Worthing Crime Overview

Worthing is the safest major town in West Sussex, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of West Sussex's 161 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Worthing in 2020 was 71 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 59 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Worthing is the 40th safest major town, and the 1,358th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Worthing had the worst crime rate in West Sussex for bicycle theft, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.26 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Worthing residents, when it was West Sussex's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 29 crimes at a rate of 0.25 per 1,000 residents. Worthing recorded 78 reports of criminal damage and arson during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.68 the worst for criminal damage and arson in West Sussex that month.

The most common crimes in Worthing are violence and sexual offences, with 3,223 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 3,628 offences and a difference of 3.52 from 2019's crime rate of 32. Worthing's least common crime is theft from the person, with 54 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 46% from 2019's figure of 79 crimes.

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Crime in Worthing Compared To West Sussex

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Summary of Crimes in Worthing This Year

 WorthingWest Sussex 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,73923.7820,27623.491.2% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft2432.111,0351.2043% more dangerous
Burglary3282.852,6203.047% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8297.205,8086.737% more dangerous
Drugs4914.262,3562.7336% more dangerous
Other Crime1621.411,2361.431.4% safer
Other Theft4914.263,7344.331.6% safer
Possession of Weapons1591.387560.8836% more dangerous
Public Order9017.825,3926.2520% more dangerous
Robbery800.693850.4535% more dangerous
Shoplifting6865.963,3513.8835% more dangerous
Theft From the Person540.473520.4113% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5524.793,1373.6324% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,22327.9820,38423.6116% more dangerous

Worthing Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Crawley9,76287.0118% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Worthing

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Worthing Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour24211924Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.
Criminal Damage and Arson99107Safer
Drugs2. worse
Other Crime1. worse
Other Theft6664.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.831.01.31.4Getting worse
Public Order6788Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.680.630.840.69Safer
Shoplifting6556Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.790.780.690.47Safer
Vehicle Crime2.73.654.8Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences24263228Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.715% safer
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2834% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Worthing's Neighbourhoods

Worthing Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Worthing, followed by Heene in second place, and Broadwater South 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 East43053Eighth
Broadwater South78084Third
Durrington North53266Sixth
Durrington South50054Seventh
East Worthing53667Fifth
High Salvington & Findon Valley2643512th
West Worthing43052Ninth
Worthing Central2,029197First

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 BehaviourSalvington (70)Worthing Central (729)
Bicycle TheftHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (1)Worthing Central (71)
BurglaryDurrington North (7)Worthing Central (84)
Criminal Damage and ArsonGoring-by-Sea (33)Worthing Central (172)
DrugsDurrington South (17)Worthing Central (120)
Other CrimeGoring-by-Sea (5)Worthing Central (32)
Other TheftHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (12)Worthing Central (141)
Possession of WeaponsHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (3)Worthing Central (38)
Public OrderWest Worthing (29)Worthing Central (305)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Goring-by-Sea (1)Worthing Central (20)
ShopliftingHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (2)Worthing Central (224)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Northbrook (1)Worthing Central (42)
Vehicle CrimeDurrington North (22)West Worthing (80)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHigh Salvington & Findon Valley (108)Worthing Central (738)

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 83% compared to October in 2019. Violence and Sexual Offences saw a fall in every month of Worthing's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+6%+93%+56%+33%+12%+32%+8%+6%+2%-30%
Bicycle Theft-63%-55%-62%-4%+35%+11%-7%+5%+54%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-49%-47%-16%-22%-18%+16%-56%-31%+3%
Other Crime+7%+13%-15%+45%+11%+40%+10%-50%+14%+30%
Other Theft-33%-58%-60%-52%-12%-7%-21%-22%-32%-33%
Possession of Weapons-54%+8%+71%+214%+19%+22%-7%-36%-22%-17%
Public Order-15%-16%+1%-31%+1%+29%-+47%+5%-8%
Theft From the Person+40%-80%-80%-75%-71%-40%+20%+38%-70%-71%
Vehicle Crime-16%+26%+61%+36%-+15%-15%-67%+60%-30%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-27%-12%-13%-24%-7%--22%-24%-13%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021