+23%+27%-2%-29%-6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hailsham

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

How dangerous is Hailsham?
Hailsham is the third most dangerous small town in East Sussex.

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

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

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