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Crime and Safety in Gillingham, Kent

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Gillingham is the third most dangerous major town in Kent, and is the 25th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gillingham in 2021 was 110 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 21% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gillingham is among the top 20 most dangerous major towns, and the 426th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Gillingham had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 40 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.37 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Gillingham residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 122 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Gillingham recorded 80 reports of other theft during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.74 the worst for other theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Gillingham are violence and sexual offences, with 6,340 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 58. This is 12% higher than 2020's figure of 5,581 offences and a difference of 6.99 from 2020's crime rate of 51. Gillingham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 65 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 1.5% from 2020's figure of 64 crimes.

Gillingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Major Towns, Kent

35% higher, regional crime rate

South East

34% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Gillingham is 35% higher than the South East and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gillingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Gillingham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Gillingham 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 Gillingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202111011,987
202010311,195
201910911,828
201810911,833
201710110,995
2016737,933

Crime in Gillingham Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Gillingham This Year

 GillinghamKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57723.7337,00419.89 16% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft690.649640.52 19% more dangerous
Burglary3543.265,9703.21 1.5% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson1,44313.2919,28110.36 22% more dangerous
Drugs2432.244,0152.16 3.6% more dangerous
Other Crime3473.205,3902.90 9% more dangerous
Other Theft7727.1111,0375.93 17% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons900.831,2200.66 20% more dangerous
Public Order1,0599.7513,7447.39 24% more dangerous
Robbery960.881,0640.57 35% more dangerous
Shoplifting6145.658,8494.76 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person650.607940.43 28% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4954.567,9234.26 7% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences6,34058.3982,36844.27 24% more dangerous

Gillingham Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.0181% safer
Ashford6,85091.0221% safer
Maidstone10,94791.3021% safer
Rochester6,747101.459% safer
Gillingham11,987110.39-
Chatham9,392116.215% more dangerous
Margate8,388127.6814% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gillingham

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Recent Crimes in Gillingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Cleveland RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hunters WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Leyton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WoodsideInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Cozenton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wooldeys RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Cornwallis AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chester RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beechings WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near First AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Woodchurch CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park AvenueFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lambourne PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Gillingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18202924 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.40.870.660.64 Safer
Burglary563.83.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11121213 Getting worse
Drugs1.61.82.92.2 Getting worse
Other Crime3.03.33.23.2 Getting worse
Other Theft81067 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.550.840.870.83 Getting worse
Public Order12101010 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.41.31.20.88 Safer
Shoplifting6666 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.640.870.590.60 Safer
Vehicle Crime864.94.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences49505158 Getting worse

Changes In Gillingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Gillingham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Balmoral Gardens4-2-4316
Kings Frith Playing Fields1----20.41
Rookery Fields Recreation Ground7-6-5813
Ryetop Playing Field1----11.6

Comparing Gillingham to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93176% safer
Birmingham49.60123% safer
Barnet67.0865% safer
Croydon82.4834% safer
Sheffield90.0323% safer
Bristol90.5222% safer
Gillingham110.39-
Leicester111.591.1% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0610% more dangerous
Bradford132.2817% more dangerous
Leeds150.9427% more dangerous

Crime in Gillingham's Neighbourhoods

Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Gillingham, followed by Gillingham Central in second place, and Gillingham East as the third most dangerous area. Gillingham's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Hempstead & Wigmore, Parkwood West, and Rainham South East.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside3,519358First
Chatham Maritime1,456158Fifth
Gillingham Central2,037262Second
Gillingham East1,483185Third
Gillingham North1,168141Sixth
Gillingham North East74196Seventh
Gillingham South1,181165Fourth
Hempstead & Wigmore2883713th
Parkwood West3805211th
Rainham North East67794Ninth
Rainham South East2804412th
Rainham South West48181Tenth
Twydall84095Eighth

Gillingham Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourRainham South East (56)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (832)
Bicycle TheftGillingham North East (1)Chatham Maritime (21)
BurglaryHempstead & Wigmore (8)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (149)
Criminal Damage and ArsonRainham South East (21)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (335)
DrugsParkwood West (2)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (124)
Other CrimeRainham South East (5)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (91)
Other TheftParkwood West (20)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (204)
Possession of WeaponsParkwood West (2)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (47)
Public OrderParkwood West (16)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (407)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Rainham South East (1)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (69)
ShopliftingParkwood West (9)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (263)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Twydall (1)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (44)
Vehicle CrimeParkwood West (14)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (100)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHempstead & Wigmore (109)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (1,667)

Crime in Gillingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gillingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in July, when Gillingham saw a 191% increase in drugs. Gillingham saw a large fall in robbery during May, when it fell by 78% compared to May in 2019. Rates of burglary and theft from the person both fell year-on-year for every month during Gillingham's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+37%+150%+116%+34%-3%+4%+35%+14%+30%+74%
Bicycle Theft-42%--33%+167%+25%-20%-57%-67%-44%-38%
Burglary-56%-33%-39%-17%+7%-11%-43%-55%-58%-56%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%+55%-11%-9%+18%-9%-7%-21%-11%-33%
Drugs+21%+140%+81%+133%+191%+31%+44%+5%-27%+69%
Other Crime-6%+24%-29%+36%+5%+48%-7%-6%-18%+16%
Other Theft-47%-45%-43%-42%-40%-39%-33%-36%-51%-37%
Possession of Weapons+36%-11%+33%+57%+100%-67%-10%-58%-29%-25%
Public Order-21%+21%-2%+19%-17%+22%-18%-25%-28%+17%
Robbery+10%-35%-78%+33%-+8%-31%-+30%-38%
Shoplifting-8%-51%-59%-53%+25%+91%-32%+30%+6%-4%
Theft From the Person-78%-17%-33%-50%-50%-20%+150%-33%-38%-14%
Vehicle Crime-13%-32%+12%+47%-18%-30%-65%-24%-55%+7%
Violence and Sexual Offences+8%-3%-5%-3%-4%+25%+11%+7%-12%-2%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gillingham

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

How dangerous is Gillingham?
Gillingham is the third most dangerous major town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Gillingham?
Gillingham's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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