Rustington Crime Overview

Rustington is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 64th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Rustington in 2020 was 45 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 29% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Rustington is the 327th safest small town, and the 3,583rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Rustington was the worst small town in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 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 5 reports of other crime during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.36 the worst small town for other crime in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Rustington are violence and sexual offences, with 231 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 0.43% higher than 2019's figure of 230 offences and a difference of 0.07 from 2019's crime rate of 16. Rustington's least common crime is robbery, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 167% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Rustington Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Rustington This Year

 RustingtonWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20714.7420,27623.4959% safer
Bicycle Theft120.851,0351.2041% safer
Burglary604.272,6203.0429% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson765.415,8086.7324% safer
Drugs161.142,3562.73139% safer
Other Crime151.071,2361.4334% safer
Other Theft392.783,7344.3356% safer
Possession of Weapons60.437560.88105% safer
Public Order624.415,3926.2542% safer
Robbery30.213850.45114% safer
Shoplifting886.263,3513.8838% more dangerous
Theft From the Person60.433520.414.7% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime251.783,1373.63104% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23116.4420,38423.6144% safer

Rustington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hassocks31237.2122% safer
Aldwick44238.0719% safer
North Horsham88939.8414% safer
Felpham47641.2910% safer
Angmering37544.941.2% safer
Rustington63945.49-
Selsey54550.6510% more dangerous
Billingshurst53255.7718% more dangerous
Sompting50156.5220% more dangerous
Lancing1,16059.7924% more dangerous
Bersted64162.9128% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Rustington

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Rustington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15161315Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.61.80.85Safer
Burglary4.24.93.14.3Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6665Safer
Drugs0.640.851.31.1Getting worse
Other Crime1.10.710.361.1Getting worse
Other Theft4.74.43.52.8Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.430.640.43Safer
Public Order4.34.34.04.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.140.140.570.21Safer
Shoplifting7666Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.430.280.430.43Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.24.83.61.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12161616Getting worse

Changes In Rustington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Rustington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Rustington45.49-
Barnet67.7133% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8147% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8756% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2858% more dangerous
Bradford133.0266% more dangerous
Leeds137.1067% more dangerous

Crime in Rustington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
East Preston & Rustington East24530Second
Rustington North44046First

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 most dangerous 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021