Crawley has a population of around 100,000, with 40,000 homes and over 70,000 jobs. 30,000 people commute here to work every day, and thousands visit Crawley for its great leisure facilities & shopping all year round.
It is easy to over estimate the level of crime, and your chance of becoming a victim, but the reality is that Crawley is relatively safe.
In 2011/12 there were 9,659 recorded crimes in Crawley and at Gatwick. In an average week there were:
Crime patterns and fear of crime varies across Crawley and impact differently. Much crime goes unreported, particularly that related to minor physical violence.
The economic and social cost of crime is high and vulnerability to crime varies for different people and in different places.
Much crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour is drug and alcohol related. Antisocial behaviour is a source of much public anxiety and concern. The fear of crime is generally disproportionate to the incidents of crime.
To find out crime levels in your neighbourhood visit www.police.uk . Simply enter your postcode, town, village or street in the search box and click 'search'. You will be able to see crime levels for burglary, anti-social behaviour, robbery, vehicle crime and violent crime.
To find out the latest from the Police District Commander from Crawley, Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, go to the Sussex Police website .
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