Romsey Crime Overview

Romsey is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Romsey in 2020 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Romsey is the 363rd most dangerous small town, and the 2,375th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Romsey was the worst small town in Hampshire for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Romsey residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Romsey recorded 8 reports of other crime during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.55 the worst small town for other crime in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Romsey are violence and sexual offences, with 272 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 0.74% lower than 2019's figure of 274 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Romsey's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 200% from 2019's figure of 15 crimes.

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Crime in Romsey Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Romsey This Year

 RomseyHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20213.8133,04017.8629% safer
Bicycle Theft70.482,4151.31173% safer
Burglary775.278,2094.4416% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson624.2413,5517.3373% safer
Drugs140.964,8442.62173% safer
Other Crime231.572,3661.2818% more dangerous
Other Theft1167.938,1904.4344% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.341,7250.93174% safer
Public Order946.4315,5268.3930% safer
Robbery50.341,1700.6385% safer
Shoplifting745.067,9204.2815% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.487910.4310% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime724.927,4604.0318% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences27218.6055,48129.9961% safer

Romsey Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hook37646.8921% safer
Fair Oak and Horton Heath51848.0518% safer
Bishopstoke50548.6416% safer
Hythe and Dibden1,10353.196% safer
Alton1,07655.921.3% safer
Romsey82856.63-
Whitehill75858.603.4% more dangerous
Petersfield90658.643.4% more dangerous
Fawley86061.227% more dangerous
Ringwood92763.4511% more dangerous
Lymington and Pennington1,04463.7611% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Romsey

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Recent Crimes in Romsey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Bell StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Bell StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bell StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Brickwoods CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Latham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near HorsecroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Richmond LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Budds LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Chestnut CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Pembroke CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Greatbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Romsey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2181114Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.681.21.20.48Safer
Burglary64.03.85Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson5574.2Safer
Drugs0.891.10.820.96Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.621.71.6Getting worse
Other Theft61098Safer
Possession of Weapons0.270.551.00.34Safer
Public Order564.96Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.340.750.34Safer
Shoplifting665.05Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.550.620.550.48Safer
Vehicle Crime3.44.94.94.9Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15181919Getting worse

Changes In Romsey's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Romsey's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Tadburn Meadows----521.3

Comparing Romsey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Romsey56.63-
Barnet67.7116% more dangerous
Coventry77.4127% more dangerous
Croydon83.2232% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8134% more dangerous
Bristol86.2134% more dangerous
Leicester97.4442% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8745% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2847% more dangerous
Bradford133.0257% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Romsey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Romsey Cupernham & Halterworth31637Second
Romsey Town53089First

Crime in Romsey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Romsey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Romsey saw a 700% increase in burglary. Romsey saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during April, when it fell by 86% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+467%-59%-17%-5%-15%+93%-7%+16%+20%+300%
Bicycle Theft-------75%-67%--
Burglary-50%+150%--50%+33%+325%+700%+14%--25%
Criminal Damage and Arson--86%--67%-43%-55%+50%--70%-23%
Drugs-+100%+200%--33%+100%----
Other Crime-67%-+300%+100%-50%-+100%-67%-50%-
Other Theft+70%--62%-38%-21%-25%-56%+20%+100%-71%
Possession of Weapons----+200%-----
Public Order+200%+350%-83%-+67%-31%+117%+50%-29%+50%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+20%-20%-80%-63%+175%-43%+500%-60%-82%+150%
Vehicle Crime-67%-50%+400%-75%-+60%-33%-36%+220%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+50%--41%-30%-12%-+11%-48%+42%-34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Romsey

What police force serves Romsey?
Romsey's local territorial police force is the Hampshire Constabulary.
How dangerous is Romsey?
Romsey is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Hampshire.
What is Romsey's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Romsey are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Romsey?
Romsey's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021