Havant Crime Overview

Havant is the most dangerous major town in Hampshire, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Havant in 2020 was 76 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Havant is the 46th safest major town, and the 1,155th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Havant was the worst major town in Hampshire for criminal damage and arson, with 67 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.53 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Havant residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous major town for burglary, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Havant recorded 35 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst major town for drugs in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Havant are violence and sexual offences, with 4,385 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 2.4% higher than 2019's figure of 4,281 offences and a difference of 0.82 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Havant's least common crime is theft from the person, with 64 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 22% from 2019's figure of 50 crimes.

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See how Havant shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Havant and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Havant Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Havant This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,59420.5533,04017.8613% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft920.732,4151.3179% safer
Burglary3522.798,2094.4459% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9997.9113,5517.337% more dangerous
Drugs3552.814,8442.627% more dangerous
Other Crime1861.472,3661.2813% more dangerous
Other Theft5214.138,1904.437% safer
Possession of Weapons1501.191,7250.9322% more dangerous
Public Order1,34910.6915,5268.3922% more dangerous
Robbery730.581,1700.639% safer
Shoplifting5804.607,9204.287% more dangerous
Theft From the Person640.517910.4316% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4373.467,4604.0316% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,38534.7455,48129.9914% more dangerous

Havant Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Fareham5,28145.4366% safer
Farnborough4,36266.7313% safer
Basingstoke7,90369.089% safer
Gosport6,00470.777% safer

Crime Over Time in Havant

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Havant Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour31131721Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson111188Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1.
Other Theft6654.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.590.911.2Getting worse
Public Order98811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.320.400.450.58Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.580.560.400.51Safer
Vehicle Crime6753.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29353435Getting worse

Changes In Havant's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Havant's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Cowplain Recreation Ground111-110.98
Front Lawn Recreation Ground6---232.1
Hayling Golf Links6----00.10
Hollybank Ground31--414.4
Mengham Park-----10.38
Stockheath Common2---201.2
Waterlooville Recreation Ground4428-1289

Comparing Havant to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7112% safer
Coventry77.412.3% more dangerous
Croydon83.229% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8112% more dangerous
Bristol86.2112% more dangerous
Leicester97.4422% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8726% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2830% more dangerous
Bradford133.0243% more dangerous
Leeds137.1045% more dangerous

Crime in Havant's Neighbourhoods

Stockheath Common is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Havant, followed by Central Havant & Langstone in second place, and Barncroft & Warren Park as the third most dangerous area. Havant's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Cowplain East, Purbrook & Widley, and Waterlooville North East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Barncroft & Warren Park740116Third
Central Havant & Langstone1,235122Second
Cowplain East2053216th
Cowplain West67598Fifth
Hayling Eastoke3135013th
Hayling West & North3435712th
Leigh Park682107Fourth
Purbrook & Widley3864015th
South Hayling34762Tenth
Stockheath Common1,163124First
Waterlooville Central67796Sixth
Waterlooville East3426111th
Waterlooville North East1923217th
Waterlooville North West57369Eighth
West Leigh62088Seventh

Havant Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCowplain East (55)Hayling West & North (199)
Bicycle TheftLeigh Park (1)Central Havant & Langstone (28)
BurglaryWaterlooville East (3)Central Havant & Langstone (49)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWaterlooville North East (21)Leigh Park (94)
DrugsPurbrook & Widley (4)Stockheath Common (59)
Other CrimeCowplain East (1)Barncroft & Warren Park (19)
Other TheftWaterlooville North East (9)Hayling West & North (46)
Possession of WeaponsCowplain East (2)Barncroft & Warren Park (15)
Public OrderCowplain East (15)Barncroft & Warren Park (183)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Hayling Eastoke (1)Central Havant & Langstone (19)
ShopliftingWaterlooville East (2)Central Havant & Langstone (208)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Waterlooville North East (1)Central Havant & Langstone (13)
Vehicle CrimeSouth Hayling (7)Waterlooville Central (38)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWaterlooville North East (91)Stockheath Common (573)

Crime in Havant During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Havant change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Havant saw a 214% increase in possession of weapons. Havant saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 75% compared to April in 2019. Havant saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, other theft, and vehicle crime.

Anti-Social Behaviour+152%-16%+27%+30%+9%+40%+35%+3%-10%-42%
Bicycle Theft-60%-55%-29%-59%-41%-56%+23%-38%-70%-54%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-39%+9%+1%+35%+16%+4%-13%-23%-19%
Other Crime+80%+40%-9%+24%+12%+60%--33%-61%-50%
Other Theft-9%-20%-31%-49%-25%-43%+2%-15%-29%-35%
Possession of Weapons-8%+120%+50%-+214%+70%+71%--33%+160%
Public Order+39%+40%+155%+26%+3%+31%+47%+17%+50%-24%
Theft From the Person+67%-75%+100%+50%-+125%+25%+150%+40%-14%
Vehicle Crime--14%-63%-34%-48%-58%-53%-44%-33%-55%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-11%+8%+23%+6%+7%+12%+7%-22%-28%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Havant

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021