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Crime and Safety in Dover

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Dover is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Dover in 2021 was 157 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 44% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Dover is the third most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 140th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Dover had the worst crime rate in Kent for possession of weapons, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.21 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2016 was also a bad month for Dover residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 13 crimes at a rate of 0.39 per 1,000 residents. Dover recorded 36 reports of drugs during May 2015, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Dover are violence and sexual offences, with 2,884 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 86. This is 1.3% lower than 2020's figure of 2,922 offences and a difference of 1.14 from 2020's crime rate of 87. Dover's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 19 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 16% from 2020's figure of 16 crimes.

Dover 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

54% higher, regional crime rate

South East

54% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Dover is 54% higher than the South East and 54% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Dover Crime Rate Over Time

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Dover Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Dover 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 Dover

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211575,265
20201575,271
20191605,375
20181775,938
20171625,446
20161093,672

Crime in Dover Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Dover This Year

 DoverKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,07532.0537,00419.89 38% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft190.579640.52 9% more dangerous
Burglary1434.265,9703.21 25% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson54516.2519,28110.36 36% more dangerous
Drugs1845.494,0152.16 61% more dangerous
Other Crime2397.135,3902.90 59% more dangerous
Other Theft2918.6811,0375.93 32% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons401.191,2200.66 45% more dangerous
Public Order48314.4013,7447.39 49% more dangerous
Robbery280.831,0640.57 31% more dangerous
Shoplifting2537.548,8494.76 37% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.757940.43 43% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1313.917,9234.26 9% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,88485.9982,36844.27 49% more dangerous

Dover Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Dartford6,222105.6149% safer
Gravesend6,514111.0841% safer
Northfleet3,578119.0332% safer
Folkestone5,936121.3229% safer
Ramsgate6,112145.768% safer
Dover5,265156.99-

Crime Over Time in Dover

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Recent Crimes in Dover

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Public orderOn or near Adrian StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near North RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Connaught RoadLocal resolution
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Victoria StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Clarendon PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Johannesburg RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Monks WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Dover Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near George StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Charlton GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Approach RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near St James StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Peter StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Cherry Tree AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Adrian StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Dover Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour35324432 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.10.600.480.57 Safer
Burglary8764.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson19161616 Safer
Drugs2.63.24.25 Getting worse
Other Crime6577 Getting worse
Other Theft111099 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.61.21.2 Safer
Public Order26171414 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)2.22.31.20.83 Safer
Shoplifting8768 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.11.20.570.75 Safer
Vehicle Crime554.63.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences85838786 Getting worse

Changes In Dover's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Dover's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Elms Vale Recreation Ground6----11.3
Samphire Hoe Country Park1-1--10.09

Comparing Dover to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93293% safer
Birmingham49.60217% safer
Barnet67.08134% safer
Croydon82.4890% safer
Sheffield90.0374% safer
Bristol90.5273% safer
Leicester111.5941% safer
Liverpool123.0628% safer
Bradford132.2819% safer
Leeds150.944.0% safer
Dover156.99-

Crime in Dover's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Buckland & St Radigunds1,568111Second
Dover West1,817185First

Crime in Dover During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Dover change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Dover saw a 400% increase in possession of weapons. Dover saw a large fall in robbery during July, when it fell by 86% compared to July in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+192%+84%-+29%+50%+1%+24%+67%+75%
Bicycle Theft---80%-+33%+50%--+100%-
Burglary-48%+5%+7%-46%-48%-38%-17%+25%+36%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-2%-17%--20%+49%+73%-13%-21%+12%-18%
Drugs-8%+117%+100%-20%+100%-25%+36%+42%+9%-8%
Other Crime+80%-70%+35%+53%+133%+145%+8%+44%+69%+9%
Other Theft-43%--30%-29%+34%+18%-34%-19%+4%+11%
Possession of Weapons-57%+400%+133%+33%-67%-75%-20%-33%-60%-67%
Public Order-17%-23%-31%-50%+34%-31%+2%+26%-10%+17%
Robbery-82%+50%-83%--86%-60%-25%-71%-75%+80%
Shoplifting--50%-69%-6%+12%+46%-53%-15%-30%-41%
Theft From the Person+100%-50%--75%-71%----50%-
Vehicle Crime-50%-25%-50%-57%-44%+77%+29%+22%+17%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+17%-29%-20%+2%+36%+32%+9%+20%+2%+31%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Dover

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

How dangerous is Dover?
Dover is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent.

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

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

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