Southwater Crime Overview

Southwater is the safest small town in West Sussex, and is the 46th safest overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southwater in 2020 was 32 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 83% lower than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southwater is the 138th safest small town, and the 5,378th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Southwater was the worst small town in West Sussex for robbery, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.18 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2019 was also a bad month for Southwater residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for drugs, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.27 per 1,000 residents. Southwater recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during August 2017, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Southwater are violence and sexual offences, with 155 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 14. This is 0.65% higher than 2019's figure of 154 offences and a difference of 0.09 from 2019's crime rate of 14. Southwater's least common crime is theft from the person, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 100% from 2019's figure of 2 crimes.

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See how Southwater shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Southwater and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Southwater Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Southwater This Year

 SouthwaterWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21919.3920,27623.4921% safer
Bicycle Theft40.351,0351.20243% safer
Burglary171.512,6203.04101% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson575.055,8086.7333% safer
Drugs171.512,3562.7381% safer
Other Crime100.891,2361.4361% safer
Other Theft312.753,7344.3357% safer
Possession of Weapons40.357560.88151% safer
Public Order433.815,3926.2564% safer
Robbery20.183850.45150% safer
Shoplifting40.353,3513.881009% safer
Theft From the Person10.093520.41356% safer
Vehicle Crime161.423,1373.63156% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15513.7320,38423.6172% safer

Southwater Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worth38334.848% more dangerous
Hassocks31237.2114% more dangerous
Aldwick44238.0716% more dangerous
North Horsham88939.8420% more dangerous
Felpham47641.2923% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwater

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Southwater Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour97819Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.270.440.710.35Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.03.23.35Getting worse
Drugs0.970.530.711.5Getting worse
Other Crime0.350.271.10.89Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.620.440.180.35Safer
Public Order2. worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.35-0.180.18Safer
Shoplifting0. worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)--0.180.09Safer
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences13111414Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7153% more dangerous
Coventry77.4159% more dangerous
Croydon83.2262% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8163% more dangerous
Bristol86.2163% more dangerous
Leicester97.4467% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8769% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2870% more dangerous
Bradford133.0276% more dangerous
Leeds137.1077% more dangerous

Crime in Southwater's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+233%+183%+109%-+125%+1,200%+500%+300%+300%
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%--20%+900%+25%+200%+50%-+75%+500%
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 the safest small town 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021