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Crime and Safety in Bognor Regis

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Bognor Regis is the most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bognor Regis in 2021 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 50% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bognor Regis is the 22nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 332nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Bognor Regis had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2019 was also a bad month for Bognor Regis residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for bicycle theft, recording 32 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Bognor Regis recorded 7 reports of possession of weapons during April 2016, making its crime rate of 0.26 the worst for possession of weapons in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Bognor Regis are violence and sexual offences, with 1,351 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 13% higher than 2020's figure of 1,179 offences and a difference of 6.45 from 2020's crime rate of 44. Bognor Regis's least common crime is robbery, with 28 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 31 crimes.

Bognor Regis 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

40% higher, regional crime rate

South East

37% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bognor Regis is 40% higher than the South East and 37% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bognor Regis Crime Rate Over Time

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Bognor Regis Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bognor Regis 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 Bognor Regis

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211213,213
20201163,097
20191313,482
20181112,946
20171002,660
2016982,619

Crime in Bognor Regis Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Bognor Regis This Year

 Bognor RegisWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,01538.1018,89721.89 43% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft772.898801.02 65% more dangerous
Burglary762.851,8792.18 24% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35213.215,8246.75 49% more dangerous
Drugs983.681,8772.17 41% more dangerous
Other Crime521.951,1731.36 30% more dangerous
Other Theft1907.134,2424.91 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons351.315660.66 50% more dangerous
Public Order36913.856,1587.13 49% more dangerous
Robbery281.052910.34 68% more dangerous
Shoplifting40115.053,9674.60 69% more dangerous
Theft From the Person321.203250.38 68% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1525.713,4073.95 31% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,35150.7121,36024.74 51% more dangerous

Bognor Regis Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Burgess Hill1,37243.24179% safer
Haywards Heath1,37344.73170% safer
Horsham1,87964.4787% safer
Littlehampton2,72890.0234% safer
Chichester3,178109.4110% safer
Bognor Regis3,213120.60-

Crime Over Time in Bognor Regis

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Recent Crimes in Bognor Regis

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Glenwood AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crescent RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sturges RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Victoria DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Somerset GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Chapel StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lancaster PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Carlingford CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sudley GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Charlwood StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Market StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near York RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Somerset GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Theme/Adventure ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Crescent RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near A29Investigation complete; no suspect identified

Bognor Regis Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour39283438 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.04.82.82.9 Safer
Burglary5752.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121413 Getting worse
Drugs3.44.65.03.7 Safer
Other Crime1.72.42.02.0 Getting worse
Other Theft111077 Safer
Possession of Weapons2.22.01.81.3 Safer
Public Order10111214 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.61.21.0 Safer
Shoplifting12161415 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.80.751.2 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.81066 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40484451 Getting worse

Changes In Bognor Regis's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bognor Regis to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0880% safer
Croydon82.4846% safer
Sheffield90.0534% safer
Bristol90.5233% safer
Coventry102.2418% safer
Leicester111.598% safer
Bognor Regis120.60-
Liverpool123.062.0% more dangerous
Birmingham129.647% more dangerous
Bradford132.289% more dangerous
Leeds150.9420% more dangerous

Crime in Bognor Regis's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bognor Regis Central2,040172First
Hawthorn Road63579Third
South Bersted65683Second

Crime in Bognor Regis During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bognor Regis change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Bognor Regis saw a 200% increase in other crime. Bognor Regis saw a large fall in bicycle theft during June, when it fell by 88% compared to June in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Bognor Regis's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+55%+50%+17%-12%+66%+36%+65%+60%+17%
Bicycle Theft-79%-78%-38%-88%+40%+75%-36%-17%+100%+33%
Burglary-8%-75%+140%-28%+38%-18%-56%-65%-29%-48%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+56%+52%-16%-+50%-25%+7%+48%+16%
Drugs-38%+117%+45%+7%-38%+8%-21%+75%+14%-43%
Other Crime-75%-75%-43%-71%+200%+175%+40%-33%-83%-38%
Other Theft-29%-39%-15%-50%-24%-32%-9%-10%-48%-56%
Possession of Weapons+100%-25%+50%---86%-14%-75%-+50%
Public Order+77%+53%+32%-18%+13%+11%+23%-21%-4%+3%
Robbery+50%-33%-86%+100%-50%+100%--75%--
Shoplifting+38%-14%-30%-19%-49%-12%-38%+39%-63%-61%
Theft From the Person-82%--80%-50%-67%-67%-40%-+100%-67%
Vehicle Crime-6%-78%-50%-80%-45%-43%-56%-18%-32%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%-28%-32%-28%+8%+42%-13%-7%-30%-17%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bognor Regis

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

How dangerous is Bognor Regis?
Bognor Regis is the most dangerous medium-sized town in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Bognor Regis?
Bognor Regis's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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