Crawley Crime Overview

Crawley is the most dangerous major 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 Crawley in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Crawley is the 52nd most dangerous major town, and the 779th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Crawley had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for burglary, with 24 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Crawley residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 74 crimes at a rate of 0.66 per 1,000 residents. Crawley recorded 71 reports of drugs during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.63 the worst for drugs in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Crawley are violence and sexual offences, with 4,170 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 37. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 4,382 offences and a difference of 1.89 from 2019's crime rate of 39. Crawley's least common crime is theft from the person, with 92 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 53% from 2019's figure of 141 crimes.

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Crime in Crawley Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Crawley This Year

 CrawleyWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,99435.6020,27623.4934% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1851.651,0351.2027% more dangerous
Burglary3893.472,6203.0412% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson9838.765,8086.7323% more dangerous
Drugs5574.962,3562.7345% more dangerous
Other Crime2632.341,2361.4339% more dangerous
Other Theft6816.073,7344.3329% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1551.387560.8836% more dangerous
Public Order1,0769.595,3926.2535% more dangerous
Robbery1050.943850.4552% more dangerous
Shoplifting6085.423,3513.8828% more dangerous
Theft From the Person920.823520.4150% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4984.443,1373.6318% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,17037.1720,38423.6136% more dangerous

Crawley Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worthing8,19971.1822% safer
Crawley9,76287.01-

Crime Over Time in Crawley

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Crawley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26222136Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.41.71.91.6Safer
Burglary5.04.73.63.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson109109Safer
Drugs2.94.34.15.0Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.52.02.3Getting worse
Other Theft8986Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.61.81.4Safer
Public Order891010Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.861.11.20.94Safer
Shoplifting9895Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.21.31.30.82Safer
Vehicle Crime4.9774.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30353937Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7129% safer
Coventry77.4112% safer
Croydon83.224.6% safer
Sheffield85.811.4% safer
Bristol86.210.93% safer
Crawley87.01-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0235% more dangerous
Leeds137.1037% 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, Bewbush, Broadfield West, and Maidenbower East & Worth.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bewbush49464Eighth
Broadfield East83693Fifth
Broadfield West46858Ninth
Ewhurst & West Green83198Third
Ifield & Gossops Green54967Seventh
Maidenbower East & Worth32041Tenth
Manor Royal & Northgate2,305203First
Southgate946102Second
Three Bridges77996Fourth
Tilgate61880Sixth

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 BehaviourBroadfield West (175)Manor Royal & Northgate (748)
Bicycle TheftMaidenbower East & Worth (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (68)
BurglaryBewbush (13)Manor Royal & Northgate (74)
Criminal Damage and ArsonMaidenbower East & Worth (27)Manor Royal & Northgate (198)
DrugsBewbush (15)Manor Royal & Northgate (190)
Other CrimeMaidenbower East & Worth (11)Manor Royal & Northgate (66)
Other TheftMaidenbower East & Worth (20)Manor Royal & Northgate (192)
Possession of WeaponsBroadfield West (4)Manor Royal & Northgate (41)
Public OrderMaidenbower East & Worth (28)Manor Royal & Northgate (260)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Maidenbower East & Worth (2)Manor Royal & Northgate (36)
ShopliftingBroadfield West (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (253)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Ifield & Gossops Green (1)Manor Royal & Northgate (56)
Vehicle CrimeMaidenbower East & Worth (19)Ewhurst & West Green (68)
Violence and Sexual OffencesMaidenbower East & Worth (137)Manor Royal & Northgate (808)

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 204% 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%+204%+118%+114%+34%+48%+47%+48%+73%+92%
Bicycle Theft-+129%-42%--56%-38%+100%-25%-63%+29%
Burglary-9%-11%-19%+21%+9%-10%+4%--11%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-18%-4%+19%-13%-10%-3%-9%-36%-19%-20%
Drugs+5%+79%+86%+55%+31%+23%-22%+42%+2%-3%
Other Crime-7%-12%+54%+13%+54%-+16%+42%+82%+111%
Other Theft-19%-44%-43%-30%-35%-41%+4%-17%-27%-28%
Possession of Weapons-29%-37%+6%+129%-38%--35%-77%-23%-14%
Public Order-10%-11%+3%+36%-30%+11%-30%+11%-9%-4%
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-43%-45%-34%-74%-38%-5%+25%-47%-47%-59%
Violence and Sexual Offences-16%+6%-4%-9%-6%+9%-21%-11%-13%-5%

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021