Polegate Crime Overview

Polegate is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Polegate in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 34% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Polegate is the 409th safest small town, and the 2,972nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Polegate was the worst small town in East Sussex for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.64 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Polegate residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Polegate recorded 4 reports of bicycle theft during September 2019, making its crime rate of 0.43 the worst small town for bicycle theft in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Polegate are violence and sexual offences, with 145 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 15. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 155 offences and a difference of 1.07 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Polegate's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 150% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

Compare Polegate to other towns and cities

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

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Crime in Polegate Compared To East Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Polegate This Year

 PolegateEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14815.7924,03428.3479% safer
Bicycle Theft60.641,2761.50134% safer
Burglary151.603,0413.59124% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson616.516,9618.2126% safer
Drugs151.602,2032.6062% safer
Other Crime50.531,2841.51185% safer
Other Theft13113.984,8155.6859% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.758140.9628% safer
Public Order505.346,2947.4239% safer
Shoplifting202.133,3743.9887% safer
Theft From the Person20.215510.65210% safer
Vehicle Crime181.923,1813.7595% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14515.4723,27827.4577% safer

Polegate Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Telscombe24831.4961% safer
Crowborough72332.5556% safer
Heathfield and Waldron44035.6442% safer
Seaford94238.2333% safer
Uckfield63241.8321% safer
Polegate47550.69-
Peacehaven82953.505% more dangerous
Hailsham1,34959.6515% more dangerous
Lewes1,19566.6024% more dangerous
Newhaven1,11284.9240% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Polegate

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Polegate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16141416Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-1.51.50.64Safer
Burglary2.72.12.41.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7887Safer
Drugs0.960.640.641.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.11.50.53Safer
Other Theft881414Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.320.110.430.75Getting worse
Public Order2.854.65Getting worse
Shoplifting2.63.13.72.1Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.110.210.530.21Safer
Vehicle Crime73.13.01.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15121715Getting worse

Changes In Polegate's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Polegate's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
War Memorial Ground1----42.6

Comparing Polegate to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Polegate50.69-
Barnet67.7125% more dangerous
Coventry77.4135% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8141% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8751% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2853% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Polegate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Polegate47551First

Crime in Polegate During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Polegate change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Polegate saw a 475% increase in anti-social behaviour. Polegate saw a large fall in shoplifting during March, when it fell by 86% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-29%+33%+475%+63%+17%-38%-25%+33%-8%+83%
Bicycle Theft-----50%--75%--50%-
Burglary--33%--80%-67%---75%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-40%-18%-+25%+25%-50%+50%-33%-50%+14%
Drugs-----+100%--+100%-
Other Crime----------
Other Theft+9%-15%-69%-18%+31%+78%-47%-18%-50%-30%
Public Order-25%-+100%+300%---29%-14%-25%-
Shoplifting-86%--+67%-50%+200%+50%---75%
Vehicle Crime----75%+100%+200%---67%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+91%-77%-23%-62%-41%+50%-8%+86%+40%+113%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Polegate

What police force serves Polegate?
Polegate's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Polegate?
Polegate is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex.
What is Polegate's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Polegate are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Polegate?
Polegate's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021