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Crime and Safety in Burgess Hill

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Burgess Hill is the second safest medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is the 78th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Burgess Hill in 2021 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 39% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Burgess Hill is among the top 20 safest medium-sized town, and the 4,189th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Burgess Hill had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for theft from the person, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2016 was also a bad month for Burgess Hill residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Burgess Hill are violence and sexual offences, with 621 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 663 offences and a difference of 1.33 from 2020's crime rate of 21. Burgess Hill's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 450% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Burgess Hill 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

66% lower, regional crime rate

South East

77% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Burgess Hill is 66% lower than the South East and 77% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Burgess Hill Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Burgess Hill 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 Burgess Hill

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021431,372
2020471,478
2019491,549
2018491,542
2017421,329
2016411,294

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 Behaviour63820.1118,89721.89 9% safer
Bicycle Theft130.418801.02 149% safer
Burglary491.541,8792.18 42% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1865.865,8246.75 15% safer
Drugs260.821,8772.17 165% safer
Other Crime190.601,1731.36 127% safer
Other Theft1434.514,2424.91 9% safer
Possession of Weapons150.475660.66 40% safer
Public Order1564.926,1587.13 45% safer
Robbery20.062910.34 467% safer
Shoplifting782.463,9674.60 87% safer
Theft From the Person50.163250.38 138% safer
Vehicle Crime591.863,4073.95 112% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62119.5721,36024.74 26% safer

Burgess Hill Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.850.91% safer
Burgess Hill1,37243.24-
Haywards Heath1,37344.733.3% more dangerous
Horsham1,87964.4733% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,72890.0252% more dangerous
Chichester3,178109.4160% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,213120.6064% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Burgess Hill

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Recent Crimes in Burgess Hill

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The BrowInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fairlea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Howard AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Folders CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Denham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper St Johns RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Fairlea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Consort WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near The OaksInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near B2113Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near York RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near West Park CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Fairlea CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Stirling CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Burgess Hill Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18132120 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.60.720.380.41 Safer
Burglary2.72.71.71.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8866 Safer
Drugs0.660.911.70.82 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.11.00.60 Safer
Other Theft4.53.82.94.5 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.570.630.720.47 Safer
Public Order554.74.9 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.250.350.06 Safer
Shoplifting2.83.03.52.5 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.600.850.630.16 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.23.02.11.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18192120 Getting 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 2021.

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 Hill43.24-
Barnet67.0836% more dangerous
Croydon82.4848% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0552% more dangerous
Bristol90.5252% more dangerous
Coventry102.2458% more dangerous
Leicester111.5961% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2867% more dangerous
Leeds150.9471% more dangerous

Crime in Burgess Hill's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Burgess Hill Central62967First
Burgess Hill East40044Second
Burgess Hill South15925Fourth
Burgess Hill West18426Third

Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourBurgess Hill South (56)Burgess Hill Central (308)
Bicycle TheftBurgess Hill East (2)Burgess Hill Central (8)
BurglaryBurgess Hill West (4)Burgess Hill Central (19)
Criminal Damage and ArsonBurgess Hill South (12)Burgess Hill Central (89)
DrugsBurgess Hill South (2)Burgess Hill Central (14)
Other CrimeBurgess Hill South (2)Burgess Hill Central (8)
Other TheftBurgess Hill West (18)Burgess Hill Central (64)
Possession of WeaponsBurgess Hill South (1)Burgess Hill Central (7)
Public OrderBurgess Hill South (11)Burgess Hill Central (81)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Burgess Hill Central (1)Burgess Hill West (1)
ShopliftingBurgess Hill West (3)Burgess Hill Central (46)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Burgess Hill Central (5)Burgess Hill Central (5)
Vehicle CrimeBurgess Hill East (15)Burgess Hill Central (21)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBurgess Hill South (70)Burgess Hill Central (266)

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 second 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).

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