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Crime and Safety in Southwick, West Sussex

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Southwick is the third most dangerous small towns in West Sussex, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southwick in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 0.53% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southwick is the 366th most dangerous small town, and the 2,264th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Southwick was the worst small town in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2021 was also a bad month for Southwick residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for burglary, recording 8 crimes at a rate of 0.67 per 1,000 residents. Southwick recorded 11 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.91 the worst small town for criminal damage and arson in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Southwick are violence and sexual offences, with 314 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 7% lower than 2020's figure of 337 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Southwick's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Southwick 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Small Towns, West Sussex

20% lower, regional crime rate

South East

28% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Southwick is 20% lower than the South East and 28% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Southwick Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Southwick 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 Southwick

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202160720
202066790
201968816
201856672
201755665
201649593

Crime in Southwick Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Southwick This Year

 SouthwickWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour23619.6218,89721.89 12% safer
Bicycle Theft70.588801.02 76% safer
Burglary201.661,8792.18 31% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson927.655,8246.75 12% more dangerous
Drugs463.821,8772.17 43% more dangerous
Other Crime171.411,1731.36 3.5% more dangerous
Other Theft564.664,2424.91 5% safer
Possession of Weapons100.835660.66 20% more dangerous
Public Order786.486,1587.13 10% safer
Robbery50.422910.34 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting292.413,9674.60 91% safer
Theft From the Person30.253250.38 52% safer
Vehicle Crime433.573,4073.95 11% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31426.1121,36024.74 5% more dangerous

Southwick Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Angmering35342.3141% safer
Sompting41446.7128% safer
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common44357.384.3% safer
Lancing1,11457.424.2% safer
Billingshurst56359.011.4% safer
Southwick72059.86-
Selsey69264.317% more dangerous
Bersted78677.1422% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwick

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Recent Crimes in Southwick

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Spring GardensLocal resolution
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mile Oak CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southwick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southview CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Grange RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SummersdeaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Kingston BroadwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Westmount CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Whiterock PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near George StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Butts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Holmbush CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Butts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Butts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Butts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Southwick SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cross RoadUnable to prosecute suspect

Southwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14162320 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.670.831.00.58 Safer
Burglary3.13.12.01.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson97108 Safer
Drugs0.911.22.53.8 Getting worse
Other Crime0.911.61.81.4 Getting worse
Other Theft4.34.73.74.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.501.21.20.83 Getting worse
Public Order6766 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.750.420.42 Safer
Shoplifting3.04.33.52.4 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.670.670.500.25 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.764.53.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences23292826 Getting worse

Changes In Southwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Southwick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Southwick59.86-
Barnet67.0811% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0534% more dangerous
Bristol90.5234% more dangerous
Coventry102.2441% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2855% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Southwick During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Southwick change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Southwick saw a 580% increase in criminal damage and arson. Southwick saw a large fall in burglary during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+64%+131%+192%+35%-5%+28%+114%-8%+113%-56%
Bicycle Theft---33%--+100%+100%---
Burglary+200%-67%-80%--33%+200%-50%+100%--
Criminal Damage and Arson+75%-56%-57%-43%-8%+400%+40%+71%+580%-22%
Drugs-+100%-+100%+200%+50%--+200%-75%
Other Crime+100%+200%---50%--+200%-50%-
Other Theft-17%-29%+100%-25%-50%-60%+100%+150%-20%-50%
Possession of Weapons-+100%+100%+200%---50%+100%-67%-
Public Order--43%-43%+67%+17%+67%-+14%--58%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting+50%-33%-80%+100%--63%+50%+100%-25%-40%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+100%+50%-71%-33%-50%-30%-63%+500%+33%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+15%-31%+12%-17%-8%-6%+18%-30%-16%-59%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Southwick

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

How dangerous is Southwick?
Southwick is the third most dangerous small town in West Sussex.

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

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

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