Chichester Crime Overview

Chichester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town 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 Chichester in 2020 was 96 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 39% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chichester is the 45th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 574th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Chichester had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 22 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.76 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Chichester residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Chichester are violence and sexual offences, with 980 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 0.41% lower than 2019's figure of 984 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Chichester's least common crime is robbery, with 29 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 17% from 2019's figure of 24 crimes.

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Crime in Chichester Compared To West Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Chichester This Year

 ChichesterWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,15439.7320,27623.4941% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1645.651,0351.2079% more dangerous
Burglary1254.302,6203.0429% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2779.545,8086.7329% more dangerous
Drugs943.242,3562.7316% more dangerous
Other Crime451.551,2361.438% more dangerous
Other Theft2197.543,7344.3343% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons421.457560.8839% more dangerous
Public Order32611.225,3926.2544% more dangerous
Robbery291.003850.4555% more dangerous
Shoplifting33511.533,3513.8866% more dangerous
Theft From the Person361.243520.4167% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1143.923,1373.637% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences98033.7420,38423.6130% more dangerous

Chichester Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.22117% safer
Haywards Heath1,38345.05113% safer
Burgess Hill1,47846.58106% safer
Horsham1,83462.9352% safer
Littlehampton2,73990.396% safer
Chichester2,78695.92-
Bognor Regis3,097116.2517% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chichester

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Chichester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34292840Getting worse
Bicycle Theft4.5766Safer
Burglary4.4764.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11101210Safer
Drugs3.52.92.63.2Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.32.01.6Safer
Other Theft101098Safer
Possession of Weapons0.721.10.931.4Getting worse
Public Order79911Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.280.450.831.0Getting worse
Shoplifting16141612Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.72.11.81.2Safer
Vehicle Crime3.6573.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28293434Getting worse

Changes In Chichester's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chichester to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7142% safer
Coventry77.4124% safer
Croydon83.2215% safer
Sheffield85.8112% safer
Bristol86.2111% safer
Chichester95.92-
Leicester97.441.6% more dangerous
Birmingham102.877% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2811% more dangerous
Bradford133.0228% more dangerous
Leeds137.1030% more dangerous

Crime in Chichester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Chichester1,217131First
College Lane & Oaklands1,12695Second

Crime in Chichester During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chichester change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Chichester saw a 400% increase in possession of weapons. Chichester saw a large fall in vehicle crime during November, when it fell by 84% compared to November in 2019. Rates of shoplifting and vehicle crime both fell year-on-year for every month during Chichester's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-11%+46%+103%+90%+34%+24%+24%+68%+52%+40%
Bicycle Theft+367%+9%--57%-39%-48%-29%+46%+175%+22%
Burglary+33%-44%-73%+20%-82%+21%-50%-62%-65%+44%
Criminal Damage and Arson+81%-40%-61%+11%-26%+9%-40%-39%-9%-28%
Drugs+75%-33%-38%+167%-50%+17%+50%+33%-+267%
Other Crime+100%-71%-83%+40%+100%-20%+250%-17%--29%
Other Theft-31%-52%-74%-45%-23%+44%-42%-9%+26%+21%
Possession of Weapons--33%-25%-+50%+400%-67%-+100%+50%
Public Order-39%-43%-32%+53%+71%+64%+8%+96%+8%-
Robbery+100%--75%--25%+200%-50%+20%--25%
Shoplifting-30%-70%-61%-34%-26%-8%+15%-69%-63%-77%
Theft From the Person-20%--50%-71%-71%-60%+100%--50%-40%
Vehicle Crime-21%-62%-69%+89%-31%-19%-36%-42%-84%-72%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-35%-32%+26%+16%+16%+23%-13%-16%-9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chichester

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021