Search...
Home
/
East Sussex
/
Hastings

Crime and Safety in Hastings

Page highlights:

Hastings is the most dangerous major town in East Sussex, and is the second most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hastings in 2021 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hastings is the 35th most dangerous major town, and the 584th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Hastings had the worst crime rate in East Sussex for possession of weapons, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Hastings residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 88 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. Hastings recorded 28 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.30 the worst for other crime in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Hastings are violence and sexual offences, with 4,165 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 7% higher than 2020's figure of 3,858 offences and a difference of 3.29 from 2020's crime rate of 41. Hastings's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 61 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 7% from 2020's figure of 57 crimes.

Hastings 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Major Towns, East Sussex

28% higher, regional crime rate

South East

24% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hastings is 28% higher than the South East and 24% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hastings Crime Rate Over Time

>
Hastings
South East
England, Wales & NI

Hastings Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hastings 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

Use Crime Map

Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.

Tap to view map
Incident key:
 
Low
 
Medium
 
High
Design element, blobs on the top Design element, blobs on the bottom

Monthly
Crime Reports

Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.

Area
All of the UK
Hastings
Frequency
Monthly
ASAP
Type
Local Resident
Investor
Other

Historical Crime Rates for Hastings

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211009,375
2020948,815
20191059,865
2018979,088
2017938,724
2016928,591

Crime in Hastings Compared To East Sussex

Are you researching this topic for an article or project?

We're available to answer questions about crime data and can supply custom data to support your work.

Questions & Requests

Email us directly

[email protected]

Summary of Crimes in Hastings This Year

 HastingsEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,33135.6121,72425.62 28% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft610.651,2591.48 128% safer
Burglary2502.672,0122.37 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,22513.106,4897.65 42% more dangerous
Drugs3343.572,1082.49 30% more dangerous
Other Crime1942.071,2491.47 29% more dangerous
Other Theft7007.485,0255.93 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1261.357090.84 38% more dangerous
Public Order1,10411.806,9348.18 31% more dangerous
Robbery730.784810.57 27% more dangerous
Shoplifting5075.423,2073.78 30% more dangerous
Theft From the Person630.674930.58 13% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5736.132,8323.34 46% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,16544.5324,83129.28 34% more dangerous

Hastings Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Eastbourne8,78276.4931% safer
Hastings9,375100.23-

Crime Over Time in Hastings

View crime percentage over time for

Recent Crimes in Hastings

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Matthew'S GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near View BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Robertson PassageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Battle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Priory RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Old Harrow RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Keats CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Highwater ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High Beech CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Nelson RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashburnham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Matthew'S DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Silchester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Eversfield PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution

Hastings Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30273836 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.940.980.610.65 Safer
Burglary654.12.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12131313 Getting worse
Drugs2.93.73.83.6 Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.52.02.1 Getting worse
Other Theft9977 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.91.41.4 Safer
Public Order991012 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.10.931.00.78 Safer
Shoplifting674.85 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.960.980.610.67 Safer
Vehicle Crime8756 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39454145 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0849% safer
Croydon82.4822% safer
Sheffield90.0511% safer
Bristol90.5211% safer
Hastings100.23-
Coventry102.242.0% more dangerous
Leicester111.5910% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0619% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6423% more dangerous
Bradford132.2824% more dangerous
Leeds150.9434% 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 Silverhill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashdown51460Eighth
Braybrooke & Bohemia882103Fifth
Broomgrove957130Third
Central Hastings1,929272First
Central St Leonards1,227140Second
Conquest & St Helens48650Ninth
Hollington887111Fourth
Old Hastings63683Sixth
Silverhill70379Seventh

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 (156)Central Hastings (571)
Bicycle TheftAshdown (1)Central Hastings (28)
BurglaryConquest & St Helens (14)Central Hastings (43)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAshdown (59)Central Hastings (215)
DrugsConquest & St Helens (12)Central Hastings (67)
Other CrimeConquest & St Helens (9)Central Hastings (36)
Other TheftConquest & St Helens (30)Central Hastings (189)
Possession of WeaponsOld Hastings (5)Central Hastings (29)
Public OrderConquest & St Helens (35)Central Hastings (256)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Conquest & St Helens (3)Central St Leonards (17)
ShopliftingBroomgrove (2)Central Hastings (211)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ashdown (2)Central Hastings (24)
Vehicle CrimeAshdown (25)Central Hastings (67)
Violence and Sexual OffencesConquest & St Helens (247)Central Hastings (753)

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, vehicle crime, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+34%+126%+84%+21%-10%+12%+15%+35%+112%+107%
Bicycle Theft-77%+50%-33%-20%-80%-73%-75%---17%
Burglary-19%-54%-29%-13%+3%+9%+21%-52%-34%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+9%-13%-27%-16%-6%-22%-22%+15%-21%-36%
Drugs-25%+6%-23%-27%+3%+45%-7%-13%--10%
Other Crime+64%+40%+13%+58%+367%+88%+22%+10%+33%-31%
Other Theft-10%-54%-43%-30%-20%-38%+18%-14%-43%-44%
Possession of Weapons-37%-60%-23%-15%+5%+23%-33%-25%-50%-69%
Public Order+2%-1%-7%+9%+22%+67%-11%+22%+38%+3%
Robbery+29%-57%+117%-+11%+40%-11%-25%-64%-67%
Shoplifting-32%-17%--48%-30%-55%-59%-41%-46%-43%
Theft From the Person-29%-69%-89%-57%-56%-20%-57%-80%-38%+100%
Vehicle Crime--59%-54%-37%-44%-32%-18%-26%-49%-42%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-30%-12%-4%-9%+13%0%-4%-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.

Search icon

Search by area