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Crime and Safety in Alton, Hampshire

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Alton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 269 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Alton in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 22% lower than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Alton is the 288th most dangerous small town, and the 1,794th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Alton was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Hampshire for criminal damage and arson, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.94 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Alton residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Alton recorded 3 reports of bicycle theft during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Alton are violence and sexual offences, with 615 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 526 offences and a difference of 4.62 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Alton's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 33% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Alton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hampshire

10% lower, regional crime rate

South East

12% lower, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Alton is 10% lower than the South East and 12% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Alton Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Alton represent the time frame between April 2019 and March 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Alton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,252
2020561,076
2019571,095
2018601,146
2017541,043
201642806

Crime in Alton Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Alton This Year

 AltonHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30415.8027,80815.03 4.9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft110.572,4531.33 133% safer
Burglary502.607,4744.04 55% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1296.7014,0467.59 13% safer
Drugs422.184,6742.53 16% safer
Other Crime120.622,3201.25 102% safer
Other Theft995.159,2114.98 3.3% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons170.881,6540.89 1.1% safer
Public Order1698.7818,96410.25 17% safer
Robbery30.161,1030.60 275% safer
Shoplifting381.978,0724.36 121% safer
Theft From the Person80.428730.47 12% safer
Vehicle Crime593.079,1784.96 62% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61531.9667,12736.29 14% safer

Alton Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
West End64054.4320% safer
Hedge End1,26956.7815% safer
Ringwood89361.126% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,26861.156% safer
Petersfield1,00064.720.54% safer
Alton1,25265.07-
Whitehill87267.413.5% more dangerous
Lymington and Pennington1,11668.164.5% more dangerous
Romsey1,01469.356% more dangerous
Hound54471.899% more dangerous
Fawley1,01171.9710% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Alton

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Recent Crimes in Alton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Tower StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near GurdonsLocal resolution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The LamportsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pound GateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Youngs RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near GurdonsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Vyne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near ComplinsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Jenner WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tilney CloseLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Waterside CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gaskell CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Adams WayLocal resolution
March 2022Other theftOn or near Waterside CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Langham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Amery HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Alton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour8131716 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.01.10.160.57 Safer
Burglary3.33.82.32.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8887 Safer
Drugs1.21.31.62.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.10.830.62 Safer
Other Theft4.84.33.65 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.730.831.10.88 Getting worse
Public Order4.9579 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.310.360.100.16 Safer
Shoplifting63.82.22.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.80.680.210.42 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.81.83.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21222732 Getting worse

Changes In Alton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Alton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9363% safer
Birmingham49.6031% safer
Alton65.07-
Barnet67.083.0% more dangerous
Croydon82.4821% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0328% more dangerous
Bristol90.5228% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Alton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alton Ashdell, Whitedown & Amery59655Second
Alton Westbrooke & Eastbrooke57191First

Crime in Alton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Alton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Alton saw a 800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Alton saw a large fall in vehicle crime during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+800%-30%-22%+17%+31%+30%+9%-24%-18%+192%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary-63%-50%--89%-50%-38%-67%-71%-57%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+23%-29%+100%-59%-86%+22%-8%-55%+130%-40%
Drugs--+200%-25%+50%+50%+40%-25%+200%-
Other Crime----80%+300%-50%--50%+100%+100%
Other Theft-13%-10%+40%-91%-78%-+100%-60%--
Possession of Weapons-50%-50%+100%-+200%-----
Public Order+57%+40%+57%+11%+15%+200%-27%-7%+14%+10%
Robbery------50%----
Shoplifting+33%-86%-82%-50%-50%-50%-33%+25%-75%-60%
Theft From the Person---------67%-
Vehicle Crime+25%-60%----67%--92%-15%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-20%-3%+38%+48%+50%+67%+32%+3%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Alton

What police force serves Alton?
Alton's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Alton?
Alton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire.

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

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

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