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Crime and Safety in Southwater

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Southwater is among the top 10 safest small towns in West Sussex, and is the 79th safest overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southwater in 2021 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 43% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southwater is the 220th safest small town, and the 4,394th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Southwater was the worst small town in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.27 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Southwater residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Southwater recorded 4 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.35 the worst small town for drugs in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Southwater are violence and sexual offences, with 186 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 16. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 155 offences and a difference of 2.74 from 2020's crime rate of 14. Southwater's least common crime is theft from the person, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 50% from 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Southwater 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, West Sussex

71% lower, regional crime rate

South East

82% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southwater is 71% lower than the South East and 82% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southwater Crime Rate Over Time

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Southwater Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Southwater 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 Southwater

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202142475
202032361
201930336
201825286
201732356
201626298

Crime in Southwater Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Southwater This Year

 SouthwaterWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25722.7618,89721.89 3.8% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft60.538801.02 92% safer
Burglary121.061,8792.18 106% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12110.725,8246.75 37% more dangerous
Drugs90.801,8772.17 171% safer
Other Crime90.801,1731.36 70% safer
Other Theft312.754,2424.91 79% safer
Possession of Weapons30.275660.66 144% safer
Public Order474.166,1587.13 71% safer
Shoplifting161.423,9674.60 224% safer
Theft From the Person20.183250.38 111% safer
Vehicle Crime332.923,4073.95 35% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18616.4721,36024.74 50% safer

Southwater Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aldwick36731.6133% safer
North Horsham73232.8128% safer
Worth37934.4822% safer
Felpham40935.4819% safer
Rustington58441.571.2% safer
Southwater47542.07-
Angmering35342.310.57% more dangerous
Sompting41446.7110% more dangerous
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.3827% more dangerous
Lancing1,11457.4227% more dangerous
Billingshurst56359.0129% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwater

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Recent Crimes in Southwater

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Woodlands WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near College RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bodiam CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fairbank RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Foxfield CottagesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near King Edward RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Cedar DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near College RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Reeds LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park/Open SpaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near College RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Pipers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Porchester CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wilberforce WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pipers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shaw'S LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Southwater Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour781923 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.440.710.350.53 Getting worse
Burglary2.02.01.51.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.23.3511 Getting worse
Drugs0.530.711.50.80 Getting worse
Other Crime0.271.10.890.80 Getting worse
Other Theft3.12.82.82.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.440.180.350.27 Safer
Public Order2.13.03.84.2 Getting worse
Shoplifting0.270.180.351.4 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.180.090.18No change
Vehicle Crime1.61.81.42.9 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences11141416 Getting worse

Changes In Southwater's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Southwater's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Southwater that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Southwater Country Park111--290.75
Southwater Playing Fields--1--00.26

Comparing Southwater to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Southwater42.07-
Barnet67.0837% more dangerous
Croydon82.4849% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0553% more dangerous
Bristol90.5254% more dangerous
Coventry102.2459% more dangerous
Leicester111.5962% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0666% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6468% more dangerous
Bradford132.2868% more dangerous
Leeds150.9472% more dangerous

Crime in Southwater's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Southwater41444First

Crime in Southwater During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southwater change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Southwater saw a 1,200% increase in anti-social behaviour. Southwater saw a large fall in vehicle crime during December, when it fell by 80% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+233%+183%+109%-+125%+1,200%+500%+300%+300%
Burglary+50%---------
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%--20%+900%+25%+200%+50%-+75%+500%
Drugs---------33%-50%
Other Crime--------+100%+100%
Other Theft-50%-+200%--50%-75%-33%+400%-25%+100%
Public Order--60%+40%-50%+133%--33%-60%+33%+400%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime----50%-----50%-80%
Violence and Sexual Offences-47%-11%+200%-43%+62%-24%-22%-72%+60%+36%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southwater

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

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

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

What is the least common crime in Southwater?
Southwater's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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