Chatham Crime Overview

Chatham is the second most dangerous major town in Kent, and is the 26th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Chatham in 2020 was 111 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 23% higher than the Kent rate of 85 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 344th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Chatham had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 35 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Chatham residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 43 crimes at a rate of 0.53 per 1,000 residents. Chatham recorded 9 reports of possession of weapons during November 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst for possession of weapons in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Chatham are violence and sexual offences, with 4,656 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 58. This is 2.0% higher than 2019's figure of 4,564 offences and a difference of 1.14 from 2019's crime rate of 56. Chatham's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 25 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 72% from 2019's figure of 43 crimes.

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See how Chatham shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Chatham and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Chatham Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Chatham This Year

 ChathamKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57431.8548,31625.9718% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft250.311,1650.63103% safer
Burglary3594.447,0893.8114% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson89111.0218,62210.019% more dangerous
Drugs2973.674,2172.2738% more dangerous
Other Crime2943.645,1152.7524% more dangerous
Other Theft5316.5710,9545.8910% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons961.191,3510.7339% more dangerous
Public Order7459.2213,1587.0723% more dangerous
Robbery1341.661,3090.7058% more dangerous
Shoplifting4996.179,2254.9620% more dangerous
Theft From the Person710.888340.4549% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3664.539,0874.888% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,65657.6176,37441.0529% more dangerous

Chatham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells4,10867.5064% safer
Maidstone10,44987.1427% safer
Ashford6,75089.6924% safer
Gillingham11,203103.178% safer
Rochester6,935104.286% safer
Chatham8,964110.91-
Margate8,491129.2414% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Chatham

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Chatham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour31211932Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.950.710.530.31Safer
Burglary7654.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14131111Safer
Drugs1.82.62.53.7Getting worse
Other Crime2.73.53.73.6Getting worse
Other Theft1010107Safer
Possession of Weapons0.881.01.01.2Getting worse
Public Order915119Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.62.22.01.7Safer
Shoplifting8996Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.830.901.10.88Safer
Vehicle Crime9884.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences47565658Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Hook Meadow5---213.3

Comparing Chatham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7164% safer
Coventry77.4143% safer
Croydon83.2233% safer
Sheffield85.8129% safer
Bristol86.2129% safer
Leicester97.4414% safer
Birmingham102.878% safer
Liverpool107.283.4% safer
Chatham110.91-
Bradford133.0217% more dangerous
Leeds137.1019% 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 East994131Second
Chatham South West747121Third
Horsted47068Fifth
Lordswood38950Eighth
Luton1,119150First
Settington35858Sixth
Walderslade34855Seventh
Wayfield73091Fourth

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 BehaviourWalderslade (111)Luton (326)
Bicycle TheftLordswood (1)Chatham South East (2)
BurglaryWalderslade (10)Luton (46)
Criminal Damage and ArsonLordswood (43)Luton (116)
DrugsLordswood (6)Luton (47)
Other CrimeLordswood (15)Luton (43)
Other TheftHorsted (15)Luton (66)
Possession of WeaponsLordswood (1)Luton (9)
Public OrderWalderslade (17)Luton (79)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Settington (1)Luton (17)
ShopliftingLordswood (2)Chatham South West (116)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Chatham South West (1)Luton (6)
Vehicle CrimeWalderslade (21)Luton (46)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWalderslade (170)Luton (620)

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+7%+184%+181%+26%+56%+56%+41%+40%+83%+133%
Bicycle Theft--33%-60%-50%+33%+500%-33%-80%--
Burglary-21%-35%-20%+26%-33%+41%-33%+6%-13%-31%
Criminal Damage and Arson+3%-33%-22%-25%+57%+24%+15%+8%-2%-26%
Drugs+40%+60%+25%+100%+13%+71%+153%+44%-14%-
Other Crime+15%-29%-26%-5%+45%+24%-10%--16%+44%
Other Theft-39%-56%-42%-49%-30%-42%-19%-25%-47%-23%
Possession of Weapons-43%+133%-22%+160%+125%--17%---14%
Public Order-35%-19%-34%-11%-30%-4%+5%-20%-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%-53%-44%-44%-5%-25%-52%-43%-47%-40%
Violence and Sexual Offences-26%-9%+1%-23%+6%+38%+3%+33%-10%+16%

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021