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Crime and Safety in Crawley, West Sussex

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Crawley is the most dangerous major towns 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 Crawley in 2021 was 93 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crawley is the 47th most dangerous major town, and the 734th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Crawley had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for burglary, with 39 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.35 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Crawley residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 88 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Crawley recorded 32 reports of drugs during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.29 the worst for drugs in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Crawley are violence and sexual offences, with 4,546 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 4,184 offences and a difference of 3.23 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Crawley's least common crime is robbery, with 82 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 28% from 2020's figure of 105 crimes.

Crawley 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, West Sussex

22% higher, regional crime rate

South East

17% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Crawley is 22% higher than the South East and 17% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Crawley Crime Rate Over Time

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Crawley Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Crawley 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 Crawley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219310,385
2020879,803
20199911,054
20189310,487
2017859,486
2016778,602

Crime in Crawley Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Crawley This Year

 CrawleyWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,55631.6918,89721.89 31% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1661.488801.02 31% more dangerous
Burglary2622.341,8792.18 7% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9448.415,8246.75 20% more dangerous
Drugs4524.031,8772.17 46% more dangerous
Other Crime2392.131,1731.36 36% more dangerous
Other Theft8937.964,2424.91 38% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1411.265660.66 48% more dangerous
Public Order1,26111.246,1587.13 37% more dangerous
Robbery820.732910.34 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting7786.933,9674.60 34% more dangerous
Theft From the Person890.793250.38 52% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5324.743,4073.95 17% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,54640.5221,36024.74 39% more dangerous

Crawley Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worthing8,43573.2326% safer
Crawley10,38592.56-

Crime Over Time in Crawley

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Recent Crimes in Crawley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Northgate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Maunsell ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodend CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lancelot CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Haslett Avenue EastInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Goffs CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southwark CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HospitalUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southgate AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jordans CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near A23Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Crawley County MallInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near ChatfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Capel LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Northgate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Black Swan CloseOffender given a caution
April 2022Other theftOn or near Betts WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Deerswood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Crawley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22213632 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.91.61.5 Safer
Burglary4.73.63.52.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson91098 Safer
Drugs4.34.15.04.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.52.02.32.1 Getting worse
Other Theft9868 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.61.81.41.3 Safer
Public Order9101011 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.20.940.73 Safer
Shoplifting8957 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.31.30.820.79 Safer
Vehicle Crime774.54.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences35393741 Getting worse

Changes In Crawley's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Crawley's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Crawley that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Ewhurst Place Recreation Ground4---101.7
Goff's Park5---620.65
Loppets Road Playing Field4---101.7
Maidenbower Park5224-9210
Playing Field the Green8-6-547
Pound Hill South Playing Field11---00.64
Southgate Park824-1333.4

Comparing Crawley to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0838% safer
Croydon82.4812% safer
Sheffield90.052.8% safer
Bristol90.522.3% safer
Crawley92.56-
Coventry102.249% more dangerous
Leicester111.5917% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0625% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6429% more dangerous
Bradford132.2830% more dangerous
Leeds150.9439% more dangerous

Crime in Crawley's Neighbourhoods

Manor Royal & Northgate is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Crawley, followed by Southgate in second place, and Ewhurst & West Green as the third most dangerous area. Crawley's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Broadfield West, Ifield & Gossops Green, and Maidenbower East & Worth.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bewbush63482Sixth
Broadfield East78087Fifth
Broadfield West50663Eighth
Ewhurst & West Green883104Third
Ifield & Gossops Green49460Ninth
Maidenbower East & Worth30940Tenth
Manor Royal & Northgate2,382210First
Southgate1,249135Second
Three Bridges74192Fourth
Tilgate54270Seventh

Crawley Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourIfield & Gossops Green (128)Manor Royal & Northgate (763)
Bicycle TheftBroadfield West (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (63)
BurglaryBewbush (7)Manor Royal & Northgate (52)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMaidenbower East & Worth (27)Manor Royal & Northgate (170)
DrugsIfield & Gossops Green (19)Manor Royal & Northgate (131)
Other CrimeMaidenbower East & Worth (5)Manor Royal & Northgate (71)
Other TheftMaidenbower East & Worth (30)Manor Royal & Northgate (226)
Possession of WeaponsMaidenbower East & Worth (3)Manor Royal & Northgate (36)
Public OrderTilgate (44)Manor Royal & Northgate (316)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Maidenbower East & Worth (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (26)
ShopliftingBroadfield West (2)Manor Royal & Northgate (301)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Maidenbower East & Worth (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (41)
Vehicle CrimeMaidenbower East & Worth (12)Manor Royal & Northgate (117)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMaidenbower East & Worth (128)Manor Royal & Northgate (832)

Crime in Crawley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Crawley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Crawley saw a 201% increase in anti-social behaviour. Crawley saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 80% compared to November in 2019. Crawley saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including criminal damage and arson, other theft, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+21%+201%+119%+113%+34%+48%+45%+48%+73%+93%
Bicycle Theft-+129%-42%--56%-38%+100%-25%-63%+29%
Burglary-9%-11%-19%+21%+9%-13%+4%--11%-26%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-6%+21%-13%-10%-1%-9%-37%-20%-20%
Drugs+5%+82%+89%+55%+31%+23%-22%+42%+2%-3%
Other Crime-7%-12%+43%+13%+43%-+16%+42%+82%+111%
Other Theft-19%-44%-43%-30%-34%-41%+4%-17%-26%-28%
Possession of Weapons-24%-37%+6%+129%-38%--35%-77%-23%-14%
Public Order-11%-11%+4%+36%-29%+11%-30%+11%-9%-3%
Robbery+92%--71%-22%-67%-31%-10%-67%-33%-50%
Shoplifting-31%-63%-54%-63%-21%-20%-53%-52%-39%-52%
Theft From the Person--67%--73%+50%-60%-60%+88%-80%-72%
Vehicle Crime-42%-46%-34%-74%-38%-5%+28%-46%-47%-57%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+7%-4%-10%-6%+10%-21%-11%-13%-4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Crawley

What police force serves Crawley?
Crawley's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.

How dangerous is Crawley?
Crawley is the most dangerous major town in West Sussex.

What is Crawley's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Crawley are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Crawley?
Crawley's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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