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Crime and Safety in Selsey

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Selsey is the second most dangerous small town in West Sussex, and is the 30th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Selsey in 2021 was 64 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Selsey is the 308th most dangerous small town, and the 1,892nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Selsey was the worst small town in West Sussex for burglary, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.28 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2021 was also a bad month for Selsey residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.6 per 1,000 residents. Selsey recorded 9 reports of other theft during May 2021, making its crime rate of 0.84 the worst small town for other theft in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Selsey are violence and sexual offences, with 312 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 25% higher than 2020's figure of 234 offences and a difference of 7.24 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Selsey's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 67% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Selsey 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Sussex

12% lower, regional crime rate

South East

19% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Selsey is 12% lower than the South East and 19% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Selsey Crime Rate Over Time

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Selsey Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Selsey 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 Selsey

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202164692
202051545
201952565
201840431
201741442
201644469

Crime in Selsey Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Selsey This Year

 SelseyWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour30228.0618,89721.89 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft30.288801.02 264% safer
Burglary292.691,8792.18 19% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1049.665,8246.75 30% more dangerous
Drugs232.141,8772.17 1.4% safer
Other Crime121.121,1731.36 21% safer
Other Theft484.464,2424.91 10% safer
Possession of Weapons50.465660.66 43% safer
Public Order918.466,1587.13 16% more dangerous
Shoplifting322.973,9674.60 55% safer
Theft From the Person30.283250.38 36% safer
Vehicle Crime302.793,4073.95 42% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31228.9921,36024.74 15% more dangerous

Selsey Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sompting41446.7138% safer
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.3812% safer
Lancing1,11457.4212% safer
Billingshurst56359.019% safer
Southwick72059.867% safer
Selsey69264.31-
Bersted78677.1417% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Selsey

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Recent Crimes in Selsey

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Glen CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Coxes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FreewaysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St George'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Hunnisett CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Denshare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upways CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Grant CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near FreewaysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marine GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Harding CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Warner'S LaneOffender given a caution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Malden WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marine DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Burlington GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near West StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Marine GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Spinney CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Selsey Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15142128 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.460.460.460.28 Safer
Burglary2.61.33.42.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson68810 Getting worse
Drugs0.650.652.42.1 Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.20.841.1 Safer
Other Theft3.24.43.24.5 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.280.740.460.46 Getting worse
Public Order3.5668 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.841.61.43.0 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.090.280.190.28 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.01.63.02.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences19262229 Getting worse

Changes In Selsey's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Selsey to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Selsey64.31-
Barnet67.084.1% more dangerous
Croydon82.4822% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0529% more dangerous
Bristol90.5229% more dangerous
Coventry102.2437% more dangerous
Leicester111.5942% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0648% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6450% more dangerous
Bradford132.2851% more dangerous
Leeds150.9457% more dangerous

Crime in Selsey's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Selsey69264First

Crime in Selsey During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Selsey change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Selsey saw a 700% increase in burglary. Selsey saw a large fall in public order during July, when it fell by 83% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+117%+130%+155%+89%-10%-15%+107%+114%-20%+92%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary--+150%-+700%+400%+100%-33%--67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-20%+50%-64%-20%+8%-25%-42%+140%-46%+25%
Drugs-+300%--+100%+50%----
Other Crime-----50%----67%-
Other Theft+150%-+50%-80%+50%-50%-67%-50%+600%-
Possession of Weapons-------50%---
Public Order+200%-40%-25%-43%-83%+140%--67%-43%-67%
Shoplifting----+400%-33%-+100%-67%-80%
Vehicle Crime+50%---50%+50%+100%+150%+250%+100%-
Violence and Sexual Offences-62%-17%-25%-38%-20%+18%+5%+4%-54%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Selsey

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

How dangerous is Selsey?
Selsey is the second most dangerous small town in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Selsey?
Selsey's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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