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Crime and Safety in Petersfield

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Petersfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 68th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 269 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Petersfield in 2021 was 65 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 23% lower than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Petersfield is the 293rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,814th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2021, Petersfield was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Petersfield residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for drugs, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Petersfield recorded 4 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Petersfield are violence and sexual offences, with 428 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 20% higher than 2020's figure of 342 offences and a difference of 5.56 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Petersfield's least common crime is other crime, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 18% from 2020's figure of 13 crimes.

Petersfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Hampshire

11% lower, regional crime rate

South East

13% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Petersfield is 11% lower than the South East and 13% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Petersfield Crime Rate Over Time

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Petersfield Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Petersfield 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 Petersfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021651,000
202059906
2019661,025
2018711,098
201762960
201650771

Crime in Petersfield Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Petersfield This Year

 PetersfieldHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20713.4027,80815.03 12% safer
Bicycle Theft130.842,4531.33 58% safer
Burglary352.277,4744.04 78% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1046.7314,0467.59 13% safer
Drugs332.144,6742.53 18% safer
Other Crime110.712,3201.25 76% safer
Other Theft976.289,2114.98 21% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons130.841,6540.89 6% safer
Public Order1107.1218,96410.25 44% safer
Robbery161.041,1030.60 42% more dangerous
Shoplifting603.888,0724.36 12% safer
Theft From the Person140.918730.47 48% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime664.279,1784.96 16% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42827.7067,12736.29 31% safer

Petersfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bramshott and Liphook49753.2122% safer
West End64054.4319% safer
Hedge End1,26956.7814% safer
Ringwood89361.126% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,26861.156% safer
Petersfield1,00064.72-
Alton1,25265.070.54% more dangerous
Whitehill87267.414.0% more dangerous
Lymington and Pennington1,11668.165% more dangerous
Romsey1,01469.357% more dangerous
Hound54471.8910% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Petersfield

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Recent Crimes in Petersfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Privett WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crawters LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Gammon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Fore BridgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Harting DownInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near KimbersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Dukes CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Hylton RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Drum MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Drum MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Penns RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Willow DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hoggarth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Queens RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock WayUnable to prosecute suspect

Petersfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour7151413 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.21.20.84 Safer
Burglary4.24.43.22.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5767 Getting worse
Drugs1.21.32.82.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.710.840.71 Safer
Other Theft9856 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.320.451.00.84 Getting worse
Public Order7767 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.260.191.0 Getting worse
Shoplifting13953.9 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.781.20.580.91 Safer
Vehicle Crime664.04.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21212228 Getting worse

Changes In Petersfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Petersfield's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Petersfield that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Heath Common74-1-50.47

Comparing Petersfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9362% safer
Birmingham49.6030% safer
Petersfield64.72-
Barnet67.083.5% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0328% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0647% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Petersfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Petersfield South77984First

Crime in Petersfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Petersfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Petersfield saw a 250% increase in burglary. Petersfield saw a large fall in bicycle theft during March, when it fell by 83% compared to March in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Petersfield's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+217%-63%-58%-21%+18%+87%-31%+9%+67%-57%
Bicycle Theft-83%+100%-+100%+50%+200%+200%---
Burglary-62%-58%-50%-33%-50%+100%--+25%+250%
Criminal Damage and Arson+43%--50%+38%-+14%-50%-+29%-50%
Drugs-50%-+50%+100%+50%+100%--+250%+200%
Other Crime----67%+100%---+100%-
Other Theft-50%-67%-30%-50%-20%--54%-40%-17%-50%
Possession of Weapons-------+100%--
Public Order+11%-70%+14%+9%-33%+25%-20%+175%-83%+14%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-50%-73%--38%-50%-65%-20%-57%-20%-50%
Theft From the Person------50%--50%-50%-
Vehicle Crime+67%+14%+33%--67%-67%-70%-80%-22%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-37%-58%-13%+41%+39%+18%-10%-4%+9%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Petersfield

What police force serves Petersfield?
Petersfield's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.

How dangerous is Petersfield?
Petersfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire.

What is Petersfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Petersfield are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Petersfield?
Petersfield's least common crime is other crime.

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