Billingshurst Crime Overview

Billingshurst is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Billingshurst in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 5.0% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Billingshurst is the 379th most dangerous small town, and the 2,457th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Billingshurst was the worst small town in West Sussex for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.31 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Billingshurst residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.84 per 1,000 residents. Billingshurst recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Billingshurst are violence and sexual offences, with 228 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 17% higher than 2019's figure of 189 offences and a difference of 4.09 from 2019's crime rate of 20. Billingshurst's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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Crime in Billingshurst Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Billingshurst This Year

 BillingshurstWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23824.9520,27623.496% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft40.421,0351.20186% safer
Burglary222.312,6203.0432% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson485.035,8086.7334% safer
Drugs181.892,3562.7344% safer
Other Crime101.051,2361.4336% safer
Other Theft363.773,7344.3315% safer
Possession of Weapons40.427560.88110% safer
Public Order596.185,3926.251.1% safer
Robbery30.313850.4545% safer
Shoplifting717.443,3513.8848% more dangerous
Theft From the Person10.103520.41310% safer
Vehicle Crime282.943,1373.6323% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22823.9020,38423.611.2% more dangerous

Billingshurst Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
North Horsham88939.8440% safer
Felpham47641.2935% safer
Angmering37544.9424% safer
Rustington63945.4923% safer
Selsey54550.6510% safer
Sompting50156.521.3% more dangerous
Lancing1,16059.797% more dangerous
Bersted64162.9111% more dangerous
Southwick79065.6815% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common71592.6240% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Billingshurst

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Billingshurst Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1391525Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.420.420.100.42Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson5795Safer
Drugs0.631.20.311.9Getting worse
Other Crime2.00.841.61.0Safer
Other Theft4.
Possession of Weapons1.20.520.840.42Safer
Public Order3.23.656Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.10-0.100.31Getting worse
Shoplifting2.33.02.67Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) change
Vehicle Crime3.82.452.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14152024Getting worse

Changes In Billingshurst's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Billingshurst to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7118% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+86%+267%+417%+127%+106%+43%-18%+9%+36%+5%
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-83%+33%-89%-13%-50%+250%-81%-43%-80%
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%
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 10 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021