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Crime and Safety in Sompting

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Sompting is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 67th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Sompting in 2021 was 47 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 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Sompting is the 293rd safest small town, and the 3,700th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Sompting was the worst small town in West Sussex for other crime, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.56 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Sompting residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.23 per 1,000 residents. Sompting recorded 13 reports of burglary during January 2020, making its crime rate of 1.5 the worst small town for burglary in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Sompting are violence and sexual offences, with 185 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 21. This is 8% lower than 2020's figure of 199 offences and a difference of 1.58 from 2020's crime rate of 22. Sompting's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 40% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Sompting 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Small Towns, West Sussex

54% lower, regional crime rate

South East

64% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Sompting is 54% lower than the South East and 64% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Sompting Crime Rate Over Time

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Sompting Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Sompting 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 Sompting

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202147414
202057501
201943379
201836316
201736323
201638333

Crime in Sompting Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Sompting This Year

 SomptingWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14516.3618,89721.89 34% safer
Bicycle Theft50.568801.02 82% safer
Burglary91.021,8792.18 114% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson728.125,8246.75 17% more dangerous
Drugs141.581,8772.17 37% safer
Other Crime161.811,1731.36 25% more dangerous
Other Theft232.594,2424.91 90% safer
Possession of Weapons60.685660.66 2.9% more dangerous
Public Order475.306,1587.13 35% safer
Shoplifting171.923,9674.60 140% safer
Vehicle Crime202.263,4073.95 75% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18520.8721,36024.74 19% safer

Sompting Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worth37934.4835% safer
Felpham40935.4832% safer
Rustington58441.5712% safer
Southwater47542.0711% safer
Angmering35342.3110% safer
Sompting41446.71-
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.3819% more dangerous
Lancing1,11457.4219% more dangerous
Billingshurst56359.0121% more dangerous
Southwick72059.8622% more dangerous
Selsey69264.3127% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Sompting

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Recent Crimes in Sompting

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Templars MewsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hamble RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillbarn AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Western RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaFurther investigation is not in the public interest
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near MillfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Maytree CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Derwent CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sylvan RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Mark'S CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LawnsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Test RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cokeham LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Busticle LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blacksmiths CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillbarn AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Ambleside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Test RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Elizabeth PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect

Sompting Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour8131716 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.340.340.340.56 Getting worse
Burglary2.11.84.21.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7688 Getting worse
Drugs1.01.62.51.6 Getting worse
Other Crime0.341.42.01.8 Getting worse
Other Theft2.92.82.62.6 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.901.10.900.68 Safer
Public Order2.84.365 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.560.344.41.9 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.33.02.92.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15202221 Getting worse

Changes In Sompting's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Sompting to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Sompting46.71-
Barnet67.0830% more dangerous
Croydon82.4843% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0548% more dangerous
Bristol90.5248% more dangerous
Coventry102.2454% more dangerous
Leicester111.5958% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0662% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6464% more dangerous
Bradford132.2865% more dangerous
Leeds150.9469% more dangerous

Crime in Sompting's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cokeham & Sompting36751First

Crime in Sompting During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Sompting change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Sompting saw a 600% increase in public order. Sompting saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during November, when it fell by 82% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+88%+167%+280%-59%+11%+200%+30%-82%-60%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+100%--+200%+100%----60%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+200%+150%-43%+133%+67%-17%-40%+75%-29%-
Drugs+100%-33%--+100%+50%----
Other Crime--------+200%-
Other Theft-50%-+200%-67%-+33%+150%---
Possession of Weapons---50%-50%------
Public Order-25%-80%+600%+60%+150%+40%-17%+500%--50%
Shoplifting-------+400%--
Vehicle Crime-+100%--50%-50%--60%+50%--
Violence and Sexual Offences+64%+9%-18%+44%+133%+89%+7%-71%-28%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Sompting

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

How dangerous is Sompting?
Sompting is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in West Sussex.

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

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

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