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Crime and Safety in Chatham

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Chatham is the second most dangerous major town in Kent, and is the 22nd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chatham in 2021 was 116 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 25% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Chatham is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 358th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Chatham had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 37 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Chatham residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Chatham recorded 13 reports of robbery during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Chatham are violence and sexual offences, with 5,053 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 63. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 4,577 offences and a difference of 5.89 from 2020's crime rate of 57. Chatham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 25 crimes.

Chatham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Kent

38% higher, regional crime rate

South East

37% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Chatham is 38% higher than the South East and 37% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Chatham Crime Rate Over Time

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Chatham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Chatham 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 Chatham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211169,392
20201098,838
20191209,716
201812710,229
20171119,007
2016846,768

Crime in Chatham Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Chatham This Year

 ChathamKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,12026.2337,00419.89 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft250.319640.52 68% safer
Burglary3073.805,9703.21 16% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,03912.8619,28110.36 19% more dangerous
Drugs2002.474,0152.16 13% more dangerous
Other Crime3093.825,3902.90 24% more dangerous
Other Theft5516.8211,0375.93 13% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons861.061,2200.66 38% more dangerous
Public Order82010.1513,7447.39 27% more dangerous
Robbery981.211,0640.57 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting4545.628,8494.76 15% more dangerous
Theft From the Person620.777940.43 44% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3884.807,9234.26 11% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,05362.5282,36844.27 29% more dangerous

Chatham Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.0190% safer
Ashford6,85091.0228% safer
Maidstone10,94791.3027% safer
Rochester6,747101.4515% safer
Gillingham11,987110.395% safer
Chatham9,392116.21-
Margate8,388127.689% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chatham

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Recent Crimes in Chatham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hampshire CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Chelmar RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blockmakers CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Gerald AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shipwrights AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shipwrights AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Theatre/Concert HallUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cranleigh GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Lester RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Upbury WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chevening CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lawn CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Coverdale CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hilda RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Mark StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Chatham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21193126 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.710.530.310.31 Safer
Burglary654.33.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson13111113 Getting worse
Drugs2.62.53.62.5 Getting worse
Other Crime3.43.63.63.8 Getting worse
Other Theft101077 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.01.01.21.1 Getting worse
Public Order1511910 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.01.71.2 Safer
Shoplifting9966 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.901.10.880.77 Safer
Vehicle Crime874.54.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56565763 Getting worse

Changes In Chatham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Chatham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Chatham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hook Meadow5---213.3

Comparing Chatham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93191% safer
Birmingham49.60134% safer
Barnet67.0873% safer
Croydon82.4841% safer
Sheffield90.0329% safer
Bristol90.5228% safer
Leicester111.594.1% safer
Chatham116.21-
Liverpool123.066% more dangerous
Bradford132.2812% more dangerous
Leeds150.9423% more dangerous

Crime in Chatham's Neighbourhoods

Luton is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Chatham, followed by Chatham South East in second place, and Chatham South West as the third most dangerous area. Chatham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Lordswood, Settington, and Walderslade.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chatham South East1,160153Second
Chatham South West800129Third
Horsted57182Fifth
Lordswood42855Eighth
Luton1,240166First
Settington35458Seventh
Walderslade39463Sixth
Wayfield76395Fourth

Chatham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Chatham for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSettington (72)Luton (259)
Bicycle TheftHorsted (1)Chatham South West (3)
BurglarySettington (7)Luton (48)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSettington (33)Luton (157)
DrugsLordswood (5)Luton (22)
Other CrimeSettington (9)Luton (47)
Other TheftLordswood (27)Luton (66)
Possession of WeaponsSettington (3)Chatham South East (9)
Public OrderSettington (24)Horsted (83)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Walderslade (2)Luton (21)
ShopliftingLordswood (2)Chatham South West (124)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wayfield (1)Luton (7)
Vehicle CrimeLordswood (19)Luton (62)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSettington (190)Chatham South East (754)

Crime in Chatham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Chatham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Chatham saw a 500% increase in bicycle theft. Chatham saw a large fall in theft from the person during May, when it fell by 83% compared to May in 2019. Vehicle Crime saw a fall in every month of Chatham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+177%+183%+24%+57%+53%+41%+41%+86%+128%
Bicycle Theft--33%-60%-50%+33%+500%-33%-80%--
Burglary-29%-35%-26%+27%-33%+41%-35%+6%-13%-36%
Criminal Damage and Arson+5%-32%-23%-26%+61%+28%+14%+8%--25%
Drugs+40%+60%+25%+86%+13%+64%+153%+44%-14%-
Other Crime+28%-29%-20%-5%+48%+30%-17%-3%-19%+86%
Other Theft-39%-56%-42%-49%-29%-41%-19%-24%-49%-22%
Possession of Weapons-43%+133%-22%+160%+125%--17%---14%
Public Order-37%-19%-36%-10%-30%-2%+5%-21%-27%+8%
Robbery-25%-25%-64%-+55%-36%+25%--44%+11%
Shoplifting+3%-63%-57%-57%-26%-40%-31%-37%-26%+27%
Theft From the Person-60%-67%-83%-57%+43%+33%+13%-17%--57%
Vehicle Crime-39%-52%-39%-44%+5%-23%-52%-39%-47%-38%
Violence and Sexual Offences-23%-10%+1%-23%+5%+37%+3%+32%-9%+14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Chatham

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

How dangerous is Chatham?
Chatham is the second most dangerous major town in Kent.

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

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

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