Uckfield Crime Overview

Uckfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in East Sussex, and is the 44th most dangerous overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Uckfield in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 63% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Uckfield is the 276th safest small town, and the 4,106th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2020, Uckfield was the worst small town in East Sussex for possession of weapons, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Uckfield residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Uckfield recorded 1 report of robbery during December 2019, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for robbery in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Uckfield are violence and sexual offences, with 263 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 9% lower than 2019's figure of 287 offences and a difference of 1.59 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Uckfield's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Uckfield Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Uckfield This Year

 UckfieldEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour37024.4924,03428.3416% safer
Bicycle Theft30.201,2761.50650% safer
Burglary150.993,0413.59263% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson966.356,9618.2129% safer
Drugs171.132,2032.60130% safer
Other Crime171.131,2841.5134% safer
Other Theft392.584,8155.68120% safer
Possession of Weapons120.798140.9622% safer
Public Order1046.886,2947.428% safer
Robbery40.266080.72177% safer
Shoplifting251.653,3743.98141% safer
Theft From the Person60.405510.6562% safer
Vehicle Crime312.053,1813.7583% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences26317.4123,27827.4558% safer

Uckfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Westham16321.2697% safer
Telscombe24831.4933% safer
Crowborough72332.5529% safer
Heathfield and Waldron44035.6417% safer
Seaford94238.239% safer
Uckfield63241.83-
Polegate47550.6917% more dangerous
Peacehaven82953.5022% more dangerous
Hailsham1,34959.6530% more dangerous
Lewes1,19566.6037% more dangerous
Newhaven1,11284.9251% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Uckfield

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Uckfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22212024Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.330.13-0.20Safer
Burglary4.62.42.70.99Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6876Safer
Drugs0.730.931.11.1Getting worse
Other Crime2.00.991.11.1Safer
Other Theft555.02.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.730.460.79Getting worse
Public Order4.9667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.200.200.400.26Safer
Shoplifting3.21.63.41.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.660.660.40Safer
Vehicle Crime2.22.34.02.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16161917Getting worse

Changes In Uckfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Uckfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Uckfield41.83-
Barnet67.7138% more dangerous
Coventry77.4146% more dangerous
Croydon83.2250% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8151% more dangerous
Bristol86.2151% more dangerous
Leicester97.4457% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8759% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2861% more dangerous
Bradford133.0269% more dangerous
Leeds137.1069% more dangerous

Crime in Uckfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Uckfield South24638Second
Uckfield Town & North38344First

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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021