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Crime and Safety in Haywards Heath

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Haywards Heath is the third safest medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is the 71st most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Haywards Heath in 2021 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 35% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Haywards Heath is among the top 20 safest medium-sized town, and the 3,956th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Haywards Heath was the worst medium-sized town in West Sussex for drugs, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.49 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Haywards Heath residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.36 per 1,000 residents. Haywards Heath recorded 2 reports of robbery during March 2021, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst medium-sized town for robbery in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Haywards Heath are violence and sexual offences, with 617 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 20. This is 4.9% higher than 2020's figure of 587 offences and a difference of 0.98 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Haywards Heath's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 800% from 2020's figure of 18 crimes.

Haywards Heath 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

61% lower, regional crime rate

South East

71% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Haywards Heath is 61% lower than the South East and 71% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Haywards Heath Crime Rate Over Time

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Haywards Heath Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Haywards Heath 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 Haywards Heath

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021451,373
2020451,383
2019471,436
2018441,356
2017431,306
2016361,106

Crime in Haywards Heath Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Haywards Heath This Year

 Haywards HeathWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour65521.3418,89721.89 2.6% safer
Bicycle Theft150.498801.02 108% safer
Burglary451.471,8792.18 48% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1534.985,8246.75 36% safer
Drugs461.501,8772.17 45% safer
Other Crime321.041,1731.36 31% safer
Other Theft1133.684,2424.91 33% safer
Possession of Weapons100.335660.66 100% safer
Public Order1825.936,1587.13 20% safer
Robbery20.072910.34 386% safer
Shoplifting912.963,9674.60 55% safer
Theft From the Person140.463250.38 17% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime531.733,4073.95 128% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61720.1021,36024.74 23% safer

Haywards Heath Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.854.4% safer
Burgess Hill1,37243.243.4% safer
Haywards Heath1,37344.73-
Horsham1,87964.4731% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,72890.0250% more dangerous
Chichester3,178109.4159% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,213120.6063% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Haywards Heath

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Recent Crimes in Haywards Heath

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near HarvestersInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fox Hill VillageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Boston RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bannister WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Pierces LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Gower RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Climping CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bentswood CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Fox Hill VillageUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Highland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Acre CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dolphin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ridge WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Boltro RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Dolphin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Haywards Heath Orchards Shopping CentreInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Langridge LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Haywards Heath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11152321 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.751.70.940.49 Safer
Burglary1.92.11.51.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.9655.0 Safer
Drugs0.981.02.21.5 Getting worse
Other Crime0.851.10.781.0 Getting worse
Other Theft4.54.83.33.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.420.850.550.33 Safer
Public Order4.44.976 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.460.550.590.07 Safer
Shoplifting3.83.02.63.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.520.260.46 Safer
Vehicle Crime1.71.81.51.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19191920 Getting worse

Changes In Haywards Heath's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Haywards Heath's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beech Hurst Recreation Ground2----10.46
The Heath62--101.4
Victoria Park2011-1015

Comparing Haywards Heath to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Haywards Heath44.73-
Barnet67.0833% more dangerous
Croydon82.4846% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0550% more dangerous
Bristol90.5251% more dangerous
Coventry102.2456% more dangerous
Leicester111.5960% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0664% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6465% more dangerous
Bradford132.2866% more dangerous
Leeds150.9470% more dangerous

Crime in Haywards Heath's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Haywards Heath East30939Second
Haywards Heath West75663First

Crime in Haywards Heath During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Haywards Heath change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Haywards Heath saw a 1,100% increase in drugs. Haywards Heath saw a large fall in bicycle theft during November, when it fell by 91% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+70%+129%+57%+55%+52%+12%+4%+56%+59%+245%
Bicycle Theft+133%--+33%-85%-60%--67%-91%-
Burglary-40%+67%+300%--50%-55%-20%-56%-43%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-67%+75%-29%+38%-7%-31%-19%-69%-57%+14%
Drugs+150%-67%+200%+150%+1,100%+400%+100%+300%+29%+20%
Other Crime-+200%+50%-50%-+100%-67%-33%--67%
Other Theft-31%+14%-68%-46%-56%-69%-38%--25%-17%
Possession of Weapons+100%+200%-88%-50%--20%--67%-50%-
Public Order+125%-21%+189%+14%+15%-11%+64%+12%+50%-
Robbery+100%----+100%----
Shoplifting--45%-56%-33%-30%-14%+11%-29%-75%-17%
Theft From the Person-50%---50%---50%---
Vehicle Crime-20%+100%-33%-25%+140%-25%--86%+25%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%+7%-17%-9%+29%+26%-4%-33%-12%-37%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Haywards Heath

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

How dangerous is Haywards Heath?
Haywards Heath is the third safest medium-sized town in West Sussex.

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

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

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