Southwick Crime Overview

Southwick is the second most dangerous small town in West Sussex, and is the 23rd most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Southwick in 2020 was 66 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 11% higher than the West Sussex rate of 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Southwick is the 246th most dangerous small town, and the 1,698th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Southwick was the worst small town in West Sussex for criminal damage and arson, with 34 crimes reported and a crime rate of 2.8 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Southwick residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for other crime, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Southwick recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during October 2020, making its crime rate of 0.17 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Southwick are violence and sexual offences, with 337 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 5% lower than 2019's figure of 354 offences and a difference of 1.41 from 2019's crime rate of 29. Southwick's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 9 crimes.

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Crime in Southwick Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Southwick This Year

 SouthwickWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour27622.9520,27623.492.4% safer
Bicycle Theft121.001,0351.2020% safer
Burglary242.002,6203.0452% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12210.145,8086.7334% more dangerous
Drugs302.492,3562.7310% safer
Other Crime211.751,2361.4318% more dangerous
Other Theft453.743,7344.3316% safer
Possession of Weapons141.167560.8824% more dangerous
Public Order786.485,3926.253.5% more dangerous
Robbery50.423850.457% safer
Shoplifting423.493,3513.8811% safer
Theft From the Person60.503520.4118% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime544.493,1373.6319% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences33728.0220,38423.6116% more dangerous

Southwick Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Selsey54550.6530% safer
Billingshurst53255.7718% safer
Sompting50156.5216% safer
Lancing1,16059.7910% safer
Bersted64162.914.4% safer
Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common71592.6229% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Southwick

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Southwick Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour20141623Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.10.670.831.0Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson99710Getting worse
Drugs1.30.911.22.5Getting worse
Other Crime1.40.911.61.8Getting worse
Other Theft54.34.73.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.580.501.21.2Getting worse
Public Order4.7676Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.420.750.42Safer
Shoplifting2. worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.500.670.670.50Safer
Vehicle Crime3.73.764.5Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences22232928Getting worse

Changes In Southwick's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Southwick to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.713.0% more dangerous
Coventry77.4115% more dangerous
Croydon83.2221% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8123% more dangerous
Bristol86.2124% more dangerous
Leicester97.4433% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8736% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2839% more dangerous
Bradford133.0251% more dangerous
Leeds137.1052% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+64%+131%+192%+35%-5%+28%+114%-8%+113%-56%
Bicycle Theft---33%--+100%+100%---
Criminal Damage and Arson+75%-56%-57%-43%-8%+400%+40%+71%+580%-22%
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%
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 second 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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021