East Grinstead Crime Overview

East Grinstead is the safest medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is the 69th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Grinstead in 2020 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Grinstead is the 24th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,727th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, East Grinstead was the worst medium-sized town in West Sussex for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for East Grinstead residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. East Grinstead recorded 17 reports of vehicle crime during January 2020, making its crime rate of 0.61 the worst medium-sized town for vehicle crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in East Grinstead are violence and sexual offences, with 465 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 17. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 527 offences and a difference of 2.23 from 2019's crime rate of 19. East Grinstead's least common crime is robbery, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 29% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in East Grinstead Compared To West Sussex

Summary of Crimes in East Grinstead This Year

 East GrinsteadWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour66824.0120,27623.492.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft140.501,0351.20140% safer
Burglary812.912,6203.044.5% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1655.935,8086.7313% safer
Drugs712.552,3562.737% safer
Other Crime190.681,2361.43110% safer
Other Theft933.343,7344.3330% safer
Possession of Weapons150.547560.8863% safer
Public Order1174.215,3926.2548% safer
Robbery70.253850.4580% safer
Shoplifting501.803,3513.88116% safer
Theft From the Person130.473520.4113% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1204.313,1373.6316% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences46516.7220,38423.6141% safer

East Grinstead Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.22-
Haywards Heath1,38345.051.8% more dangerous
Burgess Hill1,47846.585% more dangerous
Horsham1,83462.9330% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,73990.3951% more dangerous
Chichester2,78695.9254% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Grinstead

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East Grinstead Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20151424Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.430.720.750.50Safer
Burglary3.42.83.62.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8966Safer
Drugs1.00.791.12.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.20.470.720.68Safer
Other Theft6653.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.470.790.830.54Safer
Public Order4.24.54.54.2Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.250.400.320.25Safer
Shoplifting2.64.81.91.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.971.10.500.47Safer
Vehicle Crime4.33.064.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15171917Safer

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 2020.

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 Grinstead44.22-
Barnet67.7135% more dangerous
Coventry77.4143% more dangerous
Croydon83.2247% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8148% more dangerous
Bristol86.2149% more dangerous
Leicester97.4455% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8757% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2859% more dangerous
Bradford133.0267% more dangerous
Leeds137.1068% more dangerous

Crime in East Grinstead's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Grinstead Central & North83864First
East Grinstead West & South22428Second

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021