Deal Crime Overview

Deal is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 58th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Deal in 2020 was 78 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 9% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Deal is the 136th most dangerous small town, and the 1,061st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Deal was the worst small town in Kent for bicycle theft, with 9 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.43 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Deal residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 28 crimes at a rate of 1.3 per 1,000 residents. Deal recorded 7 reports of other crime during September 2020, making its crime rate of 0.33 the worst small town for other crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Deal are violence and sexual offences, with 869 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 41. This is 13% lower than 2019's figure of 984 offences and a difference of 5.46 from 2019's crime rate of 47. Deal's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 300% from 2019's figure of 16 crimes.

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

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Crime in Deal Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Deal This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour46121.8848,31625.9719% safer
Bicycle Theft221.041,1650.6339% more dangerous
Burglary522.477,0893.8154% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson21910.4018,62210.013.8% more dangerous
Drugs231.094,2172.27108% safer
Other Crime462.185,1152.7526% safer
Other Theft1034.8910,9545.8920% safer
Possession of Weapons40.191,3510.73284% safer
Public Order1647.7813,1587.079% more dangerous
Robbery70.331,3090.70112% safer
Shoplifting773.669,2254.9636% safer
Theft From the Person110.528340.4513% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime452.149,0874.88128% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences86941.2576,37441.050.48% more dangerous

Deal Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Paddock Wood55067.7315% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.0714% safer
East Malling and Larkfield1,01268.9413% safer
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.2413% safer
Edenbridge74876.601.7% safer
Faversham1,77888.4412% more dangerous
Snodland1,06389.5313% more dangerous
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,70095.2018% more dangerous
Swanley1,73899.7522% more dangerous
Stone2,382178.6956% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Deal

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Deal Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour21171722Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.
Criminal Damage and Arson11151010Safer
Drugs0.901.11.11.1Getting worse
Other Crime2.
Other Theft4.6764.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.330.710.760.19Safer
Public Order5978Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.900.850.470.33Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.470.620.330.52Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences35474741Safer

Changes In Deal's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Deal's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Deal that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
North Deal Playing Field--1--10.86

Comparing Deal to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7115% safer
Coventry77.410.68% safer
Croydon83.226% more dangerous
Sheffield85.819% more dangerous
Bristol86.2110% more dangerous
Leicester97.4420% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8724% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2827% more dangerous
Bradford133.0241% more dangerous
Leeds137.1043% more dangerous

Crime in Deal's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Deal North & West33845First

Crime in Deal During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Deal change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Deal saw a 400% increase in vehicle crime. Deal saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Deal's lockdown.

Anti-Social Behaviour+50%+137%+115%+72%-26%-20%+19%+25%-7%-4%
Bicycle Theft--83%-83%-+350%-75%-33%---
Criminal Damage and Arson-48%+27%+47%+67%+81%-15%-20%-11%-12%-68%
Other Crime-40%-33%-33%-43%+25%-33%+133%+200%-67%+300%
Other Theft--75%-58%-29%-31%-42%-69%+63%+36%+43%
Possession of Weapons--50%--------
Public Order-25%-14%-8%+267%+58%-45%-+100%-53%+71%
Theft From the Person----+100%-----
Vehicle Crime-+167%--20%-73%-50%-67%+400%-80%+67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-11%-38%+6%+46%+10%-8%-13%-23%-21%-33%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Deal

What police force serves Deal?
Deal's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Deal?
Deal is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Kent.
What is Deal's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Deal are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Deal?
Deal's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021