East Malling and Larkfield Crime Overview

East Malling and Larkfield is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 84th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in East Malling and Larkfield in 2020 was 69 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 24% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, East Malling and Larkfield is the 203rd most dangerous small town, and the 1,478th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2020, East Malling and Larkfield was the worst small town in Kent for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.07 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2017 was also a bad month for East Malling and Larkfield residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for robbery, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.41 per 1,000 residents. East Malling and Larkfield recorded 6 reports of public order during October 2016, making its crime rate of 0.41 the worst small town for public order in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in East Malling and Larkfield are violence and sexual offences, with 469 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 32. This is 10% lower than 2019's figure of 517 offences and a difference of 3.27 from 2019's crime rate of 35. East Malling and Larkfield's least common crime is theft from the person, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 25% from 2019's figure of 5 crimes.

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Crime in East Malling and Larkfield Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in East Malling and Larkfield This Year

 East Malling and LarkfieldKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour31521.4648,31625.9721% safer
Bicycle Theft90.611,1650.633.3% safer
Burglary432.937,0893.8130% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15010.2218,62210.012.1% more dangerous
Drugs241.634,2172.2739% safer
Other Crime352.385,1152.7516% safer
Other Theft583.9510,9545.8949% safer
Possession of Weapons50.341,3510.73115% safer
Public Order936.3413,1587.0712% safer
Robbery50.341,3090.70106% safer
Shoplifting553.759,2254.9632% safer
Theft From the Person40.278340.4567% safer
Vehicle Crime624.229,0874.8816% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences46931.9576,37441.0528% safer

East Malling and Larkfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Aylesford73264.048% safer
Southborough80064.876% safer
Sevenoaks1,45766.044.4% safer
Paddock Wood55067.731.8% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.071.3% safer
East Malling and Larkfield1,01268.94-
Minster-on-Sea1,18669.240.43% more dangerous
Edenbridge74876.6010% more dangerous
Deal1,64277.9412% more dangerous
Faversham1,77888.4422% more dangerous
Snodland1,06389.5323% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in East Malling and Larkfield

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East Malling and Larkfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20151521Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.01.20.270.61Safer
Burglary54.03.82.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1214910Safer
Drugs0.890.610.891.6Getting worse
Other Crime2.22.43.12.4Safer
Other Theft7774.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.410.200.34Getting worse
Public Order5986Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.750.890.410.34Safer
Shoplifting3.84.463.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.34-0.340.27Safer
Vehicle Crime4.34.64.44.2Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29313532Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.711.8% safer
East Malling and Larkfield68.94-
Coventry77.4111% more dangerous
Croydon83.2217% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8120% more dangerous
Bristol86.2120% more dangerous
Leicester97.4429% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8733% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2836% more dangerous
Bradford133.0248% more dangerous
Leeds137.1050% more dangerous

Crime in East Malling and Larkfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Larkfield & New Hythe76560First

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 10 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021