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Crime and Safety in Uckfield

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Uckfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Uckfield in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 56% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Uckfield is the 241st safest small town, and the 4,123rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Uckfield was the worst small town in East Sussex for burglary, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Uckfield residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 15 crimes at a rate of 0.99 per 1,000 residents. Uckfield recorded 6 reports of other theft during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.40 the worst small town for other theft in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Uckfield are violence and sexual offences, with 306 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 263 offences and a difference of 2.84 from 2020's crime rate of 17. Uckfield's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Uckfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, East Sussex

65% lower, regional crime rate

South East

75% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Uckfield is 65% lower than the South East and 75% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Uckfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Uckfield 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 Uckfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202144660
202042632
201951773
201844670
201746696
201639590

Crime in Uckfield Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Uckfield This Year

 UckfieldEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27318.0721,72425.62 42% safer
Burglary120.792,0122.37 200% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson815.366,4897.65 43% safer
Drugs161.062,1082.49 135% safer
Other Crime171.131,2491.47 30% safer
Other Theft442.915,0255.93 104% safer
Possession of Weapons80.537090.84 58% safer
Public Order785.166,9348.18 59% safer
Robbery20.134810.57 338% safer
Shoplifting442.913,2073.78 30% safer
Theft From the Person120.794930.58 27% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime402.652,8323.34 26% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30620.2524,83129.28 45% safer

Uckfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Westham11615.13189% safer
Crowborough67030.1645% safer
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1128% safer
Telscombe28736.4420% safer
Seaford93537.9515% safer
Uckfield66043.69-
Polegate41944.712.3% more dangerous
Peacehaven80151.6915% more dangerous
Hailsham1,21753.8119% more dangerous
Lewes1,32473.7941% more dangerous
Newhaven1,17990.0351% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Uckfield

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Recent Crimes in Uckfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ellis WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingfisher CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Library WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Olives MeadowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brown'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lewes RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Public orderOn or near Civic ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lewes RoadOffender given a caution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Michelham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Nevill GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hunters WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tainter'S BrookUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near New Barn LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Library WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Civic ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Uckfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21202418 Safer
Burglary2.42.70.990.79 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8765 Safer
Drugs0.931.11.11.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.991.11.11.1 Safer
Other Theft55.02.62.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.460.790.53 Safer
Public Order6675 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.400.260.13 Safer
Shoplifting1.63.41.62.9 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.660.660.400.79 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.34.02.02.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16191720 Getting worse

Changes In Uckfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Uckfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Uckfield43.69-
Barnet67.0835% more dangerous
Croydon82.4847% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0551% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2457% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6466% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Uckfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Uckfield South28744First
Uckfield Town & North37143Second

Crime in Uckfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Uckfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Uckfield saw a 800% increase in criminal damage and arson. Uckfield saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 90% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+55%+52%+54%+75%-13%+40%-35%-28%-10%-31%
Burglary--+33%-56%--67%----50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%--11%-9%+63%+800%-33%-40%-69%-69%
Drugs----80%-50%----83%-
Other Crime-+50%+100%--50%--+100%--
Other Theft+33%-75%-43%-57%-50%-88%+50%-50%-67%-86%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+25%-67%-58%+11%+56%+120%+20%-25%-+63%
Shoplifting-57%-80%-67%-78%-17%----67%-50%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+300%-78%--90%+50%-78%-63%--80%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-40%-31%+15%-6%+75%+5%-20%-11%-35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Uckfield

What police force serves Uckfield?
Uckfield's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.

How dangerous is Uckfield?
Uckfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex.

What is Uckfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Uckfield are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Uckfield?
Uckfield's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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