Peacehaven Crime Overview

Peacehaven is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Peacehaven in 2020 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 27% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Peacehaven is the 397th most dangerous small town, and the 2,658th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Peacehaven was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.06 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Peacehaven residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.19 per 1,000 residents. Peacehaven recorded 6 reports of other crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst small town for other crime in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Peacehaven are violence and sexual offences, with 382 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 2.1% higher than 2019's figure of 374 offences and a difference of 0.51 from 2019's crime rate of 24. Peacehaven's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 500% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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See how Peacehaven shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Peacehaven and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Peacehaven Compared To East Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Peacehaven This Year

 PeacehavenEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38124.5924,03428.3415% safer
Bicycle Theft70.451,2761.50233% safer
Burglary473.033,0413.5918% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson986.326,9618.2130% safer
Drugs231.482,2032.6076% safer
Other Crime161.031,2841.5147% safer
Other Theft452.904,8155.6896% safer
Possession of Weapons80.528140.9685% safer
Public Order966.206,2947.4220% safer
Robbery100.656080.7211% safer
Shoplifting513.293,3743.9821% safer
Theft From the Person10.065510.65983% safer
Vehicle Crime452.903,1813.7529% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38224.6523,27827.4511% safer

Peacehaven Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Crowborough72332.5564% safer
Heathfield and Waldron44035.6450% safer
Seaford94238.2340% safer
Uckfield63241.8328% safer
Polegate47550.696% safer
Peacehaven82953.50-
Hailsham1,34959.6510% more dangerous
Lewes1,19566.6020% more dangerous
Newhaven1,11284.9237% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Peacehaven

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Peacehaven Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30211825Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.320.390.710.45Safer
Burglary2.82.03.63.0Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson8766Safer
Drugs0.901.11.71.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.970.770.971.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.43.43.92.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.840.320.900.52Safer
Public Order4.34.556Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.390.260.65Getting worse
Shoplifting3.31.31.63.3Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.320.390.06Safer
Vehicle Crime1.63.072.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20202425Getting worse

Changes In Peacehaven's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Peacehaven to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Peacehaven53.50-
Barnet67.7121% more dangerous
Coventry77.4131% more dangerous
Croydon83.2236% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8138% more dangerous
Bristol86.2138% more dangerous
Leicester97.4445% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8748% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2850% more dangerous
Bradford133.0260% more dangerous
Leeds137.1061% more dangerous

Crime in Peacehaven's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Peacehaven East45758First
Peacehaven West37249Second

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 towns 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021