Hailsham Crime Overview

Hailsham is the third most dangerous small town in East Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hailsham in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 14% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hailsham is the 318th most dangerous small town, and the 2,126th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Hailsham was the worst small town in East Sussex for burglary, with 16 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.71 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Hailsham residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 1.4 per 1,000 residents. Hailsham recorded 5 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.22 the worst small town for drugs in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Hailsham are violence and sexual offences, with 576 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 6% higher than 2019's figure of 543 offences and a difference of 1.46 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Hailsham's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Hailsham Compared To East Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Hailsham This Year

 HailshamEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour55624.5824,03428.3415% safer
Bicycle Theft120.531,2761.50183% safer
Burglary723.183,0413.5913% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1878.276,9618.210.73% more dangerous
Drugs562.482,2032.604.8% safer
Other Crime271.191,2841.5127% safer
Other Theft914.024,8155.6841% safer
Possession of Weapons170.758140.9628% safer
Public Order1456.416,2947.4216% safer
Robbery40.186080.72300% safer
Shoplifting833.673,3743.988% safer
Theft From the Person60.275510.65141% safer
Vehicle Crime733.233,1813.7516% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences57625.4723,27827.458% safer

Hailsham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heathfield and Waldron44035.6467% safer
Seaford94238.2356% safer
Uckfield63241.8343% safer
Polegate47550.6918% safer
Peacehaven82953.5011% safer
Hailsham1,34959.65-
Lewes1,19566.6010% more dangerous
Newhaven1,11284.9230% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hailsham

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Hailsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19182025Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.27-0.310.53Getting worse
Burglary4.62.73.43.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson89108Safer
Drugs0.490.801.02.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.11.11.2Safer
Other Theft6564.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.400.660.750.75Getting worse
Public Order6566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.270.350.18Safer
Shoplifting3.53.24.03.7Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.350.440.27Safer
Vehicle Crime53.54.33.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19232425Getting worse

Changes In Hailsham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hailsham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hailsham59.65-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Hailsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hailsham Central & East47075First
Hailsham East41768Second
Hailsham South & West34660Third

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021