Ashford Crime Overview

Ashford is the third safest major town in Kent, and is the 43rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Ashford in 2020 was 90 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 5% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Ashford is the 46th most dangerous major town, and the 709th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Ashford had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 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 82 reports of shoplifting during February 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for shoplifting in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Ashford are violence and sexual offences, with 3,205 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 2.6% lower than 2019's figure of 3,288 offences and a difference of 1.11 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Ashford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 42 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 69% from 2019's figure of 71 crimes.

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Crime in Ashford Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Ashford This Year

 AshfordKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,09627.8548,31625.977% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft891.181,1650.6347% more dangerous
Burglary2663.537,0893.818% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson76410.1518,62210.011.4% more dangerous
Drugs2252.994,2172.2724% more dangerous
Other Crime2002.665,1152.753.4% safer
Other Theft4135.4910,9545.897% safer
Possession of Weapons680.901,3510.7319% more dangerous
Public Order5917.8513,1587.0710% more dangerous
Robbery610.811,3090.7014% more dangerous
Shoplifting5236.959,2254.9629% more dangerous
Theft From the Person420.568340.4520% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3034.039,0874.8821% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,20542.5876,37441.053.6% more dangerous

Ashford Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells4,10867.5033% safer
Maidstone10,44987.142.9% safer
Ashford6,75089.69-
Gillingham11,203103.1713% more dangerous
Rochester6,935104.2814% more dangerous
Chatham8,964110.9119% more dangerous
Margate8,491129.2431% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Ashford

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Recent Crimes in Ashford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Pedestrian SubwayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021DrugsOn or near Victoria CrescentOffender given a drugs possession warning
August 2021Other theftOn or near Cedar CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cedar CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crofton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Aylesford PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Sherwood CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yeoman GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yeoman GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Yeoman GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near RiverviewUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cleves WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near St Anne'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HillcrestUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near The LimesUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The LimesAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Other theftOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Norman RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Stanhope RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Pemberton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Ashford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18161728Getting worse
Bicycle Theft3.22.52.21.2Safer
Burglary7753.5Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13121210Safer
Drugs1.01.31.63.0Getting worse
Other Crime2.62.53.22.7Safer
Other Theft8995Safer
Possession of Weapons0.370.520.730.90Getting worse
Public Order712108Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.900.941.60.81Safer
Shoplifting912107Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.680.520.940.56Safer
Vehicle Crime4.2574.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38434443Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Ashford to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7132% safer
Coventry77.4116% safer
Croydon83.228% safer
Sheffield85.814.5% safer
Bristol86.214.0% safer
Ashford89.69-
Leicester97.448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8713% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2816% more dangerous
Bradford133.0233% more dangerous
Leeds137.1035% more dangerous

Crime in Ashford's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Ashford Central2,285193First
Highfield & Willesborough84794Second
Kennington & Little Burton Farm34351Third

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 April, when Ashford saw a 300% increase in possession of weapons. Ashford saw a large fall in robbery during November, when it fell by 87% compared to November 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, robbery, shoplifting, and vehicle crime.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+43%+230%+156%+96%+98%+33%+18%+1%+56%+38%
Bicycle Theft-74%-77%-30%-60%-63%-58%-40%+29%-36%-75%
Burglary-61%+40%-52%-26%-38%-45%-72%+8%-37%-23%
Criminal Damage and Arson-43%-25%-49%-27%+23%+33%-10%+33%+13%-54%
Drugs+100%+58%+73%+157%+30%+40%-27%+125%+222%+43%
Other Crime-31%-57%-60%-44%-43%--21%+69%+69%-43%
Other Theft-32%-49%-43%-44%-49%-30%-47%-11%-51%-38%
Possession of Weapons-17%+300%+200%+133%-33%+67%+33%--25%-70%
Public Order-44%-23%-39%-24%-47%+7%-8%+3%-8%-13%
Robbery-42%-50%-65%+25%-20%-60%-33%-73%-87%-58%
Shoplifting-24%-71%-55%-33%-2%+13%-34%-34%-56%-72%
Theft From the Person-78%-86%-50%-75%---33%-60%-50%-57%
Vehicle Crime-75%-68%-51%-49%-65%-38%-69%-8%-53%+8%
Violence and Sexual Offences+7%-32%-20%-18%-1%+31%+25%-14%+21%-8%

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 third 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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021