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Crime and Safety in Westham

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Westham is the second safest small town in East Sussex, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of East Sussex's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Westham in 2021 was 15 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 349% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Westham is the 78th safest small town, and the 1,653rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2016, Westham was the worst small town in East Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2016 was also a bad month for Westham residents, when it was East Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.52 per 1,000 residents. Westham recorded 1 report of drugs during February 2016, making its crime rate of 0.13 the worst small town for drugs in East Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Westham are violence and sexual offences, with 40 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 5. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 34 offences and a difference of 0.79 from 2020's crime rate of 4.4. Westham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021.

Westham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, East Sussex

375% lower, regional crime rate

South East

405% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Westham is 375% lower than the South East and 405% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Westham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Westham 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 Westham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202115116
20201398
201916120
20181075
20171188
20161185

Crime in Westham Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Westham This Year

 WesthamEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour425.4821,72425.62 368% safer
Bicycle Theft40.521,2591.48 185% safer
Burglary81.042,0122.37 128% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson151.966,4897.65 290% safer
Drugs20.262,1082.49 858% safer
Other Crime30.391,2491.47 277% safer
Other Theft172.225,0255.93 167% safer
Possession of Weapons10.137090.84 546% safer
Public Order111.436,9348.18 472% safer
Shoplifting40.523,2073.78 627% safer
Vehicle Crime111.432,8323.34 134% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences405.2224,83129.28 461% safer

Westham Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington719.4360% safer
Westham11615.13-
Crowborough67030.1650% more dangerous
Heathfield and Waldron42134.1156% more dangerous
Telscombe28736.4458% more dangerous
Seaford93537.9560% more dangerous
Uckfield66043.6965% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Westham

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Recent Crimes in Westham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Peelings LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hobney RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Eastbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Springfield CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Milton StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mill View CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near OaklandsUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Public orderOn or near Foords LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Other theftOn or near Hankham StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2022Other theftOn or near Eastbourne RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021BurglaryOn or near Mill View CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Other theftOn or near Hobney RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Other theftOn or near Eastbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Church AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
December 2021Other theftOn or near Eastbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021ShopliftingOn or near A22Investigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Public orderOn or near Eastbourne RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Westham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2.12.965 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft-0.260.130.52 Getting worse
Burglary1.71.82.01.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson0.912.02.12.0 Getting worse
Drugs0.130.130.130.26 Getting worse
Other Crime0.260.390.390.39No change
Other Theft2.03.01.02.2No change
Possession of Weapons0.130.26-0.13 Safer
Public Order0.911.61.01.4 Getting worse
Shoplifting-0.780.260.52 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime0.912.61.31.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2.92.94.45 Getting worse

Changes In Westham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Westham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Westham15.13-
Barnet67.0877% more dangerous
Croydon82.4882% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0583% more dangerous
Bristol90.5283% more dangerous
Coventry102.2485% more dangerous
Leicester111.5986% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0688% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6488% more dangerous
Bradford132.2889% more dangerous
Leeds150.9490% more dangerous

Crime in Westham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Westham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Westham saw a 400% increase in anti-social behaviour. Westham saw a large fall in other theft during July, when it fell by 80% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+250%-+33%+100%-+400%-50%-60%+400%
Burglary+100%-33%---+100%+100%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson----------50%
Other Theft--50%-75%--80%--67%-50%--
Public Order------33%----
Vehicle Crime-----75%-+300%-75%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+400%+50%--+400%---+50%+20%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Westham

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

How dangerous is Westham?
Westham is the second safest small town in East Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Westham?
Westham's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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