Hastings Crime Overview

Hastings is the most dangerous major town in East Sussex, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hastings in 2020 was 94 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hastings is the 38th most dangerous major town, and the 613rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2018, Hastings had the worst crime rate in East Sussex for other crime, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2015 was also a bad month for Hastings residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Hastings are violence and sexual offences, with 3,860 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 4,193 offences and a difference of 3.56 from 2019's crime rate of 45. Hastings's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 57 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 61% from 2019's figure of 92 crimes.

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Crime in Hastings Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Hastings This Year

 HastingsEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,55137.9624,03428.3425% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft570.611,2761.50146% safer
Burglary3844.113,0413.5913% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,18212.646,9618.2135% more dangerous
Drugs3543.782,2032.6031% more dangerous
Other Crime1892.021,2841.5125% more dangerous
Other Theft6266.694,8155.6815% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1351.448140.9633% more dangerous
Public Order94310.086,2947.4226% more dangerous
Robbery941.006080.7228% more dangerous
Shoplifting4544.853,3743.9818% more dangerous
Theft From the Person580.625510.654.8% safer
Vehicle Crime4935.273,1813.7529% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,86041.2723,27827.4533% more dangerous

Hastings Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eastbourne8,64575.3025% safer

Crime Over Time in Hastings

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Hastings Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour37302738Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.940.980.61Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121313Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft9997Safer
Possession of Weapons1.
Public Order89910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.830.960.980.62Safer
Vehicle Crime7875Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35394541Getting worse

Changes In Hastings's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hastings's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Hastings that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Alexandra Park47-847112.1
The Oval1---212.1

Comparing Hastings to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7139% safer
Coventry77.4122% safer
Croydon83.2213% safer
Sheffield85.8110% safer
Bristol86.219% safer
Leicester97.443.1% more dangerous
Birmingham102.878% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2812% more dangerous
Bradford133.0229% more dangerous
Leeds137.1031% more dangerous

Crime in Hastings's Neighbourhoods

Central Hastings is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Hastings, followed by Central St Leonards in second place, and Broomgrove as the third most dangerous area. Hastings's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ashdown, Conquest & St Helens, and Old Hastings.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Braybrooke & Bohemia82096Fifth
Central Hastings1,703240First
Central St Leonards1,167133Second
Conquest & St Helens48150Ninth
Old Hastings53870Seventh

Hastings Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourConquest & St Helens (186)Central Hastings (601)
Bicycle TheftConquest & St Helens (1)Central Hastings (14)
BurglaryBraybrooke & Bohemia (20)Central St Leonards (61)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAshdown (36)Central Hastings (186)
DrugsAshdown (13)Central Hastings (74)
Other CrimeOld Hastings (7)Central Hastings (35)
Other TheftAshdown (31)Central Hastings (136)
Possession of WeaponsAshdown (4)Central Hastings (30)
Public OrderConquest & St Helens (42)Central Hastings (209)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Conquest & St Helens (3)Central Hastings (23)
ShopliftingBroomgrove (1)Central Hastings (182)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Conquest & St Helens (1)Central Hastings (30)
Vehicle CrimeAshdown (15)Central Hastings (60)
Violence and Sexual OffencesConquest & St Helens (221)Central Hastings (688)

Crime in Hastings During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hastings change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Hastings saw a 367% increase in other crime. Hastings saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019. Hastings saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, shoplifting, theft from the person, and violence and sexual offences.

Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+125%+84%+22%-10%+13%+15%+34%+111%+108%
Bicycle Theft-77%+50%-33%-20%-80%-73%-75%---17%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-13%-28%-16%-6%-22%-22%+14%-21%-37%
Other Crime+64%+40%+13%+58%+367%+88%+22%+20%+33%-31%
Other Theft-10%-54%-43%-29%-20%-36%+18%-14%-43%-45%
Possession of Weapons-37%-60%-23%-15%+5%+23%-33%-25%-53%-69%
Public Order+2%-1%-7%+9%+22%+67%-11%+22%+38%+5%
Theft From the Person-29%-69%-89%-43%-56%-20%-57%-80%-38%+100%
Vehicle Crime-3%-60%-54%-37%-45%-32%-19%-26%-50%-41%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-30%-12%-5%-9%+13%0%-5%-2%-27%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hastings

What police force serves Hastings?
Hastings's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Hastings?
Hastings is the most dangerous major town in East Sussex.
What is Hastings's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hastings are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hastings?
Hastings's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021