Petersfield Crime Overview

Petersfield is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 59th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Petersfield in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 20% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Petersfield is the 337th most dangerous small town, and the 2,208th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Petersfield was the worst small town in Hampshire for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.45 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Petersfield residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.45 per 1,000 residents. Petersfield recorded 1 report of robbery during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst small town for robbery in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Petersfield are violence and sexual offences, with 342 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 7% higher than 2019's figure of 319 offences and a difference of 1.49 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Petersfield's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Petersfield This Year

 PetersfieldHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21213.7233,04017.8630% safer
Bicycle Theft191.232,4151.317% safer
Burglary493.178,2094.4440% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson966.2113,5517.3318% safer
Drugs432.784,8442.626% more dangerous
Other Crime130.842,3661.2852% safer
Other Theft805.188,1904.4314% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons161.041,7250.9311% more dangerous
Public Order925.9515,5268.3941% safer
Robbery30.191,1700.63232% safer
Shoplifting825.317,9204.2819% more dangerous
Theft From the Person90.587910.4326% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime624.017,4604.030.50% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34222.1455,48129.9935% safer

Crime in Petersfield Compared To Hampshire

Petersfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bishopstoke50548.6421% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,10353.1910% safer
Alton1,07655.924.9% safer
Romsey82856.633.5% safer
Whitehill75858.600.07% safer
Petersfield90658.64-
Fawley86061.224.2% more dangerous
Ringwood92763.458% more dangerous
Lymington and Pennington1,04463.768% more dangerous
Hound53470.5717% more dangerous

Petersfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1771514Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.81.81.21.2Safer
Burglary4.34.24.43.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5576Getting worse
Drugs1.21.21.32.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.51.40.710.84Safer
Other Theft9985Safer
Possession of Weapons0.260.320.451.0Getting worse
Public Order6776Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.450.260.19Safer
Shoplifting101395Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.781.20.58Safer
Vehicle Crime3.8664.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212122Getting worse

Changes In Petersfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Petersfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Petersfield58.64-
Barnet67.7113% more dangerous
Coventry77.4124% more dangerous
Croydon83.2230% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8132% more dangerous
Bristol86.2132% more dangerous
Leicester97.4440% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8743% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2845% more dangerous
Bradford133.0256% more dangerous
Leeds137.1057% more dangerous

Crime in Petersfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Petersfield South60966First

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 5 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021