Dartford Crime Overview

Dartford is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 31st most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dartford in 2020 was 98 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 13% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dartford is the 39th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 525th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Dartford had the worst crime rate in Kent for shoplifting, with 69 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Dartford residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 54 crimes at a rate of 0.92 per 1,000 residents. Dartford recorded 46 reports of burglary during May 2019, making its crime rate of 0.78 the worst for burglary in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Dartford are violence and sexual offences, with 2,547 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 11% lower than 2019's figure of 2,836 offences and a difference of 4.91 from 2019's crime rate of 48. Dartford's least common crime is theft from the person, with 41 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 80% from 2019's figure of 74 crimes.

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Crime in Dartford Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Dartford This Year

 DartfordKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,47925.1048,31625.973.5% safer
Bicycle Theft621.051,1650.6340% more dangerous
Burglary2594.407,0893.8113% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson62310.5718,62210.015% more dangerous
Drugs1803.064,2172.2726% more dangerous
Other Crime1252.125,1152.7530% safer
Other Theft4076.9110,9545.8915% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons500.851,3510.7314% more dangerous
Public Order4497.6213,1587.077% more dangerous
Robbery540.921,3090.7024% more dangerous
Shoplifting4217.159,2254.9631% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.708340.4536% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5589.479,0874.8848% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,54743.2376,37441.055% more dangerous

Dartford Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,00060.1863% safer
Herne Bay2,54162.1658% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.9546% safer
Tonbridge2,99972.5935% safer
Sittingbourne5,12095.602.6% safer
Dartford5,77698.04-
Northfleet3,485115.9315% more dangerous
Gravesend6,865117.0716% more dangerous
Folkestone6,191126.5423% more dangerous
Ramsgate5,826138.9429% more dangerous
Dover5,271157.1738% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Dartford

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Recent Crimes in Dartford

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rutland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Rutland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Rutland CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mallard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mallard CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Theft from the personOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Mead RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Churchill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Churchill CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Dartford Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22161925Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.631.00.831.0Getting worse
Burglary7674.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111111Safer
Drugs1.21.81.83.1Getting worse
Other Crime2.03.33.12.1Safer
Other Theft10997Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.680.810.85Getting worse
Public Order71198Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.11.41.80.92Safer
Shoplifting9677Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.950.811.30.70Safer
Vehicle Crime88129Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences39444843Safer

Changes In Dartford's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Dartford to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7145% safer
Coventry77.4127% safer
Croydon83.2218% safer
Sheffield85.8114% safer
Bristol86.2114% safer
Leicester97.440.62% safer
Dartford98.04-
Birmingham102.874.7% more dangerous
Liverpool107.289% more dangerous
Bradford133.0226% more dangerous
Leeds137.1028% 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 Hill1,891165First
Ebbsfleet & Greenhithe1,11686Fifth
Heath36648Seventh
Joydens Wood37653Sixth
Newtown1,355134Second
Temple Hill & Marshes1,339104Third
Tree Estate59590Fourth

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 (104)Central Dartford & West Hill (426)
Bicycle TheftHeath (4)Central Dartford & West Hill (25)
BurglaryJoydens Wood (19)Central Dartford & West Hill (75)
Criminal Damage and ArsonJoydens Wood (35)Newtown (159)
DrugsHeath (7)Central Dartford & West Hill (71)
Other CrimeHeath (6)Central Dartford & West Hill (41)
Other TheftJoydens Wood (16)Central Dartford & West Hill (147)
Possession of WeaponsJoydens Wood (1)Central Dartford & West Hill (17)
Public OrderJoydens Wood (23)Central Dartford & West Hill (165)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Heath (1)Central Dartford & West Hill (22)
ShopliftingJoydens Wood (3)Central Dartford & West Hill (244)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Newtown (1)Central Dartford & West Hill (32)
Vehicle CrimeHeath (46)Central Dartford & West Hill (148)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHeath (127)Newtown (794)

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, robbery, and violence and sexual offences.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-3%+149%+106%+80%+17%+9%+16%-13%+46%+21%
Bicycle Theft-33%+75%-44%-17%+400%+150%-11%+350%+100%-33%
Burglary-28%-58%-67%+30%-26%-26%-13%-53%-41%-64%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-28%+16%+9%-4%+18%+2%-10%-32%-
Drugs+6%+275%+36%+100%+82%+100%+333%+44%+33%+73%
Other Crime-27%-42%-50%+33%+25%+27%-55%-40%-38%-26%
Other Theft-5%-42%-53%--38%--33%-17%-19%-40%
Possession of Weapons+1,100%+100%-25%+50%+20%--20%+40%--50%
Public Order+7%-3%-35%-26%-4%+5%+7%-27%-14%-3%
Robbery-42%-20%-58%-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+49%-35%-5%-63%-43%-29%-66%-18%-16%+9%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%-14%-18%-21%-15%+20%-11%-4%-8%-10%

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).

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021