Portsmouth Crime Overview

Portsmouth is the safest city in Hampshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portsmouth in 2020 was 100 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 30% higher than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portsmouth is among the top 20 most dangerous cities, and the 499th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Portsmouth had the worst crime rate in Hampshire for drugs, with 88 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Portsmouth residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 163 crimes at a rate of 0.71 per 1,000 residents. Portsmouth recorded 43 reports of other crime during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for other crime in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Portsmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 10,202 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 2.4% higher than 2019's figure of 9,958 offences and a difference of 1.07 from 2019's crime rate of 43. Portsmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 152 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 27% from 2019's figure of 193 crimes.

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Crime in Portsmouth Compared To Hampshire

Summary of Crimes in Portsmouth This Year

 PortsmouthHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,74424.9933,04017.8629% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft5692.482,4151.3147% more dangerous
Burglary8903.878,2094.4415% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2,1099.1813,5517.3320% more dangerous
Drugs8653.764,8442.6230% more dangerous
Other Crime3671.602,3661.2820% more dangerous
Other Theft1,0714.668,1904.434.9% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3181.381,7250.9333% more dangerous
Public Order2,89312.5915,5268.3933% more dangerous
Robbery2711.181,1700.6347% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,42710.567,9204.2859% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1520.667910.4335% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime8463.687,4604.0310% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences10,20244.3955,48129.9932% more dangerous

Portsmouth Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portsmouth22,98099.98-
Southampton29,332108.748% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour40142025Getting worse
Bicycle Theft54.03.62.5Safer
Burglary6653.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1412129Safer
Drugs3.13.03.43.8Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.51.61.6Safer
Other Theft8874.7Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.11.31.4Getting worse
Public Order11111013Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.910.861.11.2Getting worse
Shoplifting1310911Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.901.00.840.66Safer
Vehicle Crime101173.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38424344Getting worse

Changes In Portsmouth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Portsmouth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bransbury Park13231212.4
Victoria Park261-714.1

Comparing Portsmouth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7148% safer
Coventry77.4129% safer
Croydon83.2220% safer
Sheffield85.8117% safer
Bristol86.2116% safer
Leicester97.442.6% safer
Portsmouth99.98-
Birmingham102.872.8% more dangerous
Liverpool107.287% more dangerous
Bradford133.0225% more dangerous
Leeds137.1027% more dangerous

Crime in Portsmouth's Neighbourhoods

Landport is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Portsmouth, followed by Wymering in second place, and Fratton West & Portsea as the third most dangerous area. Portsmouth's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Drayton & Farlington, Portchester North West, and Portchester South East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Alexandra Park5026618th
Anchorage Park & Copnor808105Tenth
Baffins7897616th
Cosham North3425121st
Cosham South4195022nd
Drayton & Farlington3244923rd
Eastney5516419th
Fratton Kingston1,366129Fifth
Fratton North5805920th
Fratton West & Portsea3,268199Third
Hilsea79210211th
Landport1,829223First
Milton8809113th
North End East8949912th
North End West & Whale Island631110Ninth
Paulsgrove East956120Seventh
Portchester North West2923725th
Portchester South East3194324th
Somers Town1,459115Eighth
Southsea Fawcett Road1,100124Sixth
Southsea Haslemere Road6206617th
Southsea Prince Albert Road5198215th
Southsea Waverley Road5698414th
Southsea West1,145153Fourth
Wymering1,384215Second

Portsmouth Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCosham North (66)Landport (632)
Bicycle TheftCosham North (2)Fratton West & Portsea (154)
BurglaryPortchester North West (11)Southsea West (65)
Criminal Damage and ArsonPortchester North West (24)Landport (192)
DrugsSouthsea Prince Albert Road (4)Cosham North (79)
Other CrimeCosham North (2)Landport (43)
Other TheftCosham North (8)Wymering (86)
Possession of WeaponsPortchester North West (1)Landport (33)
Public OrderCosham North (26)Landport (268)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Drayton & Farlington (1)Fratton West & Portsea (62)
ShopliftingSouthsea Waverley Road (1)Southsea West (330)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Fratton North (1)Fratton West & Portsea (38)
Vehicle CrimeCosham North (10)Landport (59)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPortchester South East (147)Landport (874)

Crime in Portsmouth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Portsmouth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Portsmouth saw a 146% increase in anti-social behaviour. Portsmouth saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 75% compared to May in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Portsmouth's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+146%+9%+9%+22%0%+24%+18%+12%+19%+2%
Bicycle Theft-4%-54%-56%-43%-60%-36%-10%-32%-18%-11%
Burglary-23%-42%-43%-25%-41%-18%-13%-30%-46%-24%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-49%-38%-27%+3%-6%-13%-14%-33%-31%
Drugs-14%-7%+13%+17%+38%-+34%-22%+26%+49%
Other Crime+9%-28%-14%+21%+59%+16%-3%+5%+3%-22%
Other Theft-28%-41%-61%-23%-28%-23%-31%-11%-43%-18%
Possession of Weapons-13%+47%+4%+52%+72%-6%+14%+13%-14%-17%
Public Order+31%+2%+22%+45%+22%+40%+20%+18%+0%-9%
Robbery-7%-7%+12%+19%+16%-18%+75%+33%+36%-33%
Shoplifting-29%-62%-25%+5%+33%+97%+75%+8%+12%-13%
Theft From the Person+31%-71%-44%+6%-48%+17%-29%-14%-20%+20%
Vehicle Crime-18%-52%-75%-50%-47%-43%-65%-56%-67%-54%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-11%-6%+7%+27%+14%0%-9%-8%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Portsmouth

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021