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Crime and Safety in Billingshurst

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Billingshurst is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 40th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Billingshurst in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 2.0% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Billingshurst is the 378th most dangerous small town, and the 2,327th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Billingshurst was the worst small town in West Sussex for burglary, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.52 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2021 was also a bad month for Billingshurst residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.94 per 1,000 residents. Billingshurst recorded 5 reports of drugs during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst small town for drugs in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Billingshurst are violence and sexual offences, with 266 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 228 offences and a difference of 3.98 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Billingshurst's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Billingshurst 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Sussex

22% lower, regional crime rate

South East

30% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Billingshurst is 22% lower than the South East and 30% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Billingshurst Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Billingshurst 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 Billingshurst

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159563
202056532
201953506
201841394
201740384
201635335

Crime in Billingshurst Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Billingshurst This Year

 BillingshurstWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour26227.4618,89721.89 20% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.218801.02 386% safer
Burglary161.681,8792.18 30% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson687.135,8246.75 5% more dangerous
Drugs181.891,8772.17 15% safer
Other Crime60.631,1731.36 116% safer
Other Theft293.044,2424.91 62% safer
Possession of Weapons50.525660.66 27% safer
Public Order707.346,1587.13 2.9% more dangerous
Shoplifting383.983,9674.60 16% safer
Theft From the Person70.733250.38 48% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime383.983,4073.95 0.75% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences26627.8821,36024.74 11% more dangerous

Billingshurst Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Southwater47542.0740% safer
Angmering35342.3139% safer
Sompting41446.7126% safer
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.382.8% safer
Lancing1,11457.422.8% safer
Billingshurst56359.01-
Southwick72059.861.4% more dangerous
Selsey69264.318% more dangerous
Bersted78677.1424% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Billingshurst

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Recent Crimes in Billingshurst

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near A29Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Five Oaks RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maple CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Maple CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Coombe CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Maple RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stane StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coneyhurst RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Stane StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Five Oaks RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Jengers MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bridgewater CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Five Oaks RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Billingshurst Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9152527 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.420.100.420.21 Safer
Burglary2.33.52.31.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7957 Safer
Drugs1.20.311.91.9 Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.61.00.63 Safer
Other Theft4.94.43.83.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.520.840.420.52 Safer
Public Order3.6567 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.02.674.0 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.100.100.100.73 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.452.94.0 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences15202428 Getting worse

Changes In Billingshurst's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Billingshurst to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Billingshurst59.01-
Barnet67.0812% more dangerous
Croydon82.4828% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Coventry102.2442% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Billingshurst During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Billingshurst change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Billingshurst saw a 1,200% increase in shoplifting. Billingshurst saw a large fall in vehicle crime during March, when it fell by 90% compared to March in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+86%+267%+417%+127%+106%+43%-18%+9%+36%+5%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+33%-67%-+25%-67%--57%--+200%
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-83%+33%-89%-13%-50%+250%-81%-43%-80%
Drugs+200%---+100%-----
Other Crime------50%--+50%-
Other Theft+200%+100%-80%-25%-33%-86%--33%--
Possession of Weapons---------67%-
Public Order+100%+600%-+100%-50%+300%-17%-33%+50%+25%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+50%-86%-+25%-80%+800%+1,200%--+300%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-90%-57%-+100%+100%-50%--+100%+300%
Violence and Sexual Offences+42%+29%+17%-6%+39%-5%+38%+9%+113%-57%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Billingshurst

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

How dangerous is Billingshurst?
Billingshurst is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Billingshurst?
Billingshurst's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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