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Crime and Safety in Worthing

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Worthing is the safest major town in West Sussex, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Worthing in 2021 was 73 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to West Sussex's overall crime rate, coming in 18% higher than the West Sussex rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Worthing is the 33rd safest major town, and the 1,393rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2021, Worthing had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 18 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.16 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Worthing residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 25 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Worthing recorded 75 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.65 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Worthing are violence and sexual offences, with 3,333 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 4.4% higher than 2020's figure of 3,187 offences and a difference of 1.26 from 2020's crime rate of 28. Worthing's least common crime is theft from the person, with 44 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 23% from 2020's figure of 54 crimes.

Worthing 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Major Towns, West Sussex

1.8% higher, regional crime rate

South East

4.4% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Worthing is 1.8% higher than the South East and 4.4% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Worthing Crime Rate Over Time

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Worthing Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Worthing 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 Worthing

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021738,435
2020708,119
2019799,064
2018708,019
2017657,494
2016586,657

Crime in Worthing Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Worthing This Year

 WorthingWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,54222.0718,89721.89 0.82% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1721.498801.02 32% more dangerous
Burglary2372.061,8792.18 6% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9388.145,8246.75 17% more dangerous
Drugs3362.921,8772.17 26% more dangerous
Other Crime1511.311,1731.36 3.8% safer
Other Theft5775.014,2424.91 2.0% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons1140.995660.66 33% more dangerous
Public Order1,0389.016,1587.13 21% more dangerous
Robbery540.472910.34 28% more dangerous
Shoplifting9748.463,9674.60 46% more dangerous
Theft From the Person440.383250.380% safer
Vehicle Crime4674.053,4073.95 2.5% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,33328.9321,36024.74 14% more dangerous

Worthing Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Worthing8,43573.23-
Crawley10,38592.5621% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Worthing

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Recent Crimes in Worthing

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leeward RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rowlands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Brook CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shakespeare RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Cranleigh RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chatsmore CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mill RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Thalassa RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Alexandra RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cross StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Northfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Richmond RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fairlawn DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marine PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Mendip RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pedestrian SubwayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Worthing Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21192322 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.42.52.11.5 Safer
Burglary4.84.42.82.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9978 Safer
Drugs2.73.64.22.9 Getting worse
Other Crime1.21.31.41.3 Getting worse
Other Theft664.25 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.31.40.99 Safer
Public Order6789 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.600.840.690.47 Safer
Shoplifting5568 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.780.690.470.38 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.55.04.74.0 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences26312829 Getting worse

Changes In Worthing's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Worthing's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Beach House Park331-865
Durrington Recreation Ground2---101.2
Goring Recreation Ground1---201.4
Hill Barn Recreation Ground11611322.5
Homefield Park1032-525
Pond Lane Recreation Ground3-1-131.8

Comparing Worthing to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.089% safer
Worthing73.23-
Croydon82.4811% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0519% more dangerous
Bristol90.5219% more dangerous
Coventry102.2428% more dangerous
Leicester111.5934% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0640% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6444% more dangerous
Bradford132.2845% more dangerous
Leeds150.9451% more dangerous

Crime in Worthing's Neighbourhoods

Worthing Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Worthing, followed by Heene in second place, and Durrington North as the third most dangerous area. Worthing's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Goring-by-Sea, High Salvington & Findon Valley, and Salvington.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Broadwater East39749Ninth
Broadwater South77183Fifth
Durrington North69285Third
Durrington South66772Sixth
East Worthing54768Seventh
Goring-by-Sea32941Tenth
Heene80892Second
High Salvington & Findon Valley2393112th
Northbrook79385Fourth
Salvington3224011th
West Worthing42751Eighth
Worthing Central2,085203First

Worthing Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Worthing for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (97)Worthing Central (600)
Bicycle TheftDurrington North (2)Worthing Central (70)
BurglaryHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (4)Worthing Central (56)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (32)Worthing Central (191)
DrugsGoring-by-Sea (7)Worthing Central (82)
Other CrimeGoring-by-Sea (6)Worthing Central (32)
Other TheftWest Worthing (21)Worthing Central (166)
Possession of WeaponsWest Worthing (1)Worthing Central (26)
Public OrderSalvington (27)Worthing Central (318)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Durrington South (1)Worthing Central (17)
ShopliftingHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (2)Worthing Central (252)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Northbrook (1)Worthing Central (23)
Vehicle CrimeDurrington North (23)West Worthing (62)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (105)Worthing Central (807)

Crime in Worthing During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Worthing change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Worthing saw a 214% increase in possession of weapons. Worthing saw a large fall in robbery during October, when it fell by 92% compared to October in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Worthing's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+91%+59%+34%+12%+32%+6%+6%+2%-30%
Bicycle Theft-63%-55%-68%-+35%+11%-7%+5%+54%-33%
Burglary-18%-45%-72%-64%-55%-6%-22%-58%-19%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson-9%-49%-48%-15%-23%-19%+18%-56%-29%+3%
Drugs-7%+69%+14%+100%+9%-37%--35%+26%+153%
Other Crime+7%+13%-23%+45%+11%+40%+10%-50%+14%+30%
Other Theft-32%-58%-59%-52%-9%-8%-21%-22%-34%-33%
Possession of Weapons-54%+17%+57%+214%+27%+22%-7%-36%-26%-17%
Public Order-12%-17%+3%-34%+3%+31%-+52%+7%-6%
Robbery-44%-20%+120%--14%-36%-30%-92%+33%+60%
Shoplifting-10%-13%-3%-26%-9%+11%+58%+12%+12%+13%
Theft From the Person+40%-80%-80%-75%-71%-40%+20%+38%-70%-71%
Vehicle Crime-16%+30%+61%+39%+3%+15%-15%-67%+45%-30%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-27%-16%-13%-25%-7%+1%-20%-25%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Worthing

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

How dangerous is Worthing?
Worthing is the safest major town in West Sussex.

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

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

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