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Crime and Safety in Peacehaven

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Peacehaven is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Peacehaven in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 31% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Peacehaven is the 361st safest small town, and the 3,064th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Peacehaven was the worst small town in East Sussex for drugs, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Peacehaven residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Peacehaven recorded 1 report of robbery during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for robbery in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Peacehaven are violence and sexual offences, with 453 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 16% higher than 2020's figure of 382 offences and a difference of 4.58 from 2020's crime rate of 25. Peacehaven's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Peacehaven 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, East Sussex

39% lower, regional crime rate

South East

48% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Peacehaven is 39% lower than the South East and 48% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Peacehaven Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Peacehaven 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 Peacehaven

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202152801
202054829
201956873
201844687
201747731
201647724

Crime in Peacehaven Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Peacehaven This Year

 PeacehavenEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour40125.8821,72425.62 1.0% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft10.061,2591.48 2367% safer
Burglary241.552,0122.37 53% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson815.236,4897.65 46% safer
Drugs261.682,1082.49 48% safer
Other Crime150.971,2491.47 52% safer
Other Theft432.775,0255.93 114% safer
Possession of Weapons120.777090.84 9% safer
Public Order895.746,9348.18 43% safer
Robbery40.264810.57 119% safer
Shoplifting271.743,2073.78 117% safer
Theft From the Person30.194930.58 205% safer
Vehicle Crime231.482,8323.34 126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45329.2324,83129.28 0.17% safer

Peacehaven Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1152% safer
Telscombe28736.4442% safer
Seaford93537.9536% safer
Uckfield66043.6918% safer
Polegate41944.7116% safer
Peacehaven80151.69-
Hailsham1,21753.813.9% more dangerous
Lewes1,32473.7930% more dangerous
Newhaven1,17990.0343% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Peacehaven

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Recent Crimes in Peacehaven

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Badgers FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bramber AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The SycamoresOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Downland AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Neville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Keymer AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Second RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BrickyOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Seaview RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Malines Avenue SouthInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Arundel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lake DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Edith AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near PromenadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cavell AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Capel AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Edith AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Peacehaven Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21182526 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.710.450.06 Safer
Burglary2.03.63.01.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7665 Safer
Drugs1.11.71.51.7 Getting worse
Other Crime0.770.971.00.97 Getting worse
Other Theft3.43.92.92.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.900.520.77 Getting worse
Public Order4.5566 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.260.650.26 Safer
Shoplifting1.31.63.31.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.320.390.060.19 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.072.91.5 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20242529 Getting worse

Changes In Peacehaven's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Peacehaven to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Peacehaven51.69-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0543% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Coventry102.2449% more dangerous
Leicester111.5954% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Peacehaven's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Peacehaven East44357First
Peacehaven West35847Second

Crime in Peacehaven During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Peacehaven change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Peacehaven saw a 700% increase in shoplifting. Peacehaven saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 93% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+81%+226%+246%+11%-33%-24%-13%+100%-19%-27%
Bicycle Theft---50%------50%-
Burglary-60%-43%-60%-14%-75%+300%-25%+25%+33%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+129%-8%-67%-13%+100%+350%+33%-38%-33%+133%
Drugs-67%----33%-+100%+200%-60%-75%
Other Crime+100%--+100%---75%-33%--
Other Theft--50%-17%-40%-43%-17%--25%-40%-57%
Possession of Weapons-----+100%----
Public Order-17%+300%+38%+80%-38%-14%+80%+120%-11%-62%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+150%-50%+700%+100%+500%+200%+100%+600%-60%-75%
Theft From the Person-------50%---
Vehicle Crime-17%-43%-93%-20%-10%-50%-85%-88%-64%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+24%-37%+33%+13%+46%--21%-30%-51%+74%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Peacehaven

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

How dangerous is Peacehaven?
Peacehaven is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in East Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Peacehaven?
Peacehaven's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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