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Crime and Safety in Lancing

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Lancing is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lancing in 2021 was 57 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 4.8% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lancing is the 395th most dangerous small town, and the 2,458th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2017, Lancing had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for drugs, with 73 crimes reported and a crime rate of 3.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2017 was also a bad month for Lancing residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 23 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Lancing are violence and sexual offences, with 439 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 14% lower than 2020's figure of 500 offences and a difference of 3.14 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Lancing's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Lancing 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Sussex

25% lower, regional crime rate

South East

33% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Lancing is 25% lower than the South East and 33% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Lancing Crime Rate Over Time

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Lancing Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Lancing 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 Lancing

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021571,114
2020601,160
2019601,161
201849955
2017591,145
2016521,015

Crime in Lancing Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Lancing This Year

 LancingWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31416.1818,89721.89 35% safer
Bicycle Theft100.528801.02 96% safer
Burglary291.491,8792.18 46% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1487.635,8246.75 12% more dangerous
Drugs281.441,8772.17 51% safer
Other Crime261.341,1731.36 1.5% safer
Other Theft864.434,2424.91 11% safer
Possession of Weapons100.525660.66 27% safer
Public Order1206.196,1587.13 15% safer
Robbery90.462910.34 26% more dangerous
Shoplifting1367.013,9674.60 34% more dangerous
Theft From the Person30.153250.38 153% safer
Vehicle Crime703.613,4073.95 9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences43922.6321,36024.74 9% safer

Lancing Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Rustington58441.5738% safer
Southwater47542.0736% safer
Angmering35342.3136% safer
Sompting41446.7123% safer
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.380.07% safer
Lancing1,11457.42-
Billingshurst56359.012.7% more dangerous
Southwick72059.864.1% more dangerous
Selsey69264.3111% more dangerous
Bersted78677.1426% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Lancing

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Recent Crimes in Lancing

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Public orderOn or near Haigh CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A27Investigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Rosecroft CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Airport/AirfieldInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Penhill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Tower RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Boxgrove CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near St Bernards CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Lancing ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near New Salts Farm RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kings CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near West LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West End WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West End WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Seventh AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The GrovelandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Lancing Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15141816 Safer
Bicycle Theft0.821.01.30.52 Safer
Burglary2.853.01.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6888 Safer
Drugs1.41.82.71.4 Safer
Other Crime1.30.881.61.3 Getting worse
Other Theft4.854.24.4 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.571.10.880.52 Safer
Public Order5566 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.360.880.310.46 Safer
Shoplifting2.71.32.97 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.150.260.310.15 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.43.22.43.6 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences20262623 Getting worse

Changes In Lancing's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Lancing's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Monks Recreation Ground812-244.9

Comparing Lancing to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lancing57.42-
Barnet67.0814% more dangerous
Croydon82.4830% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0536% more dangerous
Bristol90.5237% more dangerous
Coventry102.2444% more dangerous
Leicester111.5949% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0653% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6456% more dangerous
Bradford132.2857% more dangerous
Leeds150.9462% more dangerous

Crime in Lancing's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marsh Barn & Widewater43375First
South Lancing42354Second

Crime in Lancing During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Lancing change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Lancing saw a 800% increase in shoplifting. Lancing saw a large fall in burglary during July, when it fell by 90% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+83%+140%+95%+3%--7%+35%-33%-47%
Bicycle Theft--80%+200%+300%-+100%--+200%-33%
Burglary--50%-64%-38%-90%--71%+150%-64%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-14%-+33%+50%+64%-25%-14%-17%-42%
Drugs+33%-50%+75%-56%+200%-+100%-+100%+400%
Other Crime+300%-+200%+200%+200%-33%-+200%+100%+67%
Other Theft-10%-25%+180%-54%-73%--14%--55%-55%
Possession of Weapons-50%--75%+100%--+300%-50%+50%-
Public Order--20%+71%+71%+56%+27%+117%-67%+17%+167%
Robbery-80%-----+100%---
Shoplifting+300%-+100%-+300%+300%+200%--89%+800%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime-67%-50%-40%+200%-83%-25%-75%+50%+100%+20%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-31%+44%-+55%+21%-11%-17%+7%-24%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Lancing

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

How dangerous is Lancing?
Lancing is among the top 5 most dangerous small town in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Lancing?
Lancing's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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