Haywards Heath Crime Overview

Haywards Heath is the second safest medium-sized town in West Sussex, and is the 65th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Haywards Heath in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 30% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Haywards Heath is the 26th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,631st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, Haywards Heath was the worst medium-sized town in West Sussex for public order, with 26 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.85 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2019 was also a bad month for Haywards Heath residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Haywards Heath recorded 11 reports of bicycle theft during November 2019, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Haywards Heath are violence and sexual offences, with 587 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 2.6% higher than 2019's figure of 572 offences and a difference of 0.49 from 2019's crime rate of 19. Haywards Heath's least common crime is theft from the person, with 8 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 16 crimes.

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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 Behaviour71623.3220,27623.490.73% safer
Bicycle Theft290.941,0351.2028% safer
Burglary471.532,6203.0499% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1565.085,8086.7332% safer
Drugs692.252,3562.7321% safer
Other Crime240.781,2361.4383% safer
Other Theft1003.263,7344.3333% safer
Possession of Weapons170.557560.8860% safer
Public Order2006.525,3926.254.1% more dangerous
Robbery180.593850.4524% more dangerous
Shoplifting812.643,3513.8847% safer
Theft From the Person80.263520.4158% safer
Vehicle Crime471.533,1373.63137% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences58719.1220,38423.6123% safer

Haywards Heath Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.221.9% safer
Haywards Heath1,38345.05-
Burgess Hill1,47846.583.3% more dangerous
Horsham1,83462.9328% more dangerous
Littlehampton2,73990.3950% more dangerous
Chichester2,78695.9253% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,097116.2561% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Haywards Heath

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Haywards Heath Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16111523Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.590.751.70.94Safer
Burglary3.31.92.11.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson64.965Safer
Drugs0.720.981.02.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.460.851.10.78Safer
Other Theft64.54.83.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.390.420.850.55Safer
Public Order4.14.44.97Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.490.460.550.59Getting worse
Shoplifting4.03.83.02.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.620.780.520.26Safer
Vehicle Crime1.91.71.81.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15191919Getting 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 2020.

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 Heath45.05-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4142% more dangerous
Croydon83.2246% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8148% more dangerous
Bristol86.2148% more dangerous
Leicester97.4454% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Haywards Heath's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Haywards Heath East34143Second
Haywards Heath West75763First

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 second 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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021