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Crime and Safety in Kendal

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Kendal is the safest medium-sized town in Cumbria, and is the 56th most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 279 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kendal in 2021 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Cumbria rate of 69 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Kendal is the 44th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,783rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Kendal had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Kendal residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Kendal recorded 26 reports of burglary during February 2020, making its crime rate of 0.88 the worst for burglary in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Kendal are violence and sexual offences, with 810 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 10% lower than 2020's figure of 894 offences and a difference of 2.83 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Kendal's least common crime is theft from the person, with 7 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 29% from 2020's figure of 9 crimes.

Kendal 2022 Crime Scorecard

Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Cumbria

8% higher, regional crime rate

North West

38% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Kendal is 8% higher than the North West and 38% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Kendal Crime Rate Over Time

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Kendal Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Kendal represent the time frame between July 2019 and June 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 04 Aug, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Kendal

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021561,647
2020671,977
2019762,257
2018641,911
2017511,509
2016501,494

Crime in Kendal Compared To Cumbria

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Summary of Crimes in Kendal This Year

 KendalCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour43314.598,16916.34 12% safer
Bicycle Theft210.711930.39 45% more dangerous
Burglary672.261,3792.76 22% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2347.894,6519.30 18% safer
Drugs541.821,0332.07 14% safer
Other Crime270.916401.28 41% safer
Other Theft933.132,3774.75 52% safer
Possession of Weapons80.272320.46 70% safer
Public Order1796.034,3328.66 44% safer
Robbery90.301460.29 3.3% more dangerous
Shoplifting1073.611,6153.23 11% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.24920.18 25% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime311.047291.46 40% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences81027.3016,89333.79 24% safer

Kendal Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,64755.51-
Barrow-in-Furness5,45198.6444% more dangerous
Workington3,278126.6356% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Kendal

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Recent Crimes in Kendal

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
June 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Edgecombe CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near GallowbarrowUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Other theftOn or near Maude StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mayfield RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Hallgarth CircleUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Allhallows LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Town ViewLocal resolution
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaLocal resolution
June 2022Public orderOn or near Peppercorn LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Caroline StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near KirklandInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Allhallows LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022BurglaryOn or near Garden RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Maude StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2022ShopliftingOn or near Library RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Kendal Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19152215 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.11.20.780.71 Safer
Burglary2.94.94.72.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9988 Safer
Drugs2.72.12.41.8 Safer
Other Crime1.61.31.20.91 Safer
Other Theft4.664.23.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.570.940.27 Safer
Public Order6676 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.240.200.30 Getting worse
Shoplifting683.53.6 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.610.300.24 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.42.82.71.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences27343027 Getting worse

Changes In Kendal's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Kendal's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abbot Hall Recreation Ground101517218

Comparing Kendal to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal55.51-
Barnet67.0817% more dangerous
Croydon82.4833% more dangerous
Sheffield91.1039% more dangerous
Bristol93.7741% more dangerous
Coventry102.3746% more dangerous
Leicester111.7550% more dangerous
Liverpool127.9057% more dangerous
Birmingham137.1760% more dangerous
Bradford145.6062% more dangerous
Leeds153.0664% more dangerous

Crime in Kendal's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Kendal South27632Second
Kendal Town & Greenside76591First

Crime in Kendal During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Kendal change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Kendal saw a 800% increase in drugs. Kendal saw a large fall in vehicle crime during November, when it fell by 90% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%+93%+196%+165%+20%+11%+2%+30%+90%+2%
Bicycle Theft-33%--+50%--50%-17%-80%--
Burglary+36%-77%-31%-11%+50%-53%-8%+33%-80%-62%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-24%-10%+133%+63%+26%-53%-23%-61%-27%
Drugs-+33%+800%+67%+50%-78%-75%+150%-33%-
Other Crime-25%-75%+300%-+50%+200%-67%+150%+75%-
Other Theft-39%-61%-33%+56%-10%-19%-8%-50%-63%+33%
Possession of Weapons+100%--+33%-+300%-50%+200%-+200%
Public Order+50%+144%-29%+40%-36%+86%-48%+67%-11%+150%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-79%-81%-11%-25%-72%-43%-45%-34%-69%-56%
Theft From the Person---50%-----67%+100%+100%
Vehicle Crime+200%-57%+200%-40%-42%-67%-33%-40%-90%-25%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-40%+13%-33%+6%-27%+9%-7%-39%-35%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Kendal

What police force serves Kendal?
Kendal's local territorial police force is the Cumbria Constabulary.

How dangerous is Kendal?
Kendal is the safest medium-sized town in Cumbria.

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

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

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