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Crime and Safety in Southampton

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Southampton is the most dangerous city in Hampshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Hampshire's 269 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southampton in 2021 was 123 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Hampshire's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the Hampshire rate of 80 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southampton is among the top 5 most dangerous cities, and the 302nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Southampton had the worst crime rate in Hampshire for burglary, with 160 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.59 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Southampton residents, when it was Hampshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 237 crimes at a rate of 0.88 per 1,000 residents. Southampton recorded 75 reports of bicycle theft during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.28 the worst for bicycle theft in Hampshire that month.

The most common crimes in Southampton are violence and sexual offences, with 14,792 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 55. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 12,085 offences and a difference of 10.04 from 2020's crime rate of 45. Southampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 228 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 2.2% from 2020's figure of 223 crimes.

Southampton 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Cities, Hampshire

42% higher, regional crime rate

South East

41% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southampton is 42% higher than the South East and 41% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southampton Crime Rate Over Time

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Southampton Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Southampton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202112333,163
202010829,124
201911731,494
201811430,728
201711130,050
20169124,449

Crime in Southampton Compared To Hampshire

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Summary of Crimes in Southampton This Year

 SouthamptonHampshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour5,52420.4827,80815.03 27% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft7332.722,4531.33 51% more dangerous
Burglary1,8196.747,4744.04 40% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson3,09511.4714,0467.59 34% more dangerous
Drugs1,0703.974,6742.53 36% more dangerous
Other Crime5261.952,3201.25 36% more dangerous
Other Theft1,8516.869,2114.98 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons4331.611,6540.89 45% more dangerous
Public Order4,32616.0418,96410.25 36% more dangerous
Robbery3451.281,1030.60 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,6946.288,0724.36 31% more dangerous
Theft From the Person2280.858730.47 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2,2518.349,1784.96 41% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences14,79254.8467,12736.29 34% more dangerous

Southampton Compared to Nearby Cities)

CityTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Portsmouth26,653115.966% safer
Southampton33,163122.94-

Crime Over Time in Southampton

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Recent Crimes in Southampton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Graham StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pine DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Edith Haisman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Northlands GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Frederick StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cecil RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Carlton PlaceLocal resolution
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near NightclubInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Edgehill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Albion PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Eynham CloseLocal resolution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheviot CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022RobberyOn or near Parsonage RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Alfred Rose CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Graham StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper Banister StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Edith Haisman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Redbridge FlyoverInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Southampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16232420 Safer
Bicycle Theft4.43.73.12.7 Safer
Burglary9987 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121111 Safer
Drugs2.43.24.44.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.81.82.0 Getting worse
Other Theft9967 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.41.41.6 Getting worse
Public Order12121216 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.51.31.3 Safer
Shoplifting9866 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.00.830.85 Safer
Vehicle Crime8978 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42464555 Getting 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 2021.

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
Coventry39.93208% safer
Birmingham49.60148% safer
Barnet67.0883% safer
Croydon82.4849% safer
Sheffield90.0337% safer
Bristol90.5236% safer
Leicester111.5910% safer
Southampton122.94-
Liverpool123.060.10% more dangerous
Bradford132.287% more dangerous
Leeds150.9419% 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 Freemantle as the third most dangerous area. Southampton's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Bassett Green, Sholing East, and Sholing West.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Aldermoor & Lordswood5447029th
Banister Park & Howard Road8639621st
Bassett Green4254732nd
Bevois Town96612813th
Bitterne East1,08114111th
Bitterne South62010219th
Bitterne West7739123rd
Central Southampton East2,703190Fifth
Central Southampton West3,337300First
Coxford & Lords Hill61610316th
Freemantle1,727216Third
Harefield5519024th
Highfield & University5357527th
Hightown74911415th
Hollybrook5859422nd
Itchen81610020th
Maybush98012014th
Newtown & Nicholstown2,890237Second
Redbridge & Millbrook West1,190160Eighth
Regents Park & Millbrook East1,278167Sixth
Shirley South1,126144Tenth
Shirley Warren1,361193Fourth
Sholing East4446131st
Sholing West4046730th
St Denys1,407164Seventh
Stoneham70910218th
Swaythling6918725th
Thornhill1,01413512th
Townhill Park4207228th
Upper Shirley6368126th
Weston866144Ninth
Woolston93510317th

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 (69)Central Southampton East (679)
Bicycle TheftSholing East (1)Central Southampton West (154)
BurglarySholing East (19)Central Southampton West (174)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBassett Green (43)Shirley Warren (155)
DrugsAldermoor & Lordswood (6)Freemantle (128)
Other CrimeAldermoor & Lordswood (7)Redbridge & Millbrook West (32)
Other TheftBassett Green (19)Central Southampton West (211)
Possession of WeaponsBassett Green (1)Central Southampton West (49)
Public OrderBassett Green (45)Freemantle (279)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Sholing East (1)Central Southampton West (60)
ShopliftingHighfield & University (1)Central Southampton West (605)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Maybush (1)Central Southampton West (61)
Vehicle CrimeSholing West (24)Newtown & Nicholstown (204)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBassett Green (160)Newtown & Nicholstown (1,391)

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 165% 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+165%-13%-13%+5%-14%-5%+14%-33%-8%-36%
Bicycle Theft-13%-31%-44%-24%+7%+15%+41%-31%-42%-23%
Burglary-23%-23%-16%-6%-35%-20%+8%+10%-11%+1%
Criminal Damage and Arson-19%-19%-25%-9%-14%+9%-6%-16%-10%-13%
Drugs+40%-+36%+61%+46%+33%+28%+57%+15%+40%
Other Crime+5%-33%+3%-13%-27%+17%+50%-19%+9%+9%
Other Theft-13%-37%-43%-32%-30%-35%-34%-32%-39%-24%
Possession of Weapons-26%-18%-40%+11%+7%+64%+9%+37%+42%+79%
Public Order+4%-17%+9%-11%-11%+24%+16%-8%-3%+16%
Robbery-27%-35%-34%+14%+33%+56%+5%-6%-53%-56%
Shoplifting+19%-15%-25%-56%-46%-43%-23%-28%-37%-23%
Theft From the Person--50%-67%+24%-5%-36%-19%-26%-29%-38%
Vehicle Crime-32%-30%-30%-32%-12%+15%-10%-23%-37%-8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-13%-19%+2%+6%+8%+7%-10%+1%-9%

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).

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