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Crime and Safety in Horsham, West Sussex

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Horsham is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Horsham in 2021 was 64 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 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Horsham is the 70th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,884th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Horsham had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2019 was also a bad month for Horsham residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 12 crimes at a rate of 0.41 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 701 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 1.4% higher than 2020's figure of 691 offences and a difference of 0.34 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Horsham's least common crime is robbery, with 20 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 45% from 2020's figure of 11 crimes.

Horsham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

12% lower, regional crime rate

South East

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Horsham is 12% lower than the South East and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Horsham Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Horsham 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 Horsham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021641,879
2020631,834
2019812,349
2018702,031
2017651,901
2016641,852

Crime in Horsham Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Horsham This Year

 HorshamWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour69023.6818,89721.89 8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft622.138801.02 52% more dangerous
Burglary391.341,8792.18 63% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2207.555,8246.75 11% more dangerous
Drugs622.131,8772.17 1.9% safer
Other Crime341.171,1731.36 16% safer
Other Theft1354.634,2424.91 6% safer
Possession of Weapons240.825660.66 20% more dangerous
Public Order2478.486,1587.13 16% more dangerous
Robbery200.692910.34 51% more dangerous
Shoplifting2418.273,9674.60 44% more dangerous
Theft From the Person240.823250.38 54% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime702.403,4073.95 65% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences70124.0521,36024.74 2.9% safer

Horsham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.8550% safer
Burgess Hill1,37243.2449% safer
Haywards Heath1,37344.7344% safer
Horsham1,87964.47-
Littlehampton2,72890.0228% more dangerous
Chichester3,178109.4141% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,213120.6047% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Horsham

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Recent Crimes in Horsham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Black Horse WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near South StreetFormal action is not in the public interest
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oakhill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Worthing RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Park RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Redkiln CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Macleod RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Potters CroftInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Merryfield DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Market SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Springfield RoadLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near River MeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Granary CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Black Horse WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gilligan CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Harwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Horsham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19213124 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.52.61.82.1 Safer
Burglary3.43.63.11.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson71178 Safer
Drugs2.33.42.42.1 Safer
Other Crime1.11.61.31.2 Safer
Other Theft664.24.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.31.10.790.82 Safer
Public Order8998 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.621.10.380.69 Safer
Shoplifting7968 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.22.11.30.82 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.83.42.52.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24272424 Safer

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 2021.

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

Comparing Horsham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Horsham64.47-
Barnet67.083.9% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0528% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Coventry102.2437% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0648% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Horsham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Horsham Central1,302114First
Horsham East & Roffey33440Third
Horsham West44743Second

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 town 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).

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