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Crime and Safety in Lewes

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Lewes is the second most dangerous small town in East Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lewes in 2021 was 74 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 8% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lewes is the 221st most dangerous small town, and the 1,366th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Lewes was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.22 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Lewes residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Lewes recorded 27 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 1.5 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Lewes are violence and sexual offences, with 482 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 2.7% lower than 2020's figure of 495 offences and a difference of 0.73 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Lewes's least common crime is robbery, with 8 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 12% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Lewes 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, East Sussex

2.6% higher, regional crime rate

South East

3.6% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lewes is 2.6% higher than the South East and 3.6% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lewes Crime Rate Over Time

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Lewes Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lewes 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 Lewes

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021741,324
2020671,195
2019811,462
2018831,485
2017721,294
2016621,107

Crime in Lewes Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Lewes This Year

 LewesEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour51228.5321,72425.62 10% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft372.061,2591.48 28% more dangerous
Burglary663.682,0122.37 36% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson21411.936,4897.65 36% more dangerous
Drugs502.792,1082.49 11% more dangerous
Other Crime724.011,2491.47 63% more dangerous
Other Theft683.795,0255.93 56% safer
Possession of Weapons130.727090.84 17% safer
Public Order1588.816,9348.18 7% more dangerous
Robbery80.454810.57 27% safer
Shoplifting744.123,2073.78 8% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.504930.58 16% safer
Vehicle Crime734.072,8323.34 18% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences48226.8624,83129.28 9% safer

Lewes Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Seaford93537.9594% safer
Uckfield66043.6969% safer
Polegate41944.7165% safer
Peacehaven80151.6943% safer
Hailsham1,21753.8137% safer
Lewes1,32473.79-
Newhaven1,17990.0318% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lewes

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Recent Crimes in Lewes

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crisp RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Rotten RowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broomans LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Spital RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Well House PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Eastgate WharfInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Nevill RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broomans LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Meridian RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Nevill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect

Lewes Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour28303629 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.12.61.22.1 Safer
Burglary3.963.83.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111012 Getting worse
Drugs1.81.92.02.8 Getting worse
Other Crime2.81.72.24.0 Getting worse
Other Theft783.93.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.670.890.500.72 Safer
Public Order8789 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.500.670.390.45 Getting worse
Shoplifting854.44.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.51.20.720.50 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.872.64.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31292827 Safer

Changes In Lewes's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lewes's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Lewes that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Baxter's Field10----16
Convent Field Playing Field3-1--51.9
The Paddock21---12.1

Comparing Lewes to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0810% safer
Lewes73.79-
Croydon82.4811% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0518% more dangerous
Bristol90.5218% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6443% more dangerous
Bradford132.2844% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Lewes's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lewes Central & East78678First
Lewes West55271Second

Crime in Lewes During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lewes change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Lewes saw a 300% increase in drugs. Lewes saw a large fall in vehicle crime during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Lewes's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+43%+43%+95%+36%-+40%-+5%+2%-59%
Bicycle Theft-40%--50%-33%-33%-57%-50%-+100%-
Burglary+30%--38%-73%-14%-22%-27%-38%-40%+75%
Criminal Damage and Arson+86%-72%-50%+23%-26%+64%--8%-20%-50%
Drugs---40%-+300%+150%+50%--25%-67%
Other Crime+67%+150%-+100%+125%----67%-
Other Theft-71%-55%-80%-11%-45%-71%-17%-55%+50%-69%
Possession of Weapons----+50%--33%---
Public Order+25%-50%+20%-24%+18%+36%-+67%+9%-15%
Robbery----50%------
Shoplifting+86%-38%--67%-38%-33%+17%+33%-14%-17%
Theft From the Person--+100%--+50%-+200%--60%
Vehicle Crime-61%-90%-73%-87%-29%-67%+200%+20%-57%-71%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%+2%-21%-21%-19%-+40%-34%-20%-20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lewes

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

How dangerous is Lewes?
Lewes is the second most dangerous small town in East Sussex.

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

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

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