Burgess Hill Crime Overview

Burgess Hill is the third safest medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is the 59th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burgess Hill in 2020 was 47 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 26% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burgess Hill is the 32nd safest medium-sized town, and the 3,441st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Burgess Hill was the worst medium-sized town in West Sussex for theft from the person, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2020 was also a bad month for Burgess Hill residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for violence and sexual offences, recording 109 crimes at a rate of 3.4 per 1,000 residents. Burgess Hill recorded 8 reports of other crime during April 2019, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Burgess Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 663 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 10% higher than 2019's figure of 595 offences and a difference of 2.15 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Burgess Hill's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 27% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Burgess Hill Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Burgess Hill This Year

 Burgess HillWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour67121.1520,27623.4911% safer
Bicycle Theft120.381,0351.20216% safer
Burglary531.672,6203.0482% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1936.085,8086.7311% safer
Drugs541.702,3562.7361% safer
Other Crime321.011,2361.4342% safer
Other Theft912.873,7344.3351% safer
Possession of Weapons230.727560.8822% safer
Public Order1494.705,3926.2533% safer
Robbery110.353850.4529% safer
Shoplifting1103.473,3513.8812% safer
Theft From the Person200.633520.4135% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime672.113,1373.6372% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences66320.9020,38423.6113% safer

Burgess Hill Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.225% safer
Haywards Heath1,38345.053.4% safer
Burgess Hill1,47846.58-
Horsham1,83462.9326% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,73990.3948% more dangerous
Chichester2,78695.9251% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,097116.2560% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burgess Hill

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Burgess Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20181321Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.01.60.720.38Safer
Burglary3.42.72.71.7Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7886Safer
Drugs0.720.660.911.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.721.01.11.0Getting worse
Other Theft4.44.53.82.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.570.630.72Getting worse
Public Order3.8554.7Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.540.250.35Getting worse
Shoplifting2.42.83.03.5Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.690.600.850.63Safer
Vehicle Crime2.52.23.02.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15181921Getting worse

Changes In Burgess Hill's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Burgess Hill's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Burgess Hill that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
St John's Park12-51224.6

Comparing Burgess Hill to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Burgess Hill46.58-
Barnet67.7131% more dangerous
Coventry77.4140% more dangerous
Croydon83.2244% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2146% more dangerous
Leicester97.4452% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Burgess Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burgess Hill Central60965First
Burgess Hill East38843Third
Burgess Hill South14723Fourth
Burgess Hill West33447Second

Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Burgess Hill for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBurgess Hill South (60)Burgess Hill Central (313)
Bicycle TheftBurgess Hill South (1)Burgess Hill Central (7)
BurglaryBurgess Hill East (13)Burgess Hill Central (19)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBurgess Hill South (22)Burgess Hill Central (89)
DrugsBurgess Hill South (4)Burgess Hill West (16)
Other CrimeBurgess Hill South (2)Burgess Hill Central (14)
Other TheftBurgess Hill South (12)Burgess Hill Central (42)
Possession of WeaponsBurgess Hill West (5)Burgess Hill Central (10)
Public OrderBurgess Hill South (13)Burgess Hill Central (73)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Burgess Hill West (1)Burgess Hill East (5)
ShopliftingBurgess Hill South (6)Burgess Hill Central (68)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Burgess Hill East (1)Burgess Hill Central (15)
Vehicle CrimeBurgess Hill West (6)Burgess Hill Central (34)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBurgess Hill South (63)Burgess Hill West (187)

Crime in Burgess Hill During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Burgess Hill change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Burgess Hill saw a 500% increase in vehicle crime. Burgess Hill saw a large fall in other crime during April, when it fell by 88% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-7%+58%+215%+88%+43%+61%+115%+113%+44%+76%
Bicycle Theft+400%--67%-------
Burglary-50%-78%-36%-50%+100%+100%-64%-43%-20%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-36%-39%-10%+78%-33%+78%+40%-48%-65%
Drugs+250%-25%+100%-+50%-67%-+400%-+25%
Other Crime-57%-88%+100%--20%+133%+100%+300%--
Other Theft-33%-60%+100%-56%-64%-50%+100%--63%-21%
Possession of Weapons-33%+100%-50%+100%+100%--50%--+100%
Public Order--15%+33%-9%-21%+14%+8%-14%--68%
Robbery-50%-----+100%---
Shoplifting+138%-29%-9%+13%--43%+450%--38%-44%
Theft From the Person-50%---80%-+50%-50%-+200%+33%
Vehicle Crime-70%-36%-50%+33%--53%+500%+25%-57%-56%
Violence and Sexual Offences+110%+23%-15%+24%+42%-16%+18%+4%-16%-37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Burgess Hill

What police force serves Burgess Hill?
Burgess Hill's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Burgess Hill?
Burgess Hill is the third safest medium-sized town in West Sussex.
What is Burgess Hill's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Burgess Hill are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Burgess Hill?
Burgess Hill's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021