Littlehampton Crime Overview

Littlehampton is the third most dangerous medium-sized town 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 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 35% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Littlehampton is the 59th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 695th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2019, Littlehampton had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for vehicle crime, with 60 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.0 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Littlehampton are violence and sexual offences, with 1,103 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 3.8% higher than 2019's figure of 1,061 offences and a difference of 1.39 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Littlehampton's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 14 crimes.

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Crime in Littlehampton Compared To West Sussex

Summary of Crimes in Littlehampton This Year

 LittlehamptonWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,02933.9620,27623.4931% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft571.881,0351.2036% more dangerous
Burglary1284.222,6203.0428% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson35011.555,8086.7342% more dangerous
Drugs1073.532,3562.7323% more dangerous
Other Crime642.111,2361.4332% more dangerous
Other Theft1805.943,7344.3327% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons421.397560.8837% more dangerous
Public Order2979.805,3926.2536% more dangerous
Robbery200.663850.4532% more dangerous
Shoplifting2468.123,3513.8852% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.233520.4178% safer
Vehicle Crime1384.553,1373.6320% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,10336.4020,38423.6135% more dangerous

Littlehampton Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
East Grinstead1,23044.22104% safer
Haywards Heath1,38345.05101% safer
Burgess Hill1,47846.5894% safer
Horsham1,83462.9344% safer
Littlehampton2,73990.39-
Chichester2,78695.926% more dangerous
Bognor Regis3,097116.2522% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Littlehampton

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Littlehampton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour34322534Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.41.82.41.9Safer
Burglary6554.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13141212Safer
Drugs1.91.63.13.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.81.31.82.1Getting worse
Other Theft9866Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.21.61.4Safer
Public Order77910Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.530.860.530.66Getting worse
Shoplifting4.63.368Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.530.730.460.23Safer
Vehicle Crime5694.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28323536Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Littlehampton to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7133% safer
Coventry77.4117% safer
Croydon83.229% safer
Sheffield85.815% safer
Bristol86.214.8% safer
Littlehampton90.39-
Leicester97.447% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8712% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0232% more dangerous
Leeds137.1034% more dangerous

Crime in Littlehampton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Littlehampton East51756Third
Littlehampton West and River1,180162First
Wick & Toddington89484Second

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 theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 07 May 2021