Crime in Southampton can fluctuate from year to year, however as the nights grow longer and Christmas draws nearer, crime has been on the rise at this time of year.

Violent and sexual crimes, in particular, have skyrocketed by around 700% in the last couple of months, in comparison with the amount of this particular crime that was committed over the summer months.

The latest figures suggest that the annual crime rate in Southampton is over 32 crimes per 1000 people.

This brings Southampton’s crime rate to just above the national average, by 1%. Although it is often believed that civilians are most affected, there has been an increasing need for extra security measures at businesses as they continue to be targeted by criminals.

Both small businesses and large businesses have felt the effects of crime this year, and as Christmas draws closer, they have been reporting an increase in the number of thefts and robberies than earlier in the year.

Violent crime has increased by nearly 7% since last year, and in Southampton it makes up about 35% of all the crime that is committed. Although as a whole, the postcode of Southampton experiences crime 1% above the average national rate, there are a number of areas which have been experiencing double the rate of crime than the rest of the country.

These worst affected areas are:

  • Freemantle
  • Maybush
  • Woolston
  • Thornhill
  • Sholing
  • Bevois
  • Portswood

With cuts to police and an increasing population, Southampton is one of many UK cities experiencing higher rates of crime than in the past. It is not uncommon for businesses to start looking into taking extra security measures that they may not have considered beforehand. If you are interested in the security that our company could provide in Southampton, our services, or our other news articles, please follow the links below.