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Crime and Safety in Ashford, Kent

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Ashford is the second safest major town in Kent, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashford in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 4.0% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashford is the 47th most dangerous major town, and the 744th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Ashford had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 13 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.17 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2021 was also a bad month for Ashford residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 39 crimes at a rate of 0.52 per 1,000 residents. Ashford recorded 91 reports of shoplifting during November 2021, making its crime rate of 1.2 the worst for shoplifting in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Ashford are violence and sexual offences, with 3,206 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 2,916 offences and a difference of 3.86 from 2020's crime rate of 39. Ashford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 38 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 2.6% from 2020's figure of 39 crimes.

Ashford 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Major Towns, Kent

21% higher, regional crime rate

South East

20% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Ashford is 21% higher than the South East and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Ashford Crime Rate Over Time

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Ashford Crime Map

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

Last updated: 11 May, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Ashford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021916,850
2020846,310
20191017,603
20181037,787
2017906,801
2016594,463

Crime in Ashford Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Ashford This Year

 AshfordKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,79823.8937,00419.89 17% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft1061.419640.52 63% more dangerous
Burglary2182.905,9703.21 11% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson80510.7019,28110.36 3.2% more dangerous
Drugs1802.394,0152.16 10% more dangerous
Other Crime1712.275,3902.90 28% safer
Other Theft5437.2111,0375.93 18% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons590.781,2200.66 15% more dangerous
Public Order6048.0313,7447.39 8% more dangerous
Robbery530.701,0640.57 19% more dangerous
Shoplifting6318.388,8494.76 43% more dangerous
Theft From the Person380.507940.43 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2363.147,9234.26 36% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,20642.6082,36844.27 3.9% safer

Ashford Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.0149% safer
Ashford6,85091.02-
Maidstone10,94791.300.31% more dangerous
Rochester6,747101.4510% more dangerous
Gillingham11,987110.3918% more dangerous
Chatham9,392116.2122% more dangerous
Margate8,388127.6829% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ashford

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Recent Crimes in Ashford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near Windmill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near KenbrookAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Dover PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arcon RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Surtees CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Steddy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Goat Lees LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Loudon WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beaver LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Barnett FieldUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Gorse MeadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bushy RoydsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cuckoo LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near HackfieldUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Simon'S AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Stephen'S WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Barnabas CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near New Town GreenAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Austin RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ashford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour14152624 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft2.52.21.21.4 Safer
Burglary653.42.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1111911 Safer
Drugs1.31.63.02.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.42.92.42.3 Safer
Other Theft9857 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.480.700.900.78 Getting worse
Public Order121088 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.931.60.770.70 Safer
Shoplifting121078 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.520.920.520.50 Safer
Vehicle Crime573.83.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40413943 Getting worse

Changes In Ashford's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Ashford's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
South Ashford Baptist Church3----241

Comparing Ashford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93128% safer
Birmingham49.6084% safer
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4810% safer
Sheffield90.031.1% safer
Bristol90.520.55% safer
Ashford91.02-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Ashford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashford Central2,631222First
Highfield & Willesborough957106Second
Kennington & Little Burton Farm30145Third

Crime in Ashford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Ashford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Ashford saw a 500% increase in possession of weapons. Ashford saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019. Ashford saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including bicycle theft, burglary, robbery, shoplifting, and theft from the person.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+46%+201%+144%+101%+112%+45%+22%+1%+47%+39%
Bicycle Theft-72%-77%-30%-60%-61%-58%-47%+14%-36%-88%
Burglary-61%+61%-50%-34%-32%-45%-76%-5%-31%-19%
Criminal Damage and Arson-47%-34%-48%-30%+16%+37%-2%+30%+8%-58%
Drugs+130%+58%+73%+157%+20%+40%-27%+125%+233%+43%
Other Crime-33%-60%-47%-53%-42%+11%-29%+73%+92%-33%
Other Theft-42%-47%-45%-48%-48%-31%-47%-7%-46%-36%
Possession of Weapons-17%+300%+500%+133%-33%+67%+33%--25%-70%
Public Order-42%-22%-41%-19%-48%+5%-5%--16%-17%
Robbery-42%-50%-65%+25%-20%-67%-33%-73%-86%-58%
Shoplifting-24%-71%-55%-33%-2%+13%-34%-34%-57%-72%
Theft From the Person-78%-86%-50%-67%--50%-33%-60%-75%-57%
Vehicle Crime-72%-70%-46%-53%-63%-46%-69%+12%-51%+23%
Violence and Sexual Offences+4%-33%-22%-23%+2%+27%+23%-19%+18%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Ashford

What police force serves Ashford?
Ashford's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Ashford?
Ashford is the second safest major town in Kent.

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

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

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