Bersted Crime Overview

Bersted is the third most dangerous small town in West Sussex, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bersted in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bersted is the 277th most dangerous small town, and the 1,870th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, 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 2020 was also a bad month for Bersted residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.88 per 1,000 residents. Bersted recorded 2 reports of other crime during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for other crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Bersted are violence and sexual offences, with 227 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 17% lower than 2019's figure of 266 offences and a difference of 3.83 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Bersted's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 25% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Bersted Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Bersted This Year

 BerstedWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25625.1320,27623.497% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft111.081,0351.2011% safer
Burglary90.882,6203.04245% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson888.645,8086.7322% more dangerous
Drugs212.062,3562.7333% safer
Other Crime131.281,2361.4312% safer
Other Theft767.463,7344.3342% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons70.697560.8828% safer
Public Order706.875,3926.259% more dangerous
Robbery50.493850.458% more dangerous
Shoplifting494.813,3513.8819% more dangerous
Theft From the Person40.393520.415% safer
Vehicle Crime615.993,1373.6339% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences22722.2820,38423.616% safer

Bersted Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rustington63945.4938% safer
Selsey54550.6524% safer
Billingshurst53255.7713% safer
Sompting50156.5211% safer
Lancing1,16059.795% safer
Southwick79065.684.2% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common71592.6232% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bersted

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Bersted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24171825Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson8759Getting worse
Drugs2.00.882.22.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.71.30.881.3Getting worse
Other Theft1010107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.880.981.10.69Safer
Public Order8657Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging) worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.290.690.290.39Safer
Vehicle Crime6686Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences21232622Safer

Changes In Bersted's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bersted to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Bersted's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
North Bersted55662First

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+20%+68%+150%+17%-59%+60%+100%+60%+163%+60%
Bicycle Theft----50%---+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+125%+100%+100%+57%+113%+75%+267%-20%+33%+67%
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%
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 third 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 crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021