Westham Crime Overview

Westham is the second safest small town in East Sussex, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of East Sussex's 109 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Westham in 2020 was 21 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to East Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 220% lower than the East Sussex rate of 68 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Westham is the 44th safest small town, and the 2,979th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2019, Westham was the worst small town in East Sussex for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Westham are violence and sexual offences, with 77 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 67 offences and a difference of 1.30 from 2019's crime rate of 9. Westham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Westham Compared To East Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Westham This Year

 WesthamEast Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour9412.2624,03428.34131% safer
Bicycle Theft10.131,2761.501054% safer
Burglary162.093,0413.5972% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson182.356,9618.21249% safer
Drugs30.392,2032.60567% safer
Other Crime40.521,2841.51190% safer
Other Theft101.304,8155.68337% safer
Public Order192.486,2947.42199% safer
Shoplifting30.393,3743.98921% safer
Vehicle Crime121.573,1813.75139% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7710.0423,27827.45173% safer

Westham Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Willingdon and Jevington12616.7327% safer
Telscombe24831.4932% more dangerous
Crowborough72332.5535% more dangerous
Heathfield and Waldron44035.6440% more dangerous
Seaford94238.2344% more dangerous
Uckfield63241.8349% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Westham

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Westham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour4.73.8812Getting worse
Bicycle Theft--0.390.13Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.
Drugs0.390.130.390.39Getting worse
Other Crime0.520.520.650.52Safer
Other Theft2.
Public Order2. worse
Shoplifting0.130.130.910.39No change
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences57910Getting worse

Changes In Westham's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Westham to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7169% more dangerous
Coventry77.4173% more dangerous
Croydon83.2274% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8175% more dangerous
Bristol86.2175% more dangerous
Leicester97.4478% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8779% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2880% more dangerous
Bradford133.0284% more dangerous
Leeds137.1084% 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 May, when Westham saw a 433% increase in anti-social behaviour. Westham saw a large fall in other theft during October, when it fell by 80% compared to October in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-25%+225%+433%+80%-42%+50%+175%-60%-+267%
Criminal Damage and Arson---33%---33%-+100%--67%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft--50%-50%--67%--75%-80%--
Public Order+100%----33%-50%-50%-+100%+100%
Vehicle Crime-----75%-+150%-60%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+60%-27%-+75%+400%+200%+20%-75%+60%+50%

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 crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021