Horsham Crime Overview

Horsham is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Horsham in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 7% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Horsham is the 76th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,869th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2019, Horsham had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for theft from the person, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.41 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2018 was also a bad month for Horsham residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.10 per 1,000 residents. Horsham recorded 7 reports of other crime during December 2015, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for other crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Horsham are violence and sexual offences, with 691 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 12% lower than 2019's figure of 774 offences and a difference of 2.85 from 2019's crime rate of 27. Horsham's least common crime is robbery, with 11 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 182% from 2019's figure of 31 crimes.

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Crime in Horsham Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Horsham This Year

 HorshamWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour89930.8520,27623.4924% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft541.851,0351.2035% more dangerous
Burglary903.092,6203.041.6% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1976.765,8086.730.44% more dangerous
Drugs692.372,3562.7315% safer
Other Crime391.341,2361.437% safer
Other Theft1244.253,7344.331.9% safer
Possession of Weapons230.797560.8811% safer
Public Order2528.655,3926.2528% more dangerous
Robbery110.383850.4518% safer
Shoplifting1745.973,3513.8835% more dangerous
Theft From the Person381.303520.4168% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime722.473,1373.6347% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences69123.7120,38423.610.42% more dangerous

Horsham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.2242% safer
Haywards Heath1,38345.0540% safer
Burgess Hill1,47846.5835% safer
Horsham1,83462.93-
Littlehampton2,73990.3930% more dangerous
Chichester2,78695.9234% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,097116.2546% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Horsham

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Horsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22192131Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.32.52.61.8Safer
Burglary4.63.43.63.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson77117Safer
Drugs1.92.33.42.4Safer
Other Crime1.21.11.61.3Getting worse
Other Theft6664.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.581.31.10.79Safer
Public Order7899Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.650.621.10.38Safer
Shoplifting6796Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.71.22.11.3Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.83.42.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22242724Safer

Changes In Horsham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Horsham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Horsham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Bennett's Field312211113
Horsham Park54313114154.4

Comparing Horsham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Horsham62.93-
Barnet67.717% more dangerous
Coventry77.4119% more dangerous
Croydon83.2224% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8127% more dangerous
Bristol86.2127% more dangerous
Leicester97.4435% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8739% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2841% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1054% more dangerous

Crime in Horsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Horsham Central1,173102First
Horsham East & Roffey45654Second
Horsham West44342Third

Crime in Horsham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Horsham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Horsham saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Horsham saw a large fall in burglary during April, when it fell by 89% compared to April in 2019. Rates of criminal damage and arson and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Horsham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-+178%+90%+123%+75%-38%+12%+30%+94%+153%
Bicycle Theft-57%--73%---67%-40%+50%-56%-50%
Burglary+67%-89%-60%+100%+31%-88%+67%+113%-64%-57%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-80%-58%-33%-52%+20%-22%-29%-36%-19%
Drugs-13%-40%+29%-43%-67%-33%-40%--43%-40%
Other Crime-33%--75%-25%+67%+67%-33%+67%-14%-60%
Other Theft-30%-70%-63%-18%-25%-44%-38%-36%-63%-56%
Possession of Weapons-33%-60%-+100%+300%-33%--+300%-67%
Public Order-19%-44%-43%-41%-29%+107%-17%+117%+17%-22%
Robbery+67%--75%----+200%-50%-
Shoplifting-17%-79%-65%-69%-24%-45%-51%+50%-59%-71%
Theft From the Person---50%--67%+33%---67%-67%
Vehicle Crime-62%+17%-50%--64%-78%+67%+200%-54%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences-25%-2%-33%-27%+21%-12%+38%+3%-21%-42%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Horsham

What police force serves Horsham?
Horsham's local territorial police force is the Sussex Police.
How dangerous is Horsham?
Horsham is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Sussex.
What is Horsham's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Horsham are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Horsham?
Horsham's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021