Kendal Crime Overview

Kendal is the safest medium-sized town in Cumbria, and the the 28th most dangerous overall out of Cumbria's 283 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Kendal in 2020 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Cumbria's overall crime rate, coming in 3.6% higher than Cumbria's rate of 60 per 1,000 residents. For England and Wales as a whole, Kendal ranks as the the 41st safest medium-sized town, and the the 1,544th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Kendal had the worst crime rate in Cumbria for bicycle theft, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2020 was also a bad month for Kendal residents, when it was Cumbria's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 26 crimes at a rate of 0.88 per 1,000 residents. Kendal recorded 2 reports of theft from the person during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for theft from the person in Cumbria that month.

The most common crimes in Kendal are violence and sexual offences, with 845 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 18% lower than 2019's figure of 994 offences and a difference of 5.02 from 2019's crime rate of 34. Kendal's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 17% from 2019's figure of 7 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Kendal This Year

 KendalCumbria 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour59520.059,20317.8711% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft230.782080.4049% more dangerous
Burglary1354.551,5422.9934% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson2297.724,4308.6011% safer
Drugs662.229591.8616% more dangerous
Other Crime351.186291.223.4% safer
Other Theft1214.082,0614.002.0% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons250.842410.4744% more dangerous
Public Order1956.573,9097.5916% safer
Robbery60.201050.200% safer
Shoplifting983.301,4722.8613% more dangerous
Theft From the Person70.24780.1538% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime772.607401.4445% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences84528.4814,78828.710.81% safer

Kendal Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownsTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal1,86262.75-
Workington2,815108.7542% more dangerous

Kendal Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22191520Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.841.11.20.78Safer
Burglary2.02.94.94.6Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson10998Safer
Drugs1.72.72.12.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.841.61.31.2Safer
Other Theft4.34.664.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.540.570.84Getting worse
Public Order3.3667Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.270.270.240.20Safer
Shoplifting7683.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.540.340.610.24Safer
Vehicle Crime1.72.42.82.6Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences18273428Getting worse

Comparing Kendal to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Kendal62.75-
Coventry71.5012% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9915% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2315% more dangerous
Croydon77.1819% more dangerous
Bradford79.1921% more dangerous
London80.7022% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0230% more dangerous
Bristol91.5731% more dangerous
Leeds91.9032% more dangerous
Leicester102.5139% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9441% more dangerous

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. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Kendal's lockdown.

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

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Mar 2021