Southampton Crime Overview

Southampton is the most dangerous city in the South East, and among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of the UK's cities. The overall crime rate in Southampton in 2020 was 107 crimes per 1,000 people.

In November 2020, Southampton had the worst crime rate in the South East for burglary, with 177 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.70 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Southampton residents, when it was the South East's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 260 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Southampton recorded 110 reports of drugs during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.44 the worst for drugs in the South East that month.

The most common crimes in Southampton are violence and sexual offences, with 11,157 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 12,346 offences and a difference of 4.71 from 2019's crime rate of 49. Southampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 207 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 37% from 2019's figure of 284 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Southampton This Year

 Southampton
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour6,19624.54
Bicycle Theft7673.04
Burglary1,8637.38
Criminal Damage and Arson2,70310.70
Drugs1,1204.44
Other Crime4491.78
Other Theft1,5396.09
Possession of Weapons3671.45
Public Order3,03512.02
Robbery3431.36
Shoplifting1,5716.22
Theft From the Person2070.82
Vehicle Crime1,8007.13
Violence and Sexual Offences11,15744.18

Southampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour48182525Safer
Bicycle Theft4.24.63.83.0Safer
Burglary11997Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141311Safer
Drugs2.32.63.44.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.91.71.91.8Safer
Other Theft9996Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.41.51.4Getting worse
Public Order12131312Safer
Robbery1.61.51.61.4Safer
Shoplifting111096Safer
Theft From the Person1.51.21.10.82Safer
Vehicle Crime11997Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences39454944Getting worse

Comparing Southampton to the UK's Major Cities

CitiesCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry71.5049% safer
Sheffield73.9944% safer
Kirklees74.2344% safer
Croydon77.1838% safer
Bradford79.1935% safer
London80.7032% safer
Birmingham89.0220% safer
Bristol91.5716% safer
Leeds91.9016% safer
Leicester102.514.0% safer
Liverpool105.940.63% safer
Southampton106.61-

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 173% increase in anti-social behaviour. Southampton saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 68% compared to May in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Southampton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctOct
Anti-Social Behaviour+173%-14%-12%+5%-13%-5%+13%-32%-8%
Bicycle Theft-14%-22%-42%-22%+15%+22%+51%-31%-44%
Burglary-23%-23%-16%-7%-35%-22%+8%+11%-10%
Criminal Damage and Arson-16%-20%-25%-10%-11%+8%-5%-16%-10%
Drugs+35%-+35%+58%+50%+37%+29%+55%+15%
Other Crime+8%-31%--11%-25%+21%+47%-17%+17%
Other Theft-11%-35%-42%-33%-30%-35%-34%-32%-37%
Possession of Weapons-28%-21%-42%+11%+7%+59%+9%+40%+33%
Public Order+4%-18%+8%-10%-10%+22%+15%-7%-4%
Robbery-27%-35%-36%+9%+13%+59%+8%-11%-54%
Shoplifting+19%-15%-25%-56%-46%-43%-23%-28%-37%
Theft From the Person--50%-68%+24%-5%-36%-17%-26%-29%
Vehicle Crime-33%-29%-29%-29%-11%+17%-10%-23%-37%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-12%-20%+2%+5%+8%+7%-10%+2%

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 the South East.
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.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021