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West Sussex Crime Statistics

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West Sussex is among the top 20 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in West Sussex in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 25 out of 1,000 residents.

Out of all of West Sussex's larger towns and cities, Bognor Regis is the most dangerous. The next most dangerous is Chichester, and Crawley comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of West Sussex, starting with Hassocks which ranks as the safest area in West Sussex, followed up by Aldwick in second place, and North Horsham in third place.

West Sussex Crime Map

Incidents mapped in West Sussex 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: 09 Apr, 2021

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West Sussex Crime Summary

CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour18,89721.89
Bicycle Theft8801.02
Burglary1,8792.18
Criminal Damage and Arson5,8246.75
Drugs1,8772.17
Other Crime1,1731.36
Other Theft4,2424.91
Possession of Weapons5660.66
Public Order6,1587.13
Robbery2910.34
Shoplifting3,9674.60
Theft From the Person3250.38
Vehicle Crime3,4073.95
Violence and Sexual Offences21,36024.74

West Sussex's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from West Sussex
Aldwick36732 90% safer
Angmering35342 42% safer
Bersted78677 22% more dangerous
Billingshurst56359 2.0% safer
Bognor Regis3,213121 50% more dangerous
Burgess Hill1,37243 39% safer
Chichester3,178109 45% more dangerous
Crawley10,38593 35% more dangerous
East Grinstead1,19243 40% safer
Felpham40935 70% safer
Hassocks24629 105% safer
Haywards Heath1,37345 35% safer
Horsham1,87964 7% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357 4.9% safer
Lancing1,11457 4.8% safer
Littlehampton2,72890 33% more dangerous
North Horsham73233 83% safer
Rustington58442 45% safer
Selsey69264 6% more dangerous
Sompting41447 29% safer
Southwater47542 43% safer
Southwick72060 0.53% safer
Worth37934 75% safer
Worthing8,43573 18% more dangerous

Crime Trends in West Sussex

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16152322 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.51.51.21.0 Safer
Burglary4.04.03.02.2 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7777 Safer
Drugs1.82.12.72.2 Getting worse
Other Crime1.11.21.41.4 Getting worse
Other Theft664.34.9 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.960.880.66 Safer
Public Order5667 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.480.560.450.34 Safer
Shoplifting4.14.53.94.6 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.620.410.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.753.64.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21242425 Getting worse
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