Fareham Crime Overview

Fareham is the safest major town in Hampshire, and is the 108th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Fareham in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 54% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Fareham is among the top 10 safest major towns, and the 3,593rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Fareham was the worst major town in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Fareham residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous major town for robbery, recording 16 crimes at a rate of 0.14 per 1,000 residents. Fareham recorded 6 reports of theft from the person during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.05 the worst major town for theft from the person in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Fareham are violence and sexual offences, with 2,331 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 0.94% higher than 2019's figure of 2,309 offences and a difference of 0.18 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Fareham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 28 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 79% from 2019's figure of 50 crimes.

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Crime in Fareham Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Fareham This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,51413.0333,04017.8637% safer
Bicycle Theft1301.122,4151.3117% safer
Burglary2962.558,2094.4474% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5464.7013,5517.3356% safer
Drugs1731.494,8442.6276% safer
Other Crime1080.932,3661.2838% safer
Other Theft3402.938,1904.4351% safer
Possession of Weapons790.681,7250.9337% safer
Public Order6515.6015,5268.3950% safer
Robbery420.361,1700.6375% safer
Shoplifting3172.737,9204.2857% safer
Theft From the Person280.247910.4379% safer
Vehicle Crime2402.067,4604.0396% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,33120.0555,48129.9950% safer

Fareham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Farnborough4,36266.7332% more dangerous
Basingstoke7,90369.0834% more dangerous
Gosport6,00470.7736% more dangerous
Havant9,54375.6140% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Fareham

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Fareham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1871213Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson6564.7Safer
Drugs0.771.11.21.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.910.790.720.93Getting worse
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons0.280.490.520.68Getting worse
Public Order55.056Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.480.430.24Safer
Vehicle Crime553.82.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16192020Getting worse

Changes In Fareham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Fareham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Fareham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Holy Trinity Church--113314
Salterns Park21---41.6
Sarisbury Green22---12.6
Seafield Park20-1--04.1
Stubbington Recreation Ground211-431.6
Warsash Recreation Ground6-1--15

Comparing Fareham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Fareham's Neighbourhoods

Fareham Town & Cams Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Fareham, followed by Fareham Fort in second place, and Fareham North West as the third most dangerous area. Fareham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Fareham West, Hill Head, and Locks Heath.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Fareham Common34939Seventh
Fareham Fort64881Second
Fareham North West48765Third
Fareham Town & Cams Hill95189First
Fareham West1852411th
Hill Head1532112th
Locks Heath22428Tenth
Park Gate & Segensworth43347Sixth
Swanwick & Sarisbury Green50050Fifth
Titchfield & Titchfield Common31539Eighth

Fareham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Fareham for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourFareham West (39)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (284)
Bicycle TheftLocks Heath (2)Fareham Common (32)
BurglaryFareham West (5)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (55)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWarsash (18)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (87)
DrugsFareham West (3)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (40)
Other CrimeHill Head (2)Fareham North West (17)
Other TheftHill Head (10)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (65)
Possession of WeaponsLocks Heath (1)Fareham North West (12)
Public OrderHill Head (11)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (145)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Swanwick & Sarisbury Green (2)Warsash (7)
ShopliftingFareham Common (1)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (97)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Swanwick & Sarisbury Green (1)Fareham Town & Cams Hill (11)
Vehicle CrimeLocks Heath (4)Fareham Fort (36)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHill Head (71)Fareham Fort (298)

Crime in Fareham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Fareham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Fareham saw a 600% increase in other crime. Fareham saw a large fall in theft from the person during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Fareham saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, criminal damage and arson, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour+129%-40%-9%+51%-1%+7%+33%+3%+4%-13%
Bicycle Theft-59%-31%-74%-22%-63%-80%-61%-57%-75%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-32%-39%-51%-33%-4%-25%+21%-22%-14%-2%
Other Crime+22%-33%-+333%+29%+600%+117%-9%+33%-63%
Other Theft-55%-43%-43%-27%+26%-7%+9%-40%-15%-46%
Possession of Weapons-+200%-+50%+140%+20%-11%-20%-11%+250%
Public Order-+12%+15%+2%-11%+14%+25%+28%+27%-39%
Theft From the Person-71%---88%-33%-50%+20%+200%-+50%
Vehicle Crime-27%-54%-62%-70%-21%-41%+4%-39%-66%-30%
Violence and Sexual Offences+16%-10%-22%-11%+4%+3%+36%-1%-12%-8%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Fareham

What police force serves Fareham?
Fareham's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Fareham?
Fareham is the safest major town in Hampshire.
What is Fareham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Fareham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Fareham?
Fareham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021