Crime in West Sussex

West Sussex is among the top 20 safest counties in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The overall crime rate in West Sussex in 2020 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people, and the most common crimes were violence and sexual offences, which happened to roughly every 24 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 Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common comes in as third most dangerous. There are safer parts of West Sussex, starting with Southwater which ranks as the safest area in West Sussex, followed up by Worth in second place, and Hassocks in third place.

Crime Map of West Sussex

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West Sussex Crime Summary

Anti-Social Behaviour20,27623.49
Bicycle Theft1,0351.20
Criminal Damage and Arson5,8086.73
Other Crime1,2361.43
Other Theft3,7344.33
Possession of Weapons7560.88
Public Order5,3926.25
Theft From the Person3520.41
Vehicle Crime3,1373.63
Violence and Sexual Offences20,38423.61

West Sussex's Population Centres

NameTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from West Sussex
Aldwick4423854% safer
Angmering3754530% safer
Bersted641637% more dangerous
Billingshurst532565.0% safer
Bognor Regis3,09711650% more dangerous
Burgess Hill1,4784726% safer
Chichester2,7869639% more dangerous
Crawley9,7628733% more dangerous
East Grinstead1,2304432% safer
Felpham4764142% safer
Hassocks3123757% safer
Haywards Heath1,3834530% safer
Horsham1,834637% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common7159337% more dangerous
Lancing1,160602.1% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,7399035% more dangerous
North Horsham8894047% safer
Rustington6394529% safer
Selsey5455116% safer
Sompting501573.6% safer
Southwater3613283% safer
Southwick7906611% more dangerous
Worth3833568% safer
Worthing8,1997118% more dangerous

Crime Trends in West Sussex

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour19161523Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson7777Safer
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft6664.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.600.780.960.88Getting worse
Public Order4.7566Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.480.560.45Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.630.620.620.41Safer
Vehicle Crime3.94.753.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18212424Getting worse

Last updated: 09 Apr 2021