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Crime and Safety in Littlehampton

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Littlehampton is the third most dangerous medium-sized towns in West Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Littlehampton in 2021 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Littlehampton is the 70th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 802nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Littlehampton had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for robbery, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2019 was also a bad month for Littlehampton residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 60 crimes at a rate of 2.0 per 1,000 residents. Littlehampton recorded 66 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2018, making its crime rate of 2.2 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Littlehampton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,174 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 6% higher than 2020's figure of 1,103 offences and a difference of 2.34 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Littlehampton's least common crime is robbery, with 15 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 20 crimes.

Littlehampton 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, West Sussex

20% higher, regional crime rate

South East

15% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Littlehampton is 20% higher than the South East and 15% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Littlehampton Crime Rate Over Time

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Littlehampton Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Littlehampton 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 Littlehampton

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021902,728
2020902,739
2019932,805
2018832,529
2017812,467
2016752,263

Crime in Littlehampton Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Littlehampton This Year

 LittlehamptonWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour96931.9818,89721.89 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft431.428801.02 28% more dangerous
Burglary993.271,8792.18 33% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson32510.735,8246.75 37% more dangerous
Drugs902.971,8772.17 27% more dangerous
Other Crime471.551,1731.36 12% more dangerous
Other Theft1926.344,2424.91 23% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons311.025660.66 35% more dangerous
Public Order35111.586,1587.13 38% more dangerous
Robbery150.502910.34 32% more dangerous
Shoplifting2147.063,9674.60 35% more dangerous
Theft From the Person190.633250.38 40% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1284.223,4073.95 6% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,17438.7421,36024.74 36% more dangerous

Littlehampton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,19242.85110% safer
Burgess Hill1,37243.24108% safer
Haywards Heath1,37344.73101% safer
Horsham1,87964.4740% safer
Littlehampton2,72890.02-
Chichester3,178109.4118% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,213120.6025% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Littlehampton

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Recent Crimes in Littlehampton

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Bayford RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near QuaysideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lineside WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Finches CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Globe PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Penarth GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Clifton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Sandfield AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Granary WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Whiteways CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near South TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Norfolk RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near St Martin'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Jasmine CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bayford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Carnation CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Lineside WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Belloc RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Littlehampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour32253432 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.82.41.91.4 Safer
Burglary554.23.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121211 Safer
Drugs1.63.13.53.0 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.82.11.6 Safer
Other Theft8666 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.61.41.0 Safer
Public Order791012 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.860.530.660.50 Safer
Shoplifting3.3687 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.460.230.63 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime694.64.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences32353639 Getting worse

Changes In Littlehampton's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Littlehampton's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Southfields Recreation Ground3-2-121.8

Comparing Littlehampton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0834% safer
Croydon82.489% safer
Littlehampton90.02-
Sheffield90.050.03% more dangerous
Bristol90.520.55% more dangerous
Coventry102.2412% more dangerous
Leicester111.5919% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0627% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6431% more dangerous
Bradford132.2832% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Littlehampton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Littlehampton East48152Third
Littlehampton West and River1,206165First
Wick & Toddington90285Second

Crime in Littlehampton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Littlehampton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Littlehampton saw a 375% increase in shoplifting. Littlehampton saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 86% compared to May in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Littlehampton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-12%+111%+33%+58%+44%+43%+52%+98%+50%-22%
Bicycle Theft--47%-33%--60%--29%+250%-+200%
Burglary---86%+120%-29%-20%+17%+14%-61%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson-57%+28%-34%+58%-52%-9%+43%-6%+40%+77%
Drugs+20%+67%+75%+50%+13%-27%+33%+120%+30%-42%
Other Crime-20%+133%-25%+33%-63%+100%--+75%+60%
Other Theft-39%-9%+13%-13%-32%--42%+14%+42%+7%
Possession of Weapons+250%-56%+200%--44%-67%-57%+33%+200%-50%
Public Order-4%-4%-22%+27%-10%+48%+13%+45%+28%+38%
Robbery-50%---50%-50%-33%-+300%+100%-
Shoplifting+40%+375%+60%+78%+175%-14%-29%+27%-45%-
Theft From the Person--------+200%-50%
Vehicle Crime-78%-33%-58%-29%-64%-80%-65%+6%-39%-15%
Violence and Sexual Offences+5%+1%+7%-20%+12%-25%+1%+31%+5%+5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Littlehampton

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

How dangerous is Littlehampton?
Littlehampton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Littlehampton?
Littlehampton's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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