Bearsted Crime Overview

Bearsted is the safest small town in Kent, and is the third safest overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bearsted in 2020 was 11 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 659% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bearsted is among the top 10 safest small towns, and the 1,092nd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2015, Bearsted was the worst small town in Kent for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.36 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2015 was also a bad month for Bearsted residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.12 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bearsted are violence and sexual offences, with 34 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 4.1. This is 47% lower than 2019's figure of 50 offences and a difference of 1.91 from 2019's crime rate of 6. Bearsted's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Summary of Crimes in Bearsted This Year

 BearstedKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour455.3848,31625.97383% safer
Bicycle Theft10.121,1650.63425% safer
Burglary60.727,0893.81429% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson151.7918,62210.01459% safer
Drugs20.244,2172.27846% safer
Other Crime60.725,1152.75282% safer
Other Theft70.8410,9545.89601% safer
Public Order101.1913,1587.07494% safer
Shoplifting40.489,2254.96933% safer
Vehicle Crime91.089,0874.88352% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences344.0676,37441.05911% safer

Crime in Bearsted Compared To Kent

Bearsted Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted9411.23-
Herne and Broomfield15215.7229% more dangerous
Birchington21921.3547% more dangerous
Kingsnorth38130.2963% more dangerous
Kings Hill34537.2970% more dangerous
Boxley37238.9271% more dangerous

Bearsted Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour2.31.11.95Getting worse
Burglary2.51.91.90.72Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1.71.11.61.8Getting worse
Drugs0.240.120.120.24Getting worse
Other Crime0.480.600.240.72Getting worse
Other Theft1.11.72.20.84Safer
Public Order0.600.841.41.2Getting worse
Shoplifting1.11.42.20.48Safer
Vehicle Crime1.12.20.721.1Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3.7964.1Safer

Changes In Bearsted's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Bearsted to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted11.23-
Barnet67.7183% more dangerous
Coventry77.4185% more dangerous
Croydon83.2287% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8187% more dangerous
Bristol86.2187% more dangerous
Leicester97.4488% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8789% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2890% more dangerous
Bradford133.0292% more dangerous
Leeds137.1092% 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 August, when Bearsted saw a 200% increase in violence and sexual offences. Bearsted saw a large fall in violence and sexual offences during July, when it fell by 88% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-67%--+150%+50%+67%+100%-50%--
Burglary--------50%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%--+100%-67%-----
Other Crime-------+100%--
Other Theft-50%--------33%-
Public Order------+50%+100%--
Shoplifting----------50%
Vehicle Crime+100%---------
Violence and Sexual Offences-20%-50%-50%+150%-88%+200%-20%-25%-67%-60%

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 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.

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021