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Crime and Safety in Seaford

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Seaford is among the top 10 safest small towns in East Sussex, and is the 49th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Seaford in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 79% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Seaford is the 168th safest small town, and the 5,090th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Seaford was the worst small town in East Sussex for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Seaford residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Seaford recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst small town for possession of weapons in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Seaford are violence and sexual offences, with 459 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 408 offences and a difference of 2.07 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Seaford's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Seaford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, East Sussex

89% lower, regional crime rate

South East

101% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Seaford is 89% lower than the South East and 101% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Seaford Crime Rate Over Time

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Seaford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Seaford 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 Seaford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202138935
202038942
2019451,102
2018421,025
201737923
201636894

Crime in Seaford Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Seaford This Year

 SeafordEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour38215.5021,72425.62 65% safer
Bicycle Theft40.161,2591.48 825% safer
Burglary291.182,0122.37 101% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1074.346,4897.65 76% safer
Drugs331.342,1082.49 86% safer
Other Crime160.651,2491.47 126% safer
Other Theft773.135,0255.93 89% safer
Possession of Weapons130.537090.84 58% safer
Public Order1355.486,9348.18 49% safer
Robbery30.124810.57 375% safer
Shoplifting271.103,2073.78 244% safer
Theft From the Person90.374930.58 57% safer
Vehicle Crime230.932,8323.34 259% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45918.6324,83129.28 57% safer

Seaford Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington719.43302% safer
Westham11615.13151% safer
Crowborough67030.1626% safer
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1111% safer
Telscombe28736.444.1% safer
Seaford93537.95-
Uckfield66043.6913% more dangerous
Polegate41944.7115% more dangerous
Peacehaven80151.6927% more dangerous
Hailsham1,21753.8129% more dangerous
Lewes1,32473.7949% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Seaford

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Recent Crimes in Seaford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stafford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Green LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gildredge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chyngton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lexden CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little Place LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Connaught RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Barn RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near College RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little Place LaneOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hindover CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Meads RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Broad StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Broad StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Quarry LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Clinton PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Seaford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16132016 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.610.570.770.16 Safer
Burglary2.23.01.71.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6754.3 Safer
Drugs1.51.31.31.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.00.810.930.65 Safer
Other Theft4.04.22.83.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.530.570.610.53 Getting worse
Public Order3.74.155 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.080.200.12 Safer
Shoplifting1.31.41.61.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.490.240.37 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.62.71.30.93 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18191719 Getting worse

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 2021.

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
Seaford37.95-
Barnet67.0843% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Seaford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Blatchington21122Third
Seaford Eastbourne Road23929Second
Seaford Town48573First

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).

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