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Crime and Safety in Bersted

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Bersted is the most dangerous small town in West Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bersted in 2021 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 22% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bersted is the 194th most dangerous small town, and the 1,222nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Bersted was the worst small town in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Bersted residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Bersted recorded 4 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.39 the worst small town for drugs in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Bersted are violence and sexual offences, with 294 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 23% higher than 2020's figure of 227 offences and a difference of 6.57 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Bersted's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 250% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Bersted 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Sussex

7% higher, regional crime rate

South East

0.91% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bersted is 7% higher than the South East and 0.91% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bersted Crime Rate Over Time

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

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Bersted

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202177786
202063641
201976778
201875760
201791932
201672735

Crime in Bersted Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Bersted This Year

 BerstedWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23222.7718,89721.89 3.9% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.698801.02 48% safer
Burglary313.041,8792.18 28% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson797.755,8246.75 13% more dangerous
Drugs232.261,8772.17 4.0% more dangerous
Other Crime161.571,1731.36 13% more dangerous
Other Theft747.264,2424.91 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons20.205660.66 230% safer
Public Order686.676,1587.13 7% safer
Robbery40.392910.34 13% more dangerous
Shoplifting12111.883,9674.60 61% more dangerous
Theft From the Person50.493250.38 22% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime626.083,4073.95 35% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences29428.8521,36024.74 14% more dangerous

Bersted Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.3834% safer
Lancing1,11457.4234% safer
Billingshurst56359.0131% safer
Southwick72059.8629% safer
Selsey69264.3120% safer
Bersted78677.14-

Crime Over Time in Bersted

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Recent Crimes in Bersted

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bronze CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Greencourt DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Steyning WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elm Tree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Durlston DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Beeding CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Frensham AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fir Tree WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Romney BroadwalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chalcraft LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Heron CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rowan WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Frensham AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Steyning WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Beeding CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bersted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17182523 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.61.10.69 Safer
Burglary2.94.10.883.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7598 Getting worse
Drugs0.882.22.12.3 Getting worse
Other Crime1.30.881.31.6 Getting worse
Other Theft101077 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.981.10.690.20 Safer
Public Order6577 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.200.490.39 Getting worse
Shoplifting14124.812 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.290.390.49 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6866 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23262229 Getting worse

Changes In Bersted's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bersted to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0815% safer
Bersted77.14-
Croydon82.486% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0514% more dangerous
Bristol90.5215% more dangerous
Coventry102.2425% more dangerous
Leicester111.5931% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0637% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6440% more dangerous
Bradford132.2842% more dangerous
Leeds150.9449% more dangerous

Crime in Bersted's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Bersted66874First

Crime in Bersted During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bersted change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Bersted saw a 400% increase in drugs. Bersted saw a large fall in vehicle crime during May, when it fell by 94% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+68%+150%+17%-59%+60%+100%+60%+163%+60%
Bicycle Theft----50%---+100%--
Burglary----83%-50%-50%-75%-67%-67%-67%
Criminal Damage and Arson+125%+100%+100%+57%+113%+75%+267%-20%+33%+67%
Drugs---+400%-33%--50%-40%--
Other Crime----50%-50%-----
Other Theft-50%-40%-27%-60%-44%+25%-50%+200%-50%-50%
Possession of Weapons------67%----
Public Order+267%+100%-17%+133%-60%+225%-+100%--60%
Shoplifting-56%-83%-79%-25%-88%-22%-17%-71%-77%-92%
Vehicle Crime+33%-50%-94%--71%+15%-60%+250%--67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+6%+14%-44%-16%+64%-39%-32%--37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bersted

What police force serves Bersted?
Bersted's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.

How dangerous is Bersted?
Bersted is the most dangerous small town in West Sussex.

What is Bersted's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bersted are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Bersted?
Bersted's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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