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Crime and Safety in Chichester

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Chichester is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chichester in 2021 was 109 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 45% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chichester is the 40th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 462nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Chichester had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 41 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 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 1,136 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 14% higher than 2020's figure of 980 offences and a difference of 5.37 from 2020's crime rate of 34. Chichester's least common crime is robbery, with 21 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 38% from 2020's figure of 29 crimes.

Chichester 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

34% higher, regional crime rate

South East

30% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chichester is 34% higher than the South East and 30% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chichester Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Chichester 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 Chichester

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211093,178
2020962,786
20191083,130
2018982,852
2017922,677
2016832,404

Crime in Chichester Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Chichester This Year

 ChichesterWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,08937.4918,89721.89 42% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1766.068801.02 83% more dangerous
Burglary1023.511,8792.18 38% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson31210.745,8246.75 37% more dangerous
Drugs1083.721,8772.17 42% more dangerous
Other Crime742.551,1731.36 47% more dangerous
Other Theft2388.194,2424.91 40% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons401.385660.66 52% more dangerous
Public Order41314.226,1587.13 50% more dangerous
Robbery210.722910.34 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting37612.943,9674.60 64% more dangerous
Theft From the Person270.933250.38 59% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1555.343,4073.95 26% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,13639.1121,36024.74 37% more dangerous

Chichester Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.85155% safer
Burgess Hill1,37243.24153% safer
Haywards Heath1,37344.73145% safer
Horsham1,87964.4770% safer
Littlehampton2,72890.0222% safer
Chichester3,178109.41-
Bognor Regis3,213120.609% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chichester

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Recent Crimes in Chichester

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Paul'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Palmers Field AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near NeedlemakersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near St Peter'SInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bus/Coach StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fordwater RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near St Martin'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Osborn CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near North StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Carleton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stockbridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blomfield DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Market RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wells CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chichester Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour29284037 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft7666 Getting worse
Burglary764.33.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121011 Getting worse
Drugs2.92.63.23.7 Getting worse
Other Crime1.32.01.62.6 Getting worse
Other Theft10988 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.10.931.41.4 Getting worse
Public Order991114 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.831.00.72 Getting worse
Shoplifting14161213 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)2.11.81.20.93 Safer
Vehicle Crime573.95 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29343439 Getting worse

Changes In Chichester's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Chichester to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0863% safer
Croydon82.4833% safer
Sheffield90.0521% safer
Bristol90.5221% safer
Coventry102.247% safer
Chichester109.41-
Leicester111.592.0% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0611% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6416% more dangerous
Bradford132.2817% more dangerous
Leeds150.9428% more dangerous

Crime in Chichester's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Chichester1,421153First
College Lane & Oaklands1,266106Second

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).

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