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Crime and Safety in Bearsted

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Bearsted is the third safest small town in Kent, and is the 57th safest overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bearsted in 2021 was 30 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 191% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bearsted is the 110th safest small town, and the 4,573rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2017, Bearsted was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for robbery, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Bearsted are violence and sexual offences, with 99 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 5% higher than 2020's figure of 94 offences and a difference of 0.60 from 2020's crime rate of 11. Bearsted's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 3 crimes.

Bearsted 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Small Towns, Kent

140% lower, regional crime rate

South East

143% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bearsted is 140% lower than the South East and 143% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bearsted Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Bearsted 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 Bearsted

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202130251
202029239
201932265
201835296
201728232
201622183

Crime in Bearsted Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Bearsted This Year

 BearstedKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour597.0537,00419.89 182% safer
Bicycle Theft10.129640.52 333% safer
Burglary50.605,9703.21 435% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson333.9419,28110.36 163% safer
Drugs50.604,0152.16 260% safer
Other Crime91.085,3902.90 169% safer
Other Theft354.1811,0375.93 42% safer
Possession of Weapons10.121,2200.66 450% safer
Public Order323.8213,7447.39 93% safer
Robbery20.241,0640.57 138% safer
Shoplifting141.678,8494.76 185% safer
Vehicle Crime151.797,9234.26 138% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9911.8382,36844.27 274% safer

Bearsted Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Birchington50.496020% safer
Herne and Broomfield151.551835% safer
Bearsted25129.99-
Kings Hill34837.6120% more dangerous
Kingsnorth57345.5534% more dangerous
Walmer47758.3649% more dangerous
Boxley56158.6949% more dangerous
Southborough77362.6852% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bearsted

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Recent Crimes in Bearsted

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022RobberyOn or near Spot LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mynn CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022RobberyOn or near Spot LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Otteridge RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Spot LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Lilk HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Mynn CrescentFurther investigation is not in the public interest
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampson WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cross KeysInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Upper ChimesInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Other theftOn or near Fauchon'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Tower GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other theftOn or near Forge LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manor RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Public orderOn or near Hog HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hampson WayUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cross KeysUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Manor RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
February 2022Other crimeOn or near Fauchon'S CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fullers CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bearsted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour3.03.487 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.240.240.360.12 Safer
Burglary2.93.21.80.60 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3.84.753.9 Safer
Drugs0.240.240.600.60 Getting worse
Other Crime0.840.720.841.1 Getting worse
Other Theft4.33.72.94.2 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons--0.240.12No change
Public Order2.42.42.63.8 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.12-0.24No change
Shoplifting1.42.40.721.7 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.92.31.91.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15121112 Safer

Changes In Bearsted's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bearsted to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted29.99-
Coventry39.9325% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6040% more dangerous
Barnet67.0855% more dangerous
Croydon82.4864% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0367% more dangerous
Bristol90.5267% more dangerous
Leicester111.5973% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0676% more dangerous
Bradford132.2877% more dangerous
Leeds150.9480% more dangerous

Crime in Bearsted During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bearsted change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Bearsted saw a 650% increase in anti-social behaviour. Bearsted saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during August, when it fell by 86% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-75%+650%+650%+167%+100%-+67%+100%--
Burglary-------+100%--67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%+14%-33%+100%-25%-86%+75%--86%+400%
Other Crime-------+100%--
Other Theft-50%------75%+75%+25%-
Public Order-50%----+100%-+200%--67%
Shoplifting--------+100%-
Vehicle Crime+50%----83%+200%--50%+300%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+50%+50%-20%+86%-81%+56%-11%+67%-33%-45%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bearsted

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

How dangerous is Bearsted?
Bearsted is the third safest small town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Bearsted?
Bearsted's least common crime is bicycle theft.

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