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Crime and Safety in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is the safest cities in Hampshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 268 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Portsmouth in 2021 was 116 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 31% higher than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Portsmouth is among the top 10 most dangerous city, and the 380th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Portsmouth had the worst crime rate in Hampshire for drugs, with 99 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Portsmouth residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 59 crimes at a rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. Portsmouth recorded 36 reports of possession of weapons during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst for possession of weapons in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Portsmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 11,892 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 52. This is 15% higher than 2020's figure of 10,064 offences and a difference of 7.96 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Portsmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 182 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 16% from 2020's figure of 152 crimes.

Portsmouth 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Hampshire

38% higher, regional crime rate

South East

34% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Portsmouth is 38% higher than the South East and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Portsmouth Crime Rate Over Time

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Portsmouth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Portsmouth represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Portsmouth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111626,653
20209922,724
201910423,901
201811125,476
201711225,715
20168619,869

Crime in Portsmouth Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Portsmouth This Year

 PortsmouthHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour4,51519.6427,80815.03 23% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft6712.922,4531.33 54% more dangerous
Burglary1,0384.527,4744.04 11% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,2119.6214,0467.59 21% more dangerous
Drugs1,0114.404,6742.53 42% more dangerous
Other Crime3571.552,3201.25 19% more dangerous
Other Theft1,3325.809,2114.98 14% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3541.541,6540.89 42% more dangerous
Public Order3,42914.9218,96410.25 31% more dangerous
Robbery2621.141,1030.60 47% more dangerous
Shoplifting2,68711.698,0724.36 63% more dangerous
Theft From the Person1820.798730.47 41% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,2275.349,1784.96 7% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences11,89251.7467,12736.29 30% more dangerous

Portsmouth Compared to Nearby Cities)

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portsmouth26,653115.96-
Southampton33,163122.946% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Portsmouth

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Recent Crimes in Portsmouth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Admiralty RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Norway RoadLocal resolution
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near North End AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Artillery CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lawrence RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Watersedge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Paddington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Wheatstone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Washbrook RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Clock StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Freshwater RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Posbrooke RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sword Sands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Portsmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14202520 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.03.62.52.9 Safer
Burglary653.84.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1211910 Safer
Drugs3.03.33.74.4 Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.51.61.6 Safer
Other Theft864.66 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.31.41.5 Getting worse
Public Order11101215 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.861.01.21.1 Getting worse
Shoplifting1091112 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.980.840.660.79 Safer
Vehicle Crime1073.65 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42434452 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Portsmouth to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0873% safer
Croydon82.4841% safer
Sheffield90.0529% safer
Bristol90.5228% safer
Coventry102.2413% safer
Leicester111.593.9% safer
Portsmouth115.96-
Liverpool123.066% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6411% more dangerous
Bradford132.2812% more dangerous
Leeds150.9423% more dangerous

Crime in Portsmouth's Neighbourhoods

Fratton West & Portsea is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Portsmouth, followed by Landport in second place, and Wymering 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 Park6218217th
Anchorage Park & Copnor89311611th
Baffins1,12210912th
Cosham North3815722nd
Cosham South5596721st
Drayton & Farlington3525423rd
Eastney6407420th
Fratton Kingston1,485141Seventh
Fratton North7367519th
Fratton West & Portsea4,124251First
Hilsea911118Tenth
Landport2,012245Second
Milton7637918th
North End East94410513th
North End West & Whale Island813142Sixth
Paulsgrove East1,083136Eighth
Portchester North West3144025th
Portchester South East3614824th
Somers Town1,608127Ninth
Southsea Fawcett Road1,420160Fifth
Southsea Haslemere Road7748216th
Southsea Prince Albert Road5418515th
Southsea Waverley Road6249214th
Southsea West1,582212Fourth
Wymering1,410219Third

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 BehaviourPortchester North West (66)Landport (583)
Bicycle TheftPortchester North West (1)Fratton West & Portsea (155)
BurglaryPortchester North West (11)Landport (68)
Criminal Damage and ArsonDrayton & Farlington (23)Landport (186)
DrugsPortchester North West (8)Fratton West & Portsea (275)
Other CrimeCosham North (1)Fratton West & Portsea (59)
Other TheftPortchester North West (13)Wymering (95)
Possession of WeaponsAnchorage Park & Copnor (1)Fratton West & Portsea (76)
Public OrderPortchester North West (29)Landport (325)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Portchester South East (1)Fratton West & Portsea (68)
ShopliftingSouthsea Waverley Road (1)Southsea West (684)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Portchester North West (1)Fratton West & Portsea (50)
Vehicle CrimePortchester South East (11)Fratton West & Portsea (159)
Violence and Sexual OffencesPortchester North West (175)Landport (991)

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 150% 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+150%+9%+9%+21%-1%+21%+17%+13%+18%+4%
Bicycle Theft-2%-54%-55%-43%-60%-36%-8%-31%-17%-9%
Burglary-22%-41%-42%-27%-42%-15%-11%-26%-46%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-4%-49%-37%-27%+3%-5%-12%-12%-29%-32%
Drugs-13%-3%+6%+19%+38%-+34%-22%+25%+49%
Other Crime+13%-25%-14%+21%+59%+16%-7%---23%
Other Theft-26%-42%-61%-25%-26%-23%-31%-13%-43%-19%
Possession of Weapons-13%+47%+4%+52%+72%-6%+14%+13%-10%-17%
Public Order+34%+2%+20%+46%+23%+38%+22%+16%+2%-9%
Robbery-7%-7%+12%+19%+16%-14%+75%+40%+36%-33%
Shoplifting-28%-61%-23%+5%+35%+96%+76%+8%+10%-12%
Theft From the Person+31%-71%-44%+6%-48%+17%-29%-14%-20%+20%
Vehicle Crime-16%-55%-75%-50%-47%-42%-66%-57%-67%-54%
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-12%-6%+7%+27%+14%0%-8%-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).

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