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Crime and Safety in East Malling and Larkfield

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East Malling and Larkfield is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 86th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Malling and Larkfield in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 25% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Malling and Larkfield is the 247th most dangerous small town, and the 1,512nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In June 2021, East Malling and Larkfield was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for possession of weapons, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for East Malling and Larkfield residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. East Malling and Larkfield recorded 6 reports of robbery during September 2017, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in East Malling and Larkfield are violence and sexual offences, with 510 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 469 offences and a difference of 2.79 from 2020's crime rate of 32. East Malling and Larkfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 3 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 33% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

East Malling and Larkfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

3.1% lower, regional crime rate

South East

4.4% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in East Malling and Larkfield is 3.1% lower than the South East and 4.4% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

East Malling and Larkfield Crime Rate Over Time

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East Malling and Larkfield Crime Map

Incidents mapped in East Malling and Larkfield 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 East Malling and Larkfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021701,024
2020691,012
2019791,158
2018791,157
2017721,060
201651752

Crime in East Malling and Larkfield Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in East Malling and Larkfield This Year

 East Malling and LarkfieldKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour28519.4237,00419.89 2.4% safer
Bicycle Theft40.279640.52 93% safer
Burglary382.595,9703.21 24% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15110.2919,28110.36 0.68% safer
Drugs171.164,0152.16 86% safer
Other Crime412.795,3902.90 3.9% safer
Other Theft704.7711,0375.93 24% safer
Possession of Weapons80.541,2200.66 22% safer
Public Order785.3113,7447.39 39% safer
Robbery90.611,0640.57 7% more dangerous
Shoplifting614.168,8494.76 14% safer
Theft From the Person30.207940.43 115% safer
Vehicle Crime342.327,9234.26 84% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences51034.7482,36844.27 27% safer

East Malling and Larkfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Sevenoaks1,42664.648% safer
Aylesford74665.267% safer
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.373.5% safer
Tenterden53368.312.1% safer
Paddock Wood56669.700.09% safer
East Malling and Larkfield1,02469.76-
Hawkinge63272.013.1% more dangerous
Frindsbury Extra55072.984.4% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh84682.9816% more dangerous
Edenbridge83585.5118% more dangerous
Deal1,83487.0620% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Malling and Larkfield

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Recent Crimes in East Malling and Larkfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Clarewood DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wordsworth WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near New RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Raven CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Park/Open SpaceFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near Brooklands RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blatchford CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Barrie DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Lilac GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Jasmine RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Jasmine CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Edward WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Barrie DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Jasmine RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

East Malling and Larkfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour15152119 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.20.270.610.27 Safer
Burglary4.03.82.92.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1491010 Safer
Drugs0.610.891.61.2 Getting worse
Other Crime2.43.12.42.8 Getting worse
Other Theft774.04.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.410.200.340.54 Getting worse
Public Order9865 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.890.410.340.61 Safer
Shoplifting4.463.84.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)-0.340.270.20 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.64.44.22.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31353235 Getting worse

Changes In East Malling and Larkfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in East Malling and Larkfield's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Clare House Park4----20.51

Comparing East Malling and Larkfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9375% safer
Birmingham49.6041% safer
Barnet67.084.0% safer
East Malling and Larkfield69.76-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0323% more dangerous
Bristol90.5223% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% more dangerous

Crime in East Malling and Larkfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Larkfield & New Hythe81764First

Crime in East Malling and Larkfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in East Malling and Larkfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when East Malling and Larkfield saw a 400% increase in other crime. East Malling and Larkfield saw a large fall in other theft during September, when it fell by 91% compared to September in 2019. Rates of other theft and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during East Malling and Larkfield's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+54%+267%+145%+22%-13%+59%+6%+35%-6%+150%
Bicycle Theft----+200%-----
Burglary--40%-83%-33%+25%-67%-60%-50%-60%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+50%+30%-64%+17%-8%+40%+36%-33%+150%-33%
Drugs----50%--+50%---50%
Other Crime+40%-60%+100%-60%-80%-17%+400%-50%-80%+100%
Other Theft-29%-70%-33%-44%-75%+117%-91%-38%-83%-83%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-8%-60%-33%-46%-13%-33%+40%--82%-20%
Robbery----------
Shoplifting-25%-11%-29%-56%-50%-89%--67%-25%-25%
Vehicle Crime+300%-33%-25%+33%+33%-13%--71%--86%
Violence and Sexual Offences-7%-24%-36%+4%+9%+37%-25%-27%+26%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in East Malling and Larkfield

What police force serves East Malling and Larkfield?
East Malling and Larkfield's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is East Malling and Larkfield?
East Malling and Larkfield is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in East Malling and Larkfield?
East Malling and Larkfield's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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