Southampton Crime Overview

Southampton is the most dangerous city in Hampshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 274 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southampton in 2020 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% higher than the Hampshire rate of 70 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southampton is among the top 10 most dangerous cities, and the 373rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Southampton had the worst crime rate in Hampshire for burglary, with 176 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.65 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Southampton residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 252 crimes at a rate of 0.93 per 1,000 residents. Southampton recorded 52 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.19 the worst for bicycle theft in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Southampton are violence and sexual offences, with 12,148 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 45. This is 2.4% lower than 2019's figure of 12,441 offences and a difference of 1.09 from 2019's crime rate of 46. Southampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 223 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 27% from 2019's figure of 284 crimes.

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See how Southampton shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Southampton and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Southampton Compared To Hampshire

Summary of Crimes in Southampton This Year

 SouthamptonHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour6,55424.3033,04017.8627% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft8343.092,4151.3158% more dangerous
Burglary2,0517.608,2094.4442% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2,96711.0013,5517.3333% more dangerous
Drugs1,1934.424,8442.6241% more dangerous
Other Crime4821.792,3661.2828% more dangerous
Other Theft1,7036.318,1904.4330% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons3941.461,7250.9336% more dangerous
Public Order3,30512.2515,5268.3932% more dangerous
Robbery3631.351,1700.6353% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,7146.357,9204.2833% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2230.837910.4348% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,9557.257,4604.0344% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences12,14845.0355,48129.9933% more dangerous

Southampton Compared to Nearby Cities

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portsmouth22,98099.989% safer
Southampton29,332108.74-

Crime Over Time in Southampton

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Southampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour45172424Safer
Bicycle Theft3.94.43.73.1Safer
Burglary10998Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13131211Safer
Drugs2.22.43.24.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.61.81.8Getting worse
Other Theft9996Safer
Possession of Weapons1.11.31.41.5Getting worse
Public Order12121212Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.41.51.4Safer
Shoplifting10986Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.21.00.83Safer
Vehicle Crime10897Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences37424645Getting worse

Changes In Southampton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southampton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Daisy Dip2--2631.9
Deep Dene Recreation Ground1----00.37
Green Park8-2-222.1
Hoglands Park11655868
Mansel Park23-8-1074.6
Moorgreen Recreation Ground41--217
Queen's Park823-14919
Shirley Pond Park6-11232.3
Southampton Common1511-1480.27
St James Park3-1-102.2
Veracity Recreation Ground31-2-817

Comparing Southampton to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7161% safer
Coventry77.4140% safer
Croydon83.2231% safer
Sheffield85.8127% safer
Bristol86.2126% safer
Leicester97.4412% safer
Birmingham102.876% safer
Liverpool107.281.4% safer
Southampton108.74-
Bradford133.0218% more dangerous
Leeds137.1021% more dangerous

Crime in Southampton's Neighbourhoods

Central Southampton West is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Southampton, followed by Newtown & Nicholstown in second place, and Shirley Warren as the third most dangerous area. Southampton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bassett Green, Highfield & University, and Sholing East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aldermoor & Lordswood5597225th
Banister Park & Howard Road7578423rd
Bassett Green4254732nd
Bevois Town80310715th
Bitterne East91611912th
Bitterne South68111214th
Bitterne West6858124th
Central Southampton East2,171153Fifth
Central Southampton West2,776250First
Coxford & Lords Hill5779618th
Freemantle1,386173Fourth
Harefield5679319th
Highfield & University4256031st
Hightown82112511th
Hollybrook5398620th
Itchen6998621st
Maybush83810316th
Newtown & Nicholstown2,426199Second
Redbridge & Millbrook West1,001135Ninth
Regents Park & Millbrook East1,159151Sixth
Shirley South1,016130Tenth
Shirley Warren1,235175Third
Sholing East4386030th
Sholing West3966528th
St Denys1,225143Seventh
Stoneham5908522nd
Swaythling5316727th
Thornhill1,029137Eighth
Townhill Park3966826th
Upper Shirley4926329th
Weston69911613th
Woolston8869717th

Southampton Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBassett Green (42)Central Southampton East (764)
Bicycle TheftHarefield (1)Central Southampton West (187)
BurglaryBassett Green (33)Central Southampton West (196)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBassett Green (23)Shirley Warren (160)
DrugsBassett Green (10)Newtown & Nicholstown (178)
Other CrimeHighfield & University (4)Central Southampton West (39)
Other TheftSholing West (10)Central Southampton West (198)
Possession of WeaponsHollybrook (2)Newtown & Nicholstown (48)
Public OrderHighfield & University (29)Central Southampton West (299)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Bassett Green (1)Central Southampton West (45)
ShopliftingHarefield (2)Central Southampton West (539)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Maybush (1)Central Southampton West (43)
Vehicle CrimeSholing West (23)Freemantle (102)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBassett Green (169)Newtown & Nicholstown (1,067)

Crime in Southampton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southampton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Southampton saw a 171% increase in anti-social behaviour. Southampton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 67% compared to May in 2019. Southampton saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+171%-13%-12%+4%-13%-5%+13%-33%-8%-36%
Bicycle Theft-10%-29%-44%-23%+6%+15%+39%-31%-44%-24%
Burglary-22%-22%-16%-9%-35%-19%+10%+9%-14%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-22%-25%-9%-13%+8%-5%-15%-10%-13%
Drugs+40%+1%+34%+61%+51%+34%+26%+57%+15%+40%
Other Crime+5%-30%+3%-16%-25%+20%+46%-19%+8%+9%
Other Theft-13%-36%-44%-32%-30%-35%-34%-33%-38%-23%
Possession of Weapons-30%-18%-40%+11%+10%+59%+15%+40%+38%+79%
Public Order+3%-16%+10%-11%-12%+23%+16%-8%-3%+17%
Robbery-27%-35%-36%+14%+33%+56%+5%-6%-53%-56%
Shoplifting+19%-16%-22%-56%-46%-43%-23%-30%-36%-22%
Theft From the Person--50%-67%+24%-5%-36%-19%-26%-29%-38%
Vehicle Crime-33%-29%-31%-36%-14%+17%-12%-25%-40%-9%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-14%-19%+2%+6%+8%+7%-10%+1%-10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southampton

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021