Bognor Regis Crime Overview

Bognor Regis is the most dangerous medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is among the top 5 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bognor Regis in 2020 was 116 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 59 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 304th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2019, Bognor Regis had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 32 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Bognor Regis residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 9 crimes at a rate of 0.34 per 1,000 residents. Bognor Regis recorded 24 reports of vehicle crime during June 2017, making its crime rate of 0.90 the worst for vehicle crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Bognor Regis are violence and sexual offences, with 1,179 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 44. This is 8% lower than 2019's figure of 1,268 offences and a difference of 3.34 from 2019's crime rate of 48. Bognor Regis's least common crime is theft from the person, with 20 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 145% from 2019's figure of 49 crimes.

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Crime in Bognor Regis Compared To West Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Bognor Regis This Year

 Bognor RegisWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour91534.3520,27623.4932% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft742.781,0351.2057% more dangerous
Burglary1425.332,6203.0443% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson36013.515,8086.7350% more dangerous
Drugs1324.952,3562.7345% more dangerous
Other Crime521.951,2361.4327% more dangerous
Other Theft1977.393,7344.3341% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons481.807560.8851% more dangerous
Public Order32212.095,3926.2548% more dangerous
Robbery311.163850.4561% more dangerous
Shoplifting37414.043,3513.8872% more dangerous
Theft From the Person200.753520.4145% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1666.233,1373.6342% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,17944.2620,38423.6147% more dangerous

Bognor Regis Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Haywards Heath1,38345.05158% safer
Burgess Hill1,47846.58150% safer
Horsham1,83462.9385% safer
Littlehampton2,73990.3929% safer
Chichester2,78695.9221% safer
Bognor Regis3,097116.25-

Crime Over Time in Bognor Regis

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Bognor Regis Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour38392834Safer
Bicycle Theft4.64.04.82.8Safer
Burglary6575Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11131214Getting worse
Drugs3.43.44.65.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.72.42.0Getting worse
Other Theft1111107Safer
Possession of Weapons1.32.22.01.8Safer
Public Order8101112Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.51.61.2Safer
Shoplifting12121614Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.31.80.75Safer
Vehicle Crime84.8106Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31404844Getting worse

Changes In Bognor Regis's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bognor Regis to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7172% safer
Coventry77.4150% safer
Croydon83.2240% safer
Sheffield85.8135% safer
Bristol86.2135% safer
Leicester97.4419% safer
Birmingham102.8713% safer
Liverpool107.288% safer
Bognor Regis116.25-
Bradford133.0213% more dangerous
Leeds137.1015% more dangerous

Crime in Bognor Regis's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bognor Regis Central1,916162First
Hawthorn Road61176Third
South Bersted65583Second

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021