Lancing Crime Overview

Lancing is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Lancing in 2020 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 2.1% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Lancing is the 315th most dangerous small town, and the 2,110th 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 500 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 0.80% lower than 2019's figure of 504 offences and a difference of 0.21 from 2019's crime rate of 26. Lancing's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 183% from 2019's figure of 17 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Lancing This Year

 LancingWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour34417.7320,27623.4932% safer
Bicycle Theft251.291,0351.207% more dangerous
Burglary582.992,6203.041.7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1588.145,8086.7317% more dangerous
Drugs522.682,3562.731.9% safer
Other Crime311.601,2361.4311% more dangerous
Other Theft824.233,7344.332.4% safer
Possession of Weapons170.887560.880% safer
Public Order1216.245,3926.250.16% safer
Robbery60.313850.4545% safer
Shoplifting572.943,3513.8832% safer
Theft From the Person60.313520.4132% safer
Vehicle Crime472.423,1373.6350% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50025.7720,38423.618% more dangerous

Crime in Lancing Compared To West Sussex

Lancing Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Angmering37544.9433% safer
Rustington63945.4931% safer
Selsey54550.6518% safer
Billingshurst53255.777% safer
Sompting50156.526% safer
Lancing1,16059.79-
Bersted64162.915.0% more dangerous
Southwick79065.689% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common71592.6235% more dangerous

Lancing Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour23151418Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.360.821.01.3Getting worse
Burglary4.32.853.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10688Getting worse
Drugs71.41.82.7Safer
Other Crime0.671.30.881.6Getting worse
Other Theft4.84.854.2Safer
Possession of Weapons0.720.571.10.88Getting worse
Public Order4.7556Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.410.360.880.31Safer
Shoplifting2.62.71.32.9Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.40.150.260.31Safer
Vehicle Crime3.22.43.22.4Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19202626Getting worse

Changes In Lancing's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Lancing to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Lancing59.79-
Barnet67.7112% more dangerous
Coventry77.4123% more dangerous
Croydon83.2228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8130% more dangerous
Bristol86.2131% more dangerous
Leicester97.4439% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8742% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2844% more dangerous
Bradford133.0255% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Lancing's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Marsh Barn & Widewater41272First
South Lancing44156Second

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 towns 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021