Newhaven Crime Overview

Newhaven is the most dangerous small town in East Sussex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newhaven in 2020 was 85 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 20% higher than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newhaven is the 101st most dangerous small town, and the 835th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Newhaven was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Newhaven residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.69 per 1,000 residents. Newhaven recorded 6 reports of drugs during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.46 the worst small town for drugs in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Newhaven are violence and sexual offences, with 521 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 40. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 567 offences and a difference of 3.51 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Newhaven's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Newhaven Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Newhaven This Year

 NewhavenEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45734.9024,03428.3419% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft90.691,2761.50117% safer
Burglary594.513,0413.5920% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1229.326,9618.2112% more dangerous
Drugs352.672,2032.602.6% more dangerous
Other Crime322.441,2841.5138% more dangerous
Other Theft745.654,8155.680.53% safer
Possession of Weapons141.078140.9610% more dangerous
Public Order15011.456,2947.4235% more dangerous
Robbery120.926080.7222% more dangerous
Shoplifting433.283,3743.9821% safer
Theft From the Person70.535510.6523% safer
Vehicle Crime342.603,1813.7544% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52139.7923,27827.4531% more dangerous

Newhaven Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Uckfield63241.83103% safer
Polegate47550.6968% safer
Peacehaven82953.5059% safer
Hailsham1,34959.6542% safer
Lewes1,19566.6028% safer
Newhaven1,11284.92-

Crime Over Time in Newhaven

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Newhaven Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour41342835Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.760.840.69Safer
Burglary5.04.054.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson911119Safer
Drugs2.12.13.42.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.31.32.4Getting worse
Other Theft7666Safer
Possession of Weapons1.40.761.31.1Safer
Public Order99911Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.150.691.20.92Getting worse
Shoplifting4.03.253.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.921.10.690.53Safer
Vehicle Crime3.84.4102.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34344340Getting worse

Changes In Newhaven's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Newhaven's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Drove Park1---110.90

Comparing Newhaven to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7125% safer
Coventry77.4110% safer
Croydon83.222.0% safer
Newhaven84.92-
Sheffield85.811.0% more dangerous
Bristol86.211.5% more dangerous
Leicester97.4413% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8717% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2821% more dangerous
Bradford133.0236% more dangerous
Leeds137.1038% more dangerous

Crime in Newhaven's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newhaven Town58887First
Newhaven West52482Second

Crime in Newhaven During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newhaven change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Newhaven saw a 600% increase in other crime. Newhaven saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 88% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-18%+65%-23%+55%+95%+62%+85%+100%+44%+47%
Bicycle Theft-------50%---
Burglary+83%-25%-80%-86%+167%-67%-43%-56%+50%-63%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+67%-55%-10%-45%+56%-14%-23%-21%-46%
Drugs+200%-50%--25%-25%-50%-40%-71%-50%-25%
Other Crime+100%+100%+200%+50%--+100%-+600%-67%
Other Theft-22%-67%-78%+100%+80%-20%-+60%+50%+17%
Possession of Weapons+100%--67%---+25%---
Public Order-79%+11%+67%-19%-7%+67%+50%+83%+78%+129%
Robbery--75%-33%-50%--+100%---
Shoplifting-88%--50%-13%--29%--75%-71%+300%
Theft From the Person---50%-------
Vehicle Crime-77%-63%--84%-83%-67%-83%+150%+133%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-24%-40%-8%-7%-23%-25%-10%--34%+30%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newhaven

What police force serves Newhaven?
Newhaven's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Newhaven?
Newhaven is the most dangerous small town in East Sussex.
What is Newhaven's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newhaven are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Newhaven?
Newhaven's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021