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Crime and Safety in Worth, West Sussex

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Worth is among the top 5 safest small towns in West Sussex, and is the 63rd safest overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Worth in 2021 was 34 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 75% lower than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Worth is the 137th safest small town, and the 5,452nd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Worth was the worst small town in West Sussex for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.73 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Worth residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous small town for other theft, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 1.0 per 1,000 residents. Worth recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst small town for possession of weapons in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Worth are violence and sexual offences, with 143 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 13. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 128 offences and a difference of 1.37 from 2020's crime rate of 12. Worth's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Worth 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Safest

Small Towns, West Sussex

109% lower, regional crime rate

South East

122% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Worth is 109% lower than the South East and 122% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Worth Crime Rate Over Time

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Worth Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Worth 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 Worth

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202134379
202035383
201938423
201840440
201736393
201629318

Crime in Worth Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Worth This Year

 WorthWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour17916.2818,89721.89 34% safer
Burglary232.091,8792.18 4.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson343.095,8246.75 118% safer
Drugs121.091,8772.17 99% safer
Other Crime121.091,1731.36 25% safer
Other Theft817.374,2424.91 33% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons30.275660.66 144% safer
Public Order454.096,1587.13 74% safer
Robbery10.092910.34 278% safer
Shoplifting10.093,9674.60 5011% safer
Vehicle Crime242.183,4073.95 81% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences14313.0121,36024.74 90% safer

Worth Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hassocks24629.3418% safer
Aldwick36731.619% safer
North Horsham73232.815% safer
Worth37934.48-
Felpham40935.482.8% more dangerous
Rustington58441.5717% more dangerous
Southwater47542.0718% more dangerous
Angmering35342.3119% more dangerous
Sompting41446.7126% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Worth

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Recent Crimes in Worth

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sunnyhill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Lake View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Beechey CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near BridgelandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cottage PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Copthorne WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near The GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cottage PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cottage PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cottage PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Forest CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Wallage LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Beechey WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Knowle CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A264Unable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near WestwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Copthorne BankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Worth Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour9101616 Getting worse
Burglary4.42.61.42.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson674.13.1 Safer
Drugs0.821.03.01.1 Getting worse
Other Crime0.360.821.11.1 Getting worse
Other Theft84.667 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.270.910.640.27 Safer
Public Order3.03.82.74.1 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.27-0.090.09 Safer
Shoplifting0.550.820.360.09 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.04.63.62.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences13121213 Getting worse

Changes In Worth's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Worth's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Haven Sports Field63--223.9

Comparing Worth to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Worth34.48-
Barnet67.0849% more dangerous
Croydon82.4858% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0562% more dangerous
Bristol90.5262% more dangerous
Coventry102.2466% more dangerous
Leicester111.5969% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0672% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6473% more dangerous
Bradford132.2874% more dangerous
Leeds150.9477% more dangerous

Crime in Worth's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Copthorne & Turners Hill27943First
Crawley Down17227Second

Crime in Worth During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Worth change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Worth saw a 700% increase in vehicle crime. Worth saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during November, when it fell by 86% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+125%+167%--+44%+57%-+167%+100%
Burglary--50%-----67%+67%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-63%--50%+100%+20%-67%+100%-79%-86%-
Drugs-+300%-60%-+100%+33%----
Other Crime--50%--------
Other Theft+71%-+25%+33%-+50%-17%+50%+40%+100%
Possession of Weapons---+100%------
Public Order----50%-17%-75%-80%-50%+33%-50%
Shoplifting-----+50%----
Vehicle Crime-40%-83%+700%--71%-75%+67%-33%-83%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-15%+8%-31%+45%+88%-+160%--33%-74%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Worth

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

How dangerous is Worth?
Worth is among the top 5 safest small town in West Sussex.

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

What is the least common crime in Worth?
Worth's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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