Lymington and Pennington Crime Overview

Lymington and Pennington is the second most dangerous small town in Hampshire, and is the 46th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lymington and Pennington in 2020 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 10% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lymington and Pennington is the 265th most dangerous small town, and the 1,819th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Lymington and Pennington was the worst small town in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Lymington and Pennington residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.79 per 1,000 residents. Lymington and Pennington recorded 7 reports of drugs during June 2020, making its crime rate of 0.43 the worst small town for drugs in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lymington and Pennington are violence and sexual offences, with 401 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 423 offences and a difference of 1.35 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Lymington and Pennington's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 750% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

Compare Lymington and Pennington to other towns and cities

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Crime in Lymington and Pennington Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Lymington and Pennington This Year

 Lymington and PenningtonHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26316.0633,04017.8611% safer
Bicycle Theft332.022,4151.3135% more dangerous
Burglary764.648,2094.444.3% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson875.3113,5517.3338% safer
Drugs372.264,8442.6216% safer
Other Crime201.222,3661.284.9% safer
Other Theft573.488,1904.4327% safer
Possession of Weapons90.551,7250.9369% safer
Public Order17210.5115,5268.3920% more dangerous
Robbery20.121,1700.63425% safer
Shoplifting925.627,9204.2824% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.317910.4339% safer
Vehicle Crime533.247,4604.0324% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40124.4955,48129.9922% safer

Lymington and Pennington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Romsey82856.6313% safer
Whitehill75858.609% safer
Petersfield90658.649% safer
Fawley86061.224.1% safer
Ringwood92763.450.49% safer
Lymington and Pennington1,04463.76-
Hound53470.5710% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lymington and Pennington

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Recent Crimes in Lymington and Pennington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holmsley CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Conifer CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Conifer CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near St Thomas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near St Thomas StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Ambrose CornerInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021DrugsOn or near Police StationLocal resolution
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Bingham DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near North CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near School LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lower WoodsideLocal resolution
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Howards MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Howards MeadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lymington and Pennington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22111416Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.03.41.52.0Safer
Burglary5654.6Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1212115Safer
Drugs0.671.21.12.3Getting worse
Other Crime0.731.40.981.2Getting worse
Other Theft8773.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.730.490.980.55Safer
Public Order66811Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.371.00.12Safer
Shoplifting8896Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.180.370.490.31Safer
Vehicle Crime4.02.42.73.2Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18232624Getting worse

Changes In Lymington and Pennington's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lymington and Pennington's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Pennington Common2----00.18
Woodside Gardens-1---00.05

Comparing Lymington and Pennington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lymington and Pennington63.76-
Barnet67.716% more dangerous
Coventry77.4118% more dangerous
Croydon83.2223% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8126% more dangerous
Bristol86.2126% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8738% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0252% more dangerous
Leeds137.1053% more dangerous

Crime in Lymington and Pennington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lymington North & West55367First

Crime in Lymington and Pennington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lymington and Pennington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Lymington and Pennington saw a 400% increase in drugs. Lymington and Pennington saw a large fall in other theft during March, when it fell by 93% compared to March in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Lymington and Pennington's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+71%-21%+50%+31%-32%+65%+67%+29%-22%-43%
Bicycle Theft-67%-+150%--+67%+200%+100%-50%-
Burglary-+100%--67%-38%-70%-+300%+175%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-13%-50%-46%-68%-13%-90%-69%-21%-42%-43%
Drugs+100%+400%-40%+250%----67%-+200%
Other Crime---+150%------
Other Theft-93%-17%-44%-50%-31%-31%+11%-77%-50%-67%
Possession of Weapons----+100%-80%----
Public Order+100%+111%+81%+92%--33%+100%-42%-9%+50%
Shoplifting-72%-68%-59%-33%+71%-81%+11%-50%+129%+67%
Theft From the Person-------67%---
Vehicle Crime+150%-+200%--+133%-+350%-71%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-10%-72%+6%+15%+20%+55%+3%+31%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lymington and Pennington

What police force serves Lymington and Pennington?
Lymington and Pennington's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Lymington and Pennington?
Lymington and Pennington is the second most dangerous small town in Hampshire.
What is Lymington and Pennington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Lymington and Pennington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Lymington and Pennington?
Lymington and Pennington's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021