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Crime and Safety in Rustington

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Rustington is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Sussex, and is the 77th safest overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rustington in 2021 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 45% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rustington is the 215th safest small town, and the 4,469th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Rustington was the worst small town in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Rustington residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.43 per 1,000 residents. Rustington recorded 1 report of theft from the person during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst small town for theft from the person in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Rustington are violence and sexual offences, with 228 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 1.3% lower than 2020's figure of 231 offences and a difference of 0.21 from 2020's crime rate of 16. Rustington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 500% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Rustington 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Sussex

73% lower, regional crime rate

South East

84% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Rustington is 73% lower than the South East and 84% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Rustington Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Rustington 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 Rustington

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202142584
202045639
201948669
201850704
201747656
201640567

Crime in Rustington Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Rustington This Year

 RustingtonWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20714.7418,89721.89 49% safer
Bicycle Theft100.718801.02 44% safer
Burglary281.991,8792.18 10% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson493.495,8246.75 93% safer
Drugs181.281,8772.17 70% safer
Other Crime80.571,1731.36 139% safer
Other Theft422.994,2424.91 64% safer
Possession of Weapons10.075660.66 843% safer
Public Order765.416,1587.13 32% safer
Robbery30.212910.34 62% safer
Shoplifting684.843,9674.60 5.0% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.433250.38 12% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime473.353,4073.95 18% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences22816.2321,36024.74 52% safer

Rustington Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hassocks24629.3442% safer
Aldwick36731.6132% safer
North Horsham73232.8127% safer
Worth37934.4821% safer
Felpham40935.4817% safer
Rustington58441.57-
Southwater47542.071.2% more dangerous
Angmering35342.311.7% more dangerous
Sompting41446.7111% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.3828% more dangerous
Lancing1,11457.4228% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rustington

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Recent Crimes in Rustington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Worthing RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Canterbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ilex CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Wolstenbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022RobberyOn or near Mill LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Georgian GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near The StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wolstenbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodlands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Byron RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arun CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheam RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Glenville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Ruston ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Glenville RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Winchester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Vicarage LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Artex AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Broadmark LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Rustington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16131515 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.80.850.71 Safer
Burglary4.93.14.32.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6653.5 Safer
Drugs0.851.31.11.3 Getting worse
Other Crime0.710.361.10.57 Safer
Other Theft4.43.52.83.0 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.640.430.07 Safer
Public Order4.34.04.45 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.570.210.21 Safer
Shoplifting6664.8 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.280.430.430.43 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.83.61.83.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences16161616 Getting worse

Changes In Rustington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rustington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Rustington41.57-
Barnet67.0838% more dangerous
Croydon82.4850% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0554% more dangerous
Bristol90.5254% more dangerous
Coventry102.2459% more dangerous
Leicester111.5963% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0666% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6468% more dangerous
Bradford132.2869% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Rustington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Preston & Rustington East28035Second
Rustington North37840First

Crime in Rustington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Rustington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Rustington saw a 500% increase in burglary. Rustington saw a large fall in vehicle crime during September, when it fell by 91% compared to September in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-21%+125%+88%+140%-19%+23%-20%-7%+10%-58%
Bicycle Theft-----50%-75%-+100%--
Burglary-+33%---33%-+40%+300%+500%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-78%-57%+100%+33%-71%-+120%+60%+140%-
Drugs--+300%---50%-67%--50%-33%
Other Crime-------+400%--
Other Theft--60%-67%+133%+25%-40%-33%-17%+67%-25%
Possession of Weapons------+100%---
Public Order+250%-33%-67%+29%-67%+250%-13%+200%-71%-
Shoplifting-+33%+67%+233%-75%+67%+33%-40%-41%-67%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime--40%-50%---90%-91%+250%-67%+100%
Violence and Sexual Offences+28%-33%-24%+178%+150%+113%-43%-18%-33%-36%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Rustington

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

How dangerous is Rustington?
Rustington is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Rustington?
Rustington's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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