Folkestone Crime Overview

Folkestone is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Folkestone in 2020 was 127 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 33% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Folkestone is among the top 10 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 234th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Folkestone had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Folkestone residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.20 per 1,000 residents. Folkestone recorded 54 reports of shoplifting during June 2020, making its crime rate of 1.1 the worst for shoplifting in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Folkestone are violence and sexual offences, with 2,899 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 59. This is 6% lower than 2019's figure of 3,083 offences and a difference of 3.76 from 2019's crime rate of 63. Folkestone's least common crime is theft from the person, with 42 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 7% from 2019's figure of 39 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Folkestone This Year

 FolkestoneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,08042.5148,31625.9739% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft741.511,1650.6358% more dangerous
Burglary1843.767,0893.811.3% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson71614.6318,62210.0132% more dangerous
Drugs1913.904,2172.2742% more dangerous
Other Crime1633.335,1152.7517% more dangerous
Other Theft4228.6310,9545.8932% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons651.331,3510.7345% more dangerous
Public Order54111.0613,1587.0736% more dangerous
Robbery591.211,3090.7042% more dangerous
Shoplifting57611.779,2254.9658% more dangerous
Theft From the Person420.868340.4548% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2595.299,0874.888% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences2,89959.2576,37441.0531% more dangerous

Crime in Folkestone Compared To Kent

Folkestone Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tonbridge2,99972.5974% safer
Sittingbourne5,12095.6032% safer
Dartford5,77698.0429% safer
Northfleet3,485115.939% safer
Gravesend6,865117.078% safer
Folkestone6,191126.54-
Ramsgate5,826138.949% more dangerous
Dover5,271157.1719% more dangerous

Folkestone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30223043Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.61.71.5Getting worse
Burglary6973.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15151615Safer
Drugs2.52.72.93.9Getting worse
Other Crime2.83.83.43.3No change
Other Theft1212129Safer
Possession of Weapons0.721.41.61.3Getting worse
Public Order11161311Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.31.62.11.2Safer
Shoplifting13141412Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.650.740.800.86Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.2675Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54616359Safer

Changes In Folkestone's Crime Rates Over Time

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Comparing Folkestone to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7187% safer
Coventry77.4163% safer
Croydon83.2252% safer
Sheffield85.8147% safer
Bristol86.2147% safer
Leicester97.4430% safer
Birmingham102.8723% safer
Liverpool107.2818% safer
Folkestone126.54-
Bradford133.024.9% more dangerous
Leeds137.108% more dangerous

Crime in Folkestone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cheriton & Horn Street72474Fifth
Folkestone Central1,113155Second
Folkestone Foord979123Third
Folkestone Harbour2,034268First
Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate91770Sixth
Folkestone North East66682Fourth

Folkestone Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Folkestone for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCheriton & Horn Street (222)Folkestone Harbour (882)
Bicycle TheftCheriton & Horn Street (7)Folkestone Harbour (23)
BurglaryCheriton & Horn Street (18)Folkestone Harbour (69)
Criminal Damage and ArsonFolkestone Morehall & Sandgate (93)Folkestone Harbour (210)
DrugsCheriton & Horn Street (8)Folkestone Harbour (76)
Other CrimeCheriton & Horn Street (20)Folkestone Harbour (42)
Other TheftCheriton & Horn Street (37)Folkestone Harbour (152)
Possession of WeaponsCheriton & Horn Street (3)Folkestone Harbour (19)
Public OrderCheriton & Horn Street (41)Folkestone Harbour (193)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate (3)Folkestone Harbour (32)
ShopliftingFolkestone North East (1)Folkestone Harbour (254)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Cheriton & Horn Street (1)Folkestone Harbour (24)
Vehicle CrimeCheriton & Horn Street (20)Folkestone Harbour (68)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFolkestone Morehall & Sandgate (383)Folkestone Harbour (872)

Crime in Folkestone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Folkestone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in October, when Folkestone saw a 400% increase in theft from the person. Folkestone saw a large fall in possession of weapons during November, when it fell by 87% compared to November in 2019. Criminal Damage and Arson saw a fall in every month of Folkestone's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-9%+142%+90%+24%+50%+38%+28%+37%+83%-2%
Bicycle Theft-40%--40%+17%-25%-46%-11%-33%-33%-
Burglary-53%-63%-56%-41%-29%-25%-36%-29%-60%-61%
Criminal Damage and Arson-6%-28%-2%-23%-8%-9%-13%+8%-5%-30%
Drugs+100%+100%+62%+100%+110%+9%-15%-+33%-15%
Other Crime+86%-13%+44%-10%-6%--25%-16%-28%+67%
Other Theft-52%-52%-29%-8%-14%-23%-38%-42%-9%-13%
Possession of Weapons-14%+100%-25%+140%+50%-17%+43%-56%-87%-86%
Public Order-46%-23%-24%+6%-25%-13%+5%-17%-33%+3%
Robbery-38%-86%-58%--50%+100%+25%-57%-83%-50%
Shoplifting+5%-50%-44%+4%+9%+36%-4%-15%-44%-26%
Theft From the Person-67%-50%+50%-33%-75%+133%+200%+400%+100%-33%
Vehicle Crime-33%-76%-4%+11%-23%-36%-63%-39%-40%+18%
Violence and Sexual Offences-32%-14%-+3%+15%+42%+15%-11%-10%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Folkestone

What police force serves Folkestone?
Folkestone's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Folkestone?
Folkestone is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent.
What is Folkestone's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Folkestone are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Folkestone?
Folkestone's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021