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Crime and Safety in Boxley

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Boxley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 143rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Boxley in 2021 was 59 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 49% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Boxley is the 376th most dangerous small town, and the 2,309th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Boxley was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for possession of weapons, with 2 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2020 was also a bad month for Boxley residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.21 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Boxley are violence and sexual offences, with 290 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 30. This is 3.8% lower than 2020's figure of 301 offences and a difference of 1.15 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Boxley's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Boxley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

23% lower, regional crime rate

South East

24% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Boxley is 23% lower than the South East and 24% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Boxley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Boxley 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 Boxley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202159561
202059564
201976731
201851483
201748462
201633314

Crime in Boxley Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Boxley This Year

 BoxleyKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour16917.6837,00419.89 12% safer
Bicycle Theft20.219640.52 148% safer
Burglary181.885,9703.21 71% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson464.8119,28110.36 115% safer
Drugs141.464,0152.16 48% safer
Other Crime111.155,3902.90 152% safer
Other Theft414.2911,0375.93 38% safer
Possession of Weapons70.731,2200.66 10% more dangerous
Public Order495.1313,7447.39 44% safer
Shoplifting444.608,8494.76 3.5% safer
Theft From the Person40.427940.43 2.4% safer
Vehicle Crime353.667,9234.26 16% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29030.3482,36844.27 46% safer

Boxley Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Herne and Broomfield151.553686% safer
Bearsted25129.9996% safer
Kings Hill34837.6156% safer
Kingsnorth57345.5529% safer
Walmer47758.360.57% safer
Boxley56158.69-
Southborough77362.686% more dangerous
Hythe96063.347% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,42664.649% more dangerous
Aylesford74665.2610% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.3713% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Boxley

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Recent Crimes in Boxley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Timber TopsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lock LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near A229Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Styles LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Pinewood DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near A229Offender given a caution
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near A249Investigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Fir Tree GroveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Lock LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bearsted RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chatham RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bearsted RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Blind LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bearsted RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Micawber CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bearsted RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lock LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bearsted RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near A249Investigation complete; no suspect identified

Boxley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11122818 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.520.730.420.21 Safer
Burglary3.652.91.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6674.8 Safer
Drugs0.841.40.731.5 Getting worse
Other Crime1.72.02.11.2 Safer
Other Theft673.84.3 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.100.310.420.73 Getting worse
Public Order564.25 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.12.82.14.6 Getting worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.310.210.42 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime54.83.93.7 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19393130 Getting worse

Changes In Boxley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Boxley to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9347% safer
Birmingham49.6018% safer
Boxley58.69-
Barnet67.0813% more dangerous
Croydon82.4829% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0335% more dangerous
Bristol90.5235% more dangerous
Leicester111.5947% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0652% more dangerous
Bradford132.2856% more dangerous
Leeds150.9461% more dangerous

Crime in Boxley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Boxley & Detling33647First

Crime in Boxley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Boxley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in June, when Boxley saw a 800% increase in anti-social behaviour. Boxley saw a large fall in other theft during December, when it fell by 88% compared to December in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+67%+135%+208%+800%+260%+131%+325%-18%+283%+90%
Bicycle Theft--+100%---50%----
Burglary+33%-50%+200%-33%-+100%-67%---60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+40%-40%+133%+100%-60%-+300%+14%--71%
Drugs---+100%------
Other Crime+100%----50%-+300%---80%
Other Theft--75%-71%-83%-20%+33%+67%-55%-57%-88%
Public Order+25%+100%-40%-33%--86%--57%-71%-
Shoplifting-80%----50%-+100%+100%--50%
Vehicle Crime---67%--+50%--25%-43%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%-51%-22%-34%-4%--68%-14%-35%-22%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Boxley

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

How dangerous is Boxley?
Boxley is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent.

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

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

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