Portsmouth Crime Overview

Portsmouth is the second most dangerous city in the South East, and among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Portsmouth in 2020 was 101 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Portsmouth had the worst crime rate in the South East for robbery, with 34 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Portsmouth residents, when it was the South East's most dangerous area for shoplifting, recording 240 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Portsmouth recorded 38 reports of possession of weapons during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst for possession of weapons in the South East that month.

The most common crimes in Portsmouth are violence and sexual offences, with 9,516 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 10,064 offences and a difference of 2.55 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Portsmouth's least common crime is theft from the person, with 145 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 35% from 2019's figure of 196 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Portsmouth This Year

 Portsmouth
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour5,61426.12
Bicycle Theft5362.49
Burglary8283.85
Criminal Damage and Arson1,9739.18
Drugs8974.17
Other Crime3451.61
Other Theft9984.64
Possession of Weapons3151.47
Public Order2,74712.78
Robbery2581.20
Shoplifting2,26610.54
Theft From the Person1450.67
Vehicle Crime7933.69
Violence and Sexual Offences9,51644.28

Portsmouth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour43152226Safer
Bicycle Theft64.44.02.5Safer
Burglary7763.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1514139Safer
Drugs3.43.34.04.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.01.61.71.6Safer
Other Theft9974.6Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.21.41.5Getting worse
Public Order12121113Getting worse
Robbery0.980.941.21.2Getting worse
Shoplifting13111011Safer
Theft From the Person1.01.10.910.67Safer
Vehicle Crime111283.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41464744Safer

Comparing Portsmouth to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5041% safer
Sheffield73.9936% safer
Kirklees74.2336% safer
Croydon77.1830% safer
Bradford79.1927% safer
London80.7025% safer
Birmingham89.0213% safer
Bristol91.5710% safer
Leeds91.909% safer
Portsmouth100.59-
Leicester102.511.9% more dangerous
Liverpool105.945% more dangerous

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 160% 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. Portsmouth saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, criminal damage and arson, other theft, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+160%+13%+12%+23%+1%+23%+19%+13%+17%
Bicycle Theft-8%-55%-55%-43%-62%-37%-9%-36%-23%
Burglary-18%-42%-41%-28%-43%-15%-12%-28%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-47%-37%-30%-3%-5%-12%-8%-28%
Drugs+6%+12%+17%+22%+17%-5%+26%-20%+22%
Other Crime+13%-28%-11%+17%+54%+16%-10%-+3%
Other Theft-26%-43%-60%-24%-27%-21%-31%-16%-42%
Possession of Weapons-19%+50%+3%+40%+65%-6%+27%+13%-5%
Public Order+36%+3%+17%+43%+21%+38%+19%+17%-
Robbery-7%-13%+12%+22%+24%-17%+88%+27%+26%
Shoplifting-27%-60%-24%+8%+36%+97%+75%+8%+11%
Theft From the Person+31%-71%-47%+22%-48%+17%-24%-25%-20%
Vehicle Crime-14%-58%-75%-57%-49%-40%-63%-57%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+1%-12%-7%+8%+26%+13%0%-9%-8%

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 second most dangerous city in the South East.
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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021