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Crime and Safety in Folkestone

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Folkestone is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Kent, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Folkestone in 2021 was 121 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 28% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Folkestone is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 313rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Folkestone had the worst crime rate in Kent for drugs, with 27 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2021 was also a bad month for Folkestone residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.22 per 1,000 residents. Folkestone recorded 10 reports of bicycle theft during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst for bicycle theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Folkestone are violence and sexual offences, with 3,000 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 61. This is 3.4% higher than 2020's figure of 2,899 offences and a difference of 2.07 from 2020's crime rate of 59. Folkestone's least common crime is robbery, with 35 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 69% from 2020's figure of 59 crimes.

Folkestone 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

41% higher, regional crime rate

South East

40% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Folkestone is 41% higher than the South East and 40% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Folkestone Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Folkestone 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 Folkestone

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211215,936
20201276,191
20191447,056
20181447,070
20171236,035
2016984,815

Crime in Folkestone Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Folkestone This Year

 FolkestoneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,46129.8637,00419.89 33% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft360.749640.52 30% more dangerous
Burglary1743.565,9703.21 10% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson65413.3719,28110.36 23% more dangerous
Drugs2154.394,0152.16 51% more dangerous
Other Crime2014.115,3902.90 29% more dangerous
Other Theft3567.2811,0375.93 19% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons761.551,2200.66 57% more dangerous
Public Order55711.3813,7447.39 35% more dangerous
Robbery350.721,0640.57 21% more dangerous
Shoplifting4288.758,8494.76 46% more dangerous
Theft From the Person410.847940.43 49% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1633.337,9234.26 28% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences3,00061.3282,36844.27 28% more dangerous

Folkestone Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5960% safer
Sittingbourne5,383100.5221% safer
Dartford6,222105.6115% safer
Gravesend6,514111.089% safer
Northfleet3,578119.031.9% safer
Folkestone5,936121.32-
Ramsgate6,112145.7617% more dangerous
Dover5,265156.9923% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Folkestone

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Recent Crimes in Folkestone

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Athelstan RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The Tram RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marten RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Weymouth CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sandgate RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Peter StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cheriton RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Claremont RoadFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheriton GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LynwoodUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowden CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near KingsmeadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near East Cliff PassageInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Green LaneAction to be taken by another organisation

Folkestone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22304330 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.61.71.50.74 Safer
Burglary973.83.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson15161513 Safer
Drugs2.72.93.94.4 Getting worse
Other Crime3.83.43.34.1 Getting worse
Other Theft121297 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.41.61.31.6 Getting worse
Public Order16131111 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.62.11.20.72 Safer
Shoplifting1414129 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.740.800.860.84 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime6753.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences61635961 Getting worse

Changes In Folkestone's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Folkestone's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Canterbury Road Recreation Ground71--3610
Morehall Recreation Ground2----00.44

Comparing Folkestone to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93204% safer
Birmingham49.60145% safer
Barnet67.0881% safer
Croydon82.4847% safer
Sheffield90.0335% safer
Bristol90.5234% safer
Leicester111.599% safer
Folkestone121.32-
Liverpool123.061.4% more dangerous
Bradford132.288% more dangerous
Leeds150.9420% more dangerous

Crime in Folkestone's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cheriton & Horn Street70973Fifth
Folkestone Central992138Second
Folkestone Foord930117Third
Folkestone Harbour2,025267First
Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate92070Sixth
Folkestone North East66682Fourth

Folkestone Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCheriton & Horn Street (164)Folkestone Harbour (544)
Bicycle TheftFolkestone North East (1)Folkestone Central (10)
BurglaryCheriton & Horn Street (8)Folkestone Harbour (73)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCheriton & Horn Street (67)Folkestone Harbour (191)
DrugsCheriton & Horn Street (18)Folkestone Harbour (74)
Other CrimeFolkestone North East (17)Folkestone Harbour (52)
Other TheftFolkestone Foord (37)Folkestone Harbour (129)
Possession of WeaponsFolkestone Morehall & Sandgate (4)Folkestone Harbour (31)
Public OrderCheriton & Horn Street (43)Folkestone Harbour (215)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Folkestone Morehall & Sandgate (2)Folkestone Harbour (15)
ShopliftingFolkestone North East (4)Folkestone Harbour (190)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Folkestone North East (1)Folkestone Harbour (17)
Vehicle CrimeCheriton & Horn Street (21)Folkestone Harbour (37)
Violence and Sexual OffencesFolkestone Morehall & Sandgate (432)Folkestone Harbour (991)

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 robbery (inc. mugging).

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