Community Safety Survey

What is the process behind the survey and what does it do?

Every two years since 2012, we have trained University of Portsmouth students to carry out a face to face survey with approximately 1,000 residents to seek their views and their experience of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city. It is an important source of information as it is collected directly from residents and does not rely on crimes or incidents having to be reported to the police or any other agency.

The survey contributes to the picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and helps to inform the priorities and the multi-agency planning processes used to address them. 

2024 Community Safety Survey

We will start fieldwork for the 2024 survey on Wednesday 7th February. We will have sessions across Portsmouth for about five weeks and would love to hear from you. If you would like to take part, you can find us:

Week 4: 26th Feb to 2nd March
Mon 26th Feb, 13.00-16.00, Cosham High Street
Tues 27th Feb, 9.30-12.30, Ocean Retail Park
Weds 28th Feb, 9.30-12.30, Commercial Road
Weds 28th Feb, 13.00-16.00, Drayton Coop, Havant Road
Thurs 29th Feb, 9.30-12.30, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Rd
Thurs 29th Feb, 13.00-16.00, Guildhall Square
Fri 1st Mar, 13.00-16.00, Commercial Road
Sat 2nd Mar, 10.00-13.00, Palmerston Road

Week 5: 4th to 8th March
Mon 4th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Northend, near to the library
Mon 4th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Commercial Road
Tues, 5th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Bransbury Park / Eastney Rd, Milton
Wed 6th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Fratton, in and near the Bridge Centre
Thurs 7th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Guildhall area and nearby
Fri 8th Mar, 9.30-12.30 Baffins, near the library/park

Here is information about how your responses will be used: Privacy notice

If you are not able to attend any sessions, but would like to participate in the survey, please email and leave your name, phone number and times when you are available.

Fieldwork will finish by 15th March.

2022 Community Safety Survey

Key Findings:

The overall level of people reporting crime (including online crime) to the survey has remained fairly stable since 2014.

The most common crimes reported to the survey were:

  • Threats/intimidation (reported by 7.2% of participants)
  • Phishing resulting in money or data being stolen (reported by 4.9% of participants)
  • Online fraud (reported by 4.8% of participants)

58% of crimes were reported, mostly to the police. However, most cybercrime was reported to banks or the relevant company/website.

There has been an increase in the proportion of participants who think knife crime is a problem in Portsmouth since 2020, but the proportion witnessing or experiencing knife crime was similar.

Levels of anti-social behaviour reported to the survey have remained fairly stable since 2014. The most commonly reported types were:

  • People hanging around (19%)
  • People using/supplying drugs (18%)
  • Noise in the street (15%)
One of our fieldworkers interviewing a resident during our 2020 survey










Here is the report and executive summary for the Community Safety Survey 2022:

Executive Summary for the Community Safety Survey 2022

Community Safety Survey 2022 – full report

If you would like to read or download the previous surveys please see the survey archive below.

Survey archive 

2020 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2020 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2020

2018 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2018 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2018

Click here to download the Community Safety Survey Infographic

2016 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2016 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2016 report

2014 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2014 survey here: Community Safety Survey Report 2014