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Crime and Safety in Lymington and Pennington

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Lymington and Pennington is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 62nd most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 269 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lymington and Pennington in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 17% lower than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lymington and Pennington is the 262nd most dangerous small town, and the 1,611st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Lymington and Pennington was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.24 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Lymington and Pennington residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents. Lymington and Pennington recorded 5 reports of other crime during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.31 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Lymington and Pennington are violence and sexual offences, with 451 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 401 offences and a difference of 3.06 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Lymington and Pennington's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Lymington and Pennington 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, Hampshire

5% lower, regional crime rate

South East

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lymington and Pennington is 5% lower than the South East and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lymington and Pennington Crime Rate Over Time

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Lymington and Pennington Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lymington and Pennington 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 Lymington and Pennington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021681,116
2020641,044
2019741,215
2018721,183
2017671,098
201650826

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 Behaviour22913.9927,80815.03 7% safer
Bicycle Theft301.832,4531.33 27% more dangerous
Burglary845.137,4744.04 21% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson855.1914,0467.59 46% safer
Drugs291.774,6742.53 43% safer
Other Crime321.952,3201.25 36% more dangerous
Other Theft664.039,2114.98 24% safer
Possession of Weapons100.611,6540.89 46% safer
Public Order1529.2818,96410.25 10% safer
Robbery40.241,1030.60 150% safer
Shoplifting1257.638,0724.36 43% more dangerous
Theft From the Person100.618730.47 23% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime382.329,1784.96 114% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45127.5567,12736.29 32% safer

Lymington and Pennington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ringwood89361.1212% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,26861.1511% safer
Petersfield1,00064.725% safer
Alton1,25265.074.7% safer
Whitehill87267.411.1% safer
Lymington and Pennington1,11668.16-
Romsey1,01469.351.7% more dangerous
Hound54471.895% more dangerous
Fawley1,01171.975% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lymington and Pennington

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Recent Crimes in Lymington and Pennington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chequers CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hannah WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Bus/Coach StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Buckland GardensOffender given a caution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Stanford GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near St Annes GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sway RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Tylers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Park AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Gordon RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lymington and Pennington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11141614 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.41.52.01.8 Safer
Burglary654.65 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121155 Safer
Drugs1.21.12.31.8 Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.981.22.0 Getting worse
Other Theft773.54.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.490.980.550.61 Safer
Public Order68119 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.371.00.120.24 Safer
Shoplifting8968 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.370.490.310.61 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.42.73.22.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23262428 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.9371% safer
Birmingham49.6037% safer
Barnet67.081.6% safer
Lymington and Pennington68.16-
Croydon82.4817% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0324% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Bradford132.2848% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Lymington and Pennington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Lymington North & West56569First

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 among the top 5 most dangerous small towns 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).

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