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Crime and Safety in East Grinstead

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East Grinstead is the safest medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is the 79th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Grinstead in 2021 was 43 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Grinstead is among the top 20 safest medium-sized towns, and the 4,252nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, East Grinstead was the worst medium-sized town in West Sussex for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for East Grinstead residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 14 crimes at a rate of 0.50 per 1,000 residents. East Grinstead recorded 5 reports of other crime during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in East Grinstead are violence and sexual offences, with 469 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 0.85% higher than 2020's figure of 465 offences and a difference of 0.14 from 2020's crime rate of 17. East Grinstead's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 75% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

East Grinstead 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

68% lower, regional crime rate

South East

78% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in East Grinstead is 68% lower than the South East and 78% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

East Grinstead Crime Rate Over Time

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East Grinstead Crime Map

Incidents mapped in East Grinstead 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 East Grinstead

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021431,192
2020441,230
2019511,417
2018511,425
2017491,352
2016451,257

Crime in East Grinstead Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in East Grinstead This Year

 East GrinsteadWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour55720.0218,89721.89 9% safer
Bicycle Theft90.328801.02 219% safer
Burglary702.521,8792.18 13% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1354.855,8246.75 39% safer
Drugs401.441,8772.17 51% safer
Other Crime220.791,1731.36 72% safer
Other Theft1244.464,2424.91 10% safer
Possession of Weapons110.405660.66 65% safer
Public Order1445.186,1587.13 38% safer
Robbery40.142910.34 143% safer
Shoplifting461.653,9674.60 179% safer
Theft From the Person160.583250.38 34% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1023.673,4073.95 8% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46916.8621,36024.74 47% safer

East Grinstead Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.85-
Burgess Hill1,37243.240.90% more dangerous
Haywards Heath1,37344.734.2% more dangerous
Horsham1,87964.4734% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,72890.0252% more dangerous
Chichester3,178109.4161% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Grinstead

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Recent Crimes in East Grinstead

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stockwell RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near The DellInvestigation 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 Garland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Brooklands WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Dorset GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Christopher RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hurst Farm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spring WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near St Margaret'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Cantelupe RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hermitage RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vowels LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Frith ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackwell Farm RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near B2110Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dunnings RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Queen'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

East Grinstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15142420 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.720.750.500.32 Safer
Burglary2.83.62.92.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9664.8 Safer
Drugs0.791.12.61.4 Getting worse
Other Crime0.470.720.680.79 Safer
Other Theft653.34.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.790.830.540.40 Safer
Public Order4.54.54.25 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.400.320.250.14 Safer
Shoplifting4.81.91.81.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.10.500.470.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.064.33.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences17191717 Safer

Changes In East Grinstead's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in East Grinstead's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
East Court War Memorial Playing Fields1----00.16
East Grinstead Rugby Football Club3---141.6
King George's Field15-41338
Mount Noddy Recreation Ground1743-3411
The Memorial Recreation Ground3---5217

Comparing East Grinstead to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead42.85-
Barnet67.0836% more dangerous
Croydon82.4848% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0552% more dangerous
Bristol90.5253% more dangerous
Coventry102.2458% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0665% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6467% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in East Grinstead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Grinstead Central & North74557First
East Grinstead West & South24931Second

Crime in East Grinstead During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in East Grinstead change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when East Grinstead saw a 1,200% increase in drugs. East Grinstead saw a large fall in other theft during April, when it fell by 92% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+210%+142%+100%+60%+94%+111%+3%+191%+242%
Bicycle Theft+100%-----+150%---
Burglary+50%-67%-88%-50%-14%+86%-8%-+13%-53%
Criminal Damage and Arson+121%-69%+25%-36%+33%+10%--54%--5%
Drugs+150%-33%+1,200%-50%+300%+200%+50%+400%+67%+50%
Other Crime-67%-----50%-+300%+50%-
Other Theft-58%-92%--11%--20%-42%+15%-53%-9%
Possession of Weapons-67%-67%-50%-+300%-67%---+100%
Public Order+86%-53%-20%-15%+63%+27%+13%-44%+33%-29%
Robbery-+100%------+100%-
Shoplifting+600%-60%-67%-50%-50%-43%+67%+25%+25%-17%
Theft From the Person--------50%-75%-33%
Vehicle Crime+140%-60%-70%+275%-46%-74%-12%-29%-30%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+3%-52%-27%-10%-18%+8%-11%-30%+30%-10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in East Grinstead

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

How dangerous is East Grinstead?
East Grinstead is the safest medium-sized town in West Sussex.

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

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

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