Seaford Crime Overview

Seaford is among the top 10 safest small towns in East Sussex, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaford in 2020 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 78% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaford is the 215th safest small town, and the 4,756th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Seaford was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Seaford residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Seaford recorded 19 reports of criminal damage and arson during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.77 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Seaford are violence and sexual offences, with 408 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 456 offences and a difference of 1.95 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Seaford's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 60% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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Crime in Seaford Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Seaford This Year

 SeafordEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour50020.2924,03428.3440% safer
Bicycle Theft190.771,2761.5095% safer
Burglary411.663,0413.59116% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1245.036,9618.2163% safer
Drugs331.342,2032.6094% safer
Other Crime230.931,2841.5162% safer
Other Theft702.844,8155.68100% safer
Possession of Weapons150.618140.9657% safer
Public Order1275.156,2947.4244% safer
Robbery50.206080.72260% safer
Shoplifting391.583,3743.98152% safer
Theft From the Person60.245510.65171% safer
Vehicle Crime321.303,1813.75188% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40816.5623,27827.4566% safer

Seaford Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington12616.73129% safer
Westham16321.2680% safer
Telscombe24831.4921% safer
Crowborough72332.5517% safer
Heathfield and Waldron44035.647% safer
Seaford94238.23-
Uckfield63241.839% more dangerous
Polegate47550.6925% more dangerous
Peacehaven82953.5029% more dangerous
Hailsham1,34959.6536% more dangerous
Lewes1,19566.6043% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaford

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Seaford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161320Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.690.610.570.77Getting worse
Burglary3.22.23.01.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5.0675Safer
Drugs0.611.51.31.3Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.00.810.93Safer
Other Theft3.94.04.22.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.530.570.61Getting worse
Public Order4.13.74.15Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.040.320.080.20Getting worse
Shoplifting1.91.31.41.6Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.530.490.24Safer
Vehicle Crime1.82.62.71.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15181917Safer

Changes In Seaford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Seaford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Crouch Gardens4---122.5
Salts Recreation Ground1811-523.2

Comparing Seaford to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Seaford38.23-
Barnet67.7144% more dangerous
Coventry77.4151% more dangerous
Croydon83.2254% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8155% more dangerous
Bristol86.2156% more dangerous
Leicester97.4461% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8763% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2864% more dangerous
Bradford133.0271% more dangerous
Leeds137.1072% more dangerous

Crime in Seaford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Blatchington21522Third
Seaford Eastbourne Road23128Second
Seaford Town49674First

Crime in Seaford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Seaford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Seaford saw a 300% increase in drugs. Seaford saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 92% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+86%+277%+97%+18%+126%-16%+18%+35%-52%
Bicycle Theft-+50%-50%-+200%-----
Burglary-17%+33%-25%-78%-44%-20%-82%+100%-43%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%--20%-68%+186%-48%+12%-68%-71%-36%
Drugs-50%+300%-33%+67%+100%--71%-83%--
Other Crime-+33%+50%-----50%-67%+100%
Other Theft-50%-14%+75%+33%-77%-67%-14%-38%-45%-50%
Possession of Weapons----67%-67%+100%-50%---
Public Order+122%+75%-30%-67%+22%-8%+167%-+143%-
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+67%-33%--+200%-33%-67%--33%+25%
Theft From the Person----33%------
Vehicle Crime-50%+150%-92%-83%---25%--50%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-42%+26%+2%-30%-8%-22%-31%-9%-47%+6%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Seaford

What police force serves Seaford?
Seaford's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Seaford?
Seaford is among the top 10 safest small towns in East Sussex.
What is Seaford's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Seaford are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Seaford?
Seaford's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021