Birchington Crime Overview

Birchington is the third safest small town in Kent, and is the 27th safest overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Birchington in 2020 was 21 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 299% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Birchington is the 45th safest small town, and the 2,995th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2015, Birchington was the worst small town in Kent for robbery, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.10 per 1,000 inhabitants.

The most common crimes in Birchington are violence and sexual offences, with 125 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 18% higher than 2019's figure of 102 offences and a difference of 2.25 from 2019's crime rate of 10. Birchington's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Crime in Birchington Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Birchington This Year

 BirchingtonKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour605.8548,31625.97344% safer
Bicycle Theft20.191,1650.63232% safer
Burglary80.787,0893.81388% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson191.8518,62210.01441% safer
Drugs40.394,2172.27482% safer
Other Crime70.685,1152.75304% safer
Other Theft121.1710,9545.89403% safer
Possession of Weapons10.101,3510.73630% safer
Public Order181.7513,1587.07304% safer
Shoplifting80.789,2254.96536% safer
Theft From the Person20.198340.45137% safer
Vehicle Crime131.279,0874.88284% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12512.1976,37441.05237% safer

Birchington Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted9411.2390% safer
Herne and Broomfield15215.7236% safer
Birchington21921.35-
Kingsnorth38130.2930% more dangerous
Kings Hill34537.2943% more dangerous
Boxley37238.9245% more dangerous
Frindsbury Extra31641.9349% more dangerous
Hythe84655.8262% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Birchington

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Recent Crimes in Birchington

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Public orderOn or near Coleman'S Stairs RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ransome WayUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Linington RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Park LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Grenham RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The ParadeUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Arthur RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other theftOn or near Edward DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Paddock RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Newbury CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ingoldsby RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Crescent RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Other crimeOn or near Crescent RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
July 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Quex View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Birchington Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour62.22.46Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.390.190.100.19Safer
Burglary1.51.40.970.78Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1.51.82.31.8No change
Drugs0.100.100.390.39Getting worse
Other Crime0.390.290.290.68Getting worse
Other Theft3.12.01.71.2Safer
Possession of Weapons-0.10-0.10No change
Public Order1.81.61.71.8Getting worse
Shoplifting0.490.680.970.78Getting worse
Vehicle Crime0.971.82.31.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences681012Getting worse

Changes In Birchington's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Birchington to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Birchington21.35-
Barnet67.7168% more dangerous
Coventry77.4172% more dangerous
Croydon83.2274% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8175% more dangerous
Bristol86.2175% more dangerous
Leicester97.4478% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8779% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2880% more dangerous
Bradford133.0284% more dangerous
Leeds137.1084% more dangerous

Crime in Birchington's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birchington40747First

Crime in Birchington During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Birchington change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Birchington saw a 700% increase in anti-social behaviour. Birchington saw a large fall in vehicle crime during June, when it fell by 80% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%-33%+250%-20%+700%+50%-+150%+100%+600%
Burglary----------
Criminal Damage and Arson----50%---75%-71%--33%
Other Crime----------
Other Theft-50%--67%-+33%-----
Public Order----50%+200%+50%+100%---
Shoplifting----50%--+100%---
Vehicle Crime-+100%--80%----50%--67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+80%+600%+100%-33%-31%+11%+167%+140%+120%-44%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Birchington

What police force serves Birchington?
Birchington's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Birchington?
Birchington is the third safest small town in Kent.
What is Birchington's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Birchington are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Birchington?
Birchington's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021