Alton Crime Overview

Alton is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 69th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Alton in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Alton is the 373rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,437th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Alton was the worst small town in Hampshire for criminal damage and arson, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Alton residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Alton recorded 11 reports of other theft during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.57 the worst small town for other theft in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Alton are violence and sexual offences, with 526 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 20% higher than 2019's figure of 422 offences and a difference of 5.41 from 2019's crime rate of 22. Alton's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 250% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Crime in Alton Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Alton This Year

 AltonHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour32416.8433,04017.866% safer
Bicycle Theft30.162,4151.31719% safer
Burglary442.298,2094.4494% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1477.6413,5517.334.1% more dangerous
Drugs311.614,8442.6263% safer
Other Crime160.832,3661.2854% safer
Other Theft693.598,1904.4323% safer
Possession of Weapons221.141,7250.9318% more dangerous
Public Order1367.0715,5268.3919% safer
Robbery20.101,1700.63530% safer
Shoplifting422.187,9204.2896% safer
Theft From the Person40.217910.43105% safer
Vehicle Crime341.777,4604.03128% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52627.3455,48129.9910% safer

Alton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fleet1,08346.6620% safer
Hook37646.8919% safer
Fair Oak and Horton Heath51848.0516% safer
Bishopstoke50548.6415% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,10353.195% safer
Alton1,07655.92-
Romsey82856.631.3% more dangerous
Whitehill75858.604.6% more dangerous
Petersfield90658.644.6% more dangerous
Fawley86061.229% more dangerous
Ringwood92763.4512% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Alton

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Recent Crimes in Alton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Spenser CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Thornton EndInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robertson CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Robertson CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Possession of weaponsOn or near Littlefield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Gerald SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Langham RoadOffender given a caution
August 2021Public orderOn or near Lime AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near BuntingsUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lenten StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lenten StreetLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lenten StreetLocal resolution
August 2021Other theftOn or near Duchess CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Duchess CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grebe CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Alton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1681317Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.622.01.10.16Safer
Burglary3.93.33.82.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9888Safer
Drugs1.21.21.31.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.21.10.83Safer
Other Theft54.84.33.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.730.831.1Getting worse
Public Order54.957Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.310.360.10Safer
Shoplifting3.063.82.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.471.80.680.21Safer
Vehicle Crime4.23.43.81.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20212227Getting worse

Changes In Alton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Alton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Alton55.92-
Barnet67.7117% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Alton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alton Ashdell, Whitedown & Amery41438Second
Alton Westbrooke & Eastbrooke56389First

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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021