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Crime and Safety in Dartford, Kent

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Dartford is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 28th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dartford in 2021 was 106 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dartford is the 38th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 473rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2021, Dartford had the worst crime rate in Kent for vehicle crime, with 55 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2021 was also a bad month for Dartford residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for drugs, recording 36 crimes at a rate of 0.61 per 1,000 residents. Dartford recorded 8 reports of robbery during July 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Dartford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,789 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 2,547 offences and a difference of 4.11 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Dartford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 46 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 11% from 2020's figure of 41 crimes.

Dartford 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

32% higher, regional crime rate

South East

31% higher, national crime rate

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Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dartford is 32% higher than the South East and 31% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dartford Crime Rate Over Time

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Dartford Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Dartford 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 Dartford

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211066,222
2020985,799
20191156,758
20181056,208
2017995,829
2016794,638

Crime in Dartford Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Dartford This Year

 DartfordKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,26421.4537,00419.89 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft500.859640.52 39% more dangerous
Burglary1993.385,9703.21 5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson66311.2519,28110.36 8% more dangerous
Drugs2203.734,0152.16 42% more dangerous
Other Crime1712.905,3902.900% safer
Other Theft5038.5411,0375.93 31% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons540.921,2200.66 28% more dangerous
Public Order5329.0313,7447.39 18% more dangerous
Robbery611.041,0640.57 45% more dangerous
Shoplifting4046.868,8494.76 31% more dangerous
Theft From the Person460.787940.43 45% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5309.007,9234.26 53% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,78947.3482,36844.27 6% more dangerous

Dartford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,02460.9073% safer
Herne Bay2,78168.0455% safer
Tonbridge2,83268.5554% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5940% safer
Sittingbourne5,383100.525% safer
Dartford6,222105.61-
Gravesend6,514111.084.9% more dangerous
Northfleet3,578119.0311% more dangerous
Folkestone5,936121.3213% more dangerous
Ramsgate6,112145.7628% more dangerous
Dover5,265156.9933% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dartford

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Recent Crimes in Dartford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cameron CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hazel RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Holly RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruskin GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cumberland DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blake GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Victoria RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Vincents RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near St Edmunds RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Marsh StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Priory GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Hunters CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Tower RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Princes RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lansbury CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Waylen GardensUnable to prosecute suspect

Dartford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16192521 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.00.811.10.85 Getting worse
Burglary674.43.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11111111 Safer
Drugs1.81.93.13.7 Getting worse
Other Crime3.33.12.12.9 Getting worse
Other Theft9979 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.680.810.880.92 Getting worse
Public Order11989 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.80.901.0 Safer
Shoplifting6777 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.811.30.700.78 Safer
Vehicle Crime812109 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences45484347 Getting worse

Changes In Dartford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dartford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93164% safer
Birmingham49.60113% safer
Barnet67.0857% safer
Croydon82.4828% safer
Sheffield90.0317% safer
Bristol90.5217% safer
Dartford105.61-
Leicester111.595% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0614% more dangerous
Bradford132.2820% more dangerous
Leeds150.9430% more dangerous

Crime in Dartford's Neighbourhoods

Central Dartford & West Hill is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Dartford, followed by Newtown in second place, and Temple Hill & Marshes as the third most dangerous area. Dartford's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Ebbsfleet & Greenhithe, Heath, and Joydens Wood.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Central Dartford & West Hill2,119185First
Ebbsfleet & Greenhithe1,12186Fifth
Heath34746Seventh
Joydens Wood44462Sixth
Newtown1,287127Second
Temple Hill & Marshes1,382108Third
Tree Estate678103Fourth

Dartford Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHeath (48)Central Dartford & West Hill (462)
Bicycle TheftTree Estate (2)Central Dartford & West Hill (22)
BurglaryJoydens Wood (9)Central Dartford & West Hill (68)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHeath (32)Newtown (178)
DrugsHeath (6)Central Dartford & West Hill (112)
Other CrimeHeath (10)Central Dartford & West Hill (49)
Other TheftJoydens Wood (27)Central Dartford & West Hill (207)
Possession of WeaponsHeath (1)Central Dartford & West Hill (26)
Public OrderHeath (27)Central Dartford & West Hill (227)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Heath (2)Central Dartford & West Hill (21)
ShopliftingNewtown (7)Central Dartford & West Hill (257)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Heath (1)Central Dartford & West Hill (28)
Vehicle CrimeHeath (49)Temple Hill & Marshes (145)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHeath (141)Newtown (737)

Crime in Dartford During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dartford change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Dartford saw a 1,100% increase in possession of weapons. Dartford saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 80% compared to November in 2019. Dartford saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including burglary, other theft, robbery, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-5%+142%+107%+84%+18%+9%+12%-13%+46%+21%
Bicycle Theft-33%+100%-13%-17%+400%+150%-11%+350%+100%-33%
Burglary-28%-60%-64%+30%-26%-23%-14%-53%-41%-65%
Criminal Damage and Arson-24%-28%+18%+17%-+21%+2%-11%-34%-
Drugs+6%+275%+43%+100%+91%+100%+333%+30%+33%+73%
Other Crime-27%-42%-41%+17%+25%+27%-55%-47%-38%-26%
Other Theft-5%-42%-56%--40%-2%-33%-14%-19%-40%
Possession of Weapons+1,100%+150%-25%+50%+20%--20%+60%--50%
Public Order+7%-3%-37%-26%-2%+5%+5%-27%-14%-3%
Robbery-50%-20%-55%-71%--64%-60%-33%-58%-33%
Shoplifting+13%-72%-67%-7%+13%---+50%-18%
Theft From the Person-20%--75%-67%-57%-50%-17%-57%-80%+20%
Vehicle Crime+38%-35%-11%-62%-43%-29%-66%-15%-20%+6%
Violence and Sexual Offences-3%-15%-16%-22%-15%+19%-11%-4%-8%-12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dartford

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

How dangerous is Dartford?
Dartford is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Dartford?
Dartford's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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