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Crime and Safety in Polegate

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Polegate is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Polegate in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 52% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Polegate is the 258th safest small town, and the 3,960th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Polegate was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Polegate residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.96 per 1,000 residents. Polegate recorded 9 reports of shoplifting during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.96 the worst small town for shoplifting in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Polegate are violence and sexual offences, with 152 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 4.6% higher than 2020's figure of 145 offences and a difference of 0.75 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Polegate's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 600% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Polegate 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, East Sussex

61% lower, regional crime rate

South East

71% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Polegate is 61% lower than the South East and 71% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Polegate Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Polegate 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 Polegate

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202145419
202051475
201957532
201846430
201748451
201636337

Crime in Polegate Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Polegate This Year

 PolegateEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17518.6721,72425.62 37% safer
Bicycle Theft40.431,2591.48 244% safer
Burglary80.852,0122.37 179% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson717.586,4897.65 0.92% safer
Drugs80.852,1082.49 193% safer
Other Crime111.171,2491.47 26% safer
Other Theft798.435,0255.93 30% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons10.117090.84 664% safer
Public Order454.806,9348.18 70% safer
Shoplifting272.883,2073.78 31% safer
Vehicle Crime131.392,8323.34 140% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15216.2224,83129.28 81% safer

Polegate Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Crowborough67030.1648% safer
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1131% safer
Telscombe28736.4423% safer
Seaford93537.9518% safer
Uckfield66043.692.3% safer
Polegate41944.71-
Peacehaven80151.6914% more dangerous
Hailsham1,21753.8117% more dangerous
Lewes1,32473.7939% more dangerous
Newhaven1,17990.0350% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Polegate

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Recent Crimes in Polegate

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wannock DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bernhard GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Brown Jack AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brightling RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Chestnut DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brightling RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brightling RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bay Tree LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Polegate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14141619 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.50.640.43 Safer
Burglary2.12.41.60.85 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8878 Getting worse
Drugs0.640.641.60.85 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.50.531.2 Safer
Other Theft814148 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.110.430.750.11 Safer
Public Order54.654.8 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.13.72.12.9 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.01.91.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12171516 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Polegate to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Polegate44.71-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Polegate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Polegate41544First

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 crimes are possession of weapons.

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