Gillingham Crime Overview

Gillingham is among the top 5 most dangerous major towns in Kent, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gillingham in 2020 was 103 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 17% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gillingham is the 26th most dangerous major town, and the 448th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In July 2020, Gillingham had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 31 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.29 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Gillingham residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 86 crimes at a rate of 0.79 per 1,000 residents. Gillingham recorded 56 reports of other theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.52 the worst for other theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Gillingham are violence and sexual offences, with 5,587 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 51. This is 3.2% higher than 2019's figure of 5,411 offences and a difference of 1.62 from 2019's crime rate of 50. Gillingham's least common crime is theft from the person, with 64 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 48% from 2019's figure of 95 crimes.

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See how Gillingham shapes up compared to other locations around the country, including side-by-side comparisons of specific crime types, and separate charting of how Gillingham and your comparison town's crime rates stack up against one another.

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Crime in Gillingham Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Gillingham This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,12928.8248,31625.9710% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft720.661,1650.634.5% more dangerous
Burglary4103.787,0893.810.79% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,28111.8018,62210.0115% more dangerous
Drugs3142.894,2172.2721% more dangerous
Other Crime3493.215,1152.7514% more dangerous
Other Theft6796.2510,9545.896% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons940.871,3510.7316% more dangerous
Public Order1,0469.6313,1587.0727% more dangerous
Robbery1331.221,3090.7043% more dangerous
Shoplifting6395.889,2254.9616% more dangerous
Theft From the Person640.598340.4524% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime5354.939,0874.881.0% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences5,58751.4576,37441.0520% more dangerous

Gillingham Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells4,10867.5053% safer
Maidstone10,44987.1418% safer
Ashford6,75089.6915% safer
Rochester6,935104.281.1% more dangerous
Chatham8,964110.917% more dangerous
Margate8,491129.2420% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gillingham

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Gillingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour26182029Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.71.40.870.66Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson12111212Getting worse
Drugs1. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft98106Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.550.840.87Getting worse
Public Order8121010Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.420.640.870.59Safer
Vehicle Crime8864.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences41495051Getting 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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7152% safer
Coventry77.4133% safer
Croydon83.2224% safer
Sheffield85.8120% safer
Bristol86.2120% safer
Leicester97.446% safer
Birmingham102.870.29% safer
Liverpool107.283.8% more dangerous
Bradford133.0222% more dangerous
Leeds137.1025% 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 Riverside3,658372First
Chatham Maritime1,319143Fifth
Gillingham Central1,690217Second
Gillingham East1,284160Third
Gillingham North1,016122Sixth
Gillingham North East888115Seventh
Gillingham South1,114156Fourth
Hempstead & Wigmore2763513th
Parkwood West3354611th
Rainham North East726101Ninth
Rainham South East2734312th
Rainham South West45978Tenth

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 BehaviourHempstead & Wigmore (98)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (943)
Bicycle TheftRainham North East (2)Gillingham East (18)
BurglaryHempstead & Wigmore (12)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (148)
Criminal Damage and ArsonHempstead & Wigmore (20)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (313)
DrugsRainham North East (2)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (165)
Other CrimeRainham South East (7)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (100)
Other TheftHempstead & Wigmore (18)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (234)
Possession of WeaponsRainham South West (1)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (54)
Public OrderHempstead & Wigmore (25)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (389)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Rainham South East (1)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (90)
ShopliftingParkwood West (2)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (319)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Twydall (1)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (53)
Vehicle CrimeHempstead & Wigmore (14)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (103)
Violence and Sexual OffencesHempstead & Wigmore (100)Chatham Central and Rochester Riverside (1,669)

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+37%+149%+115%+33%-3%+3%+35%+12%+29%+72%
Bicycle Theft-42%--33%+167%+25%-20%-57%-67%-44%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson+8%+55%-11%-9%+18%-9%-7%-20%-11%-33%
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%
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%-6%-2%-4%+25%+11%+7%-12%-1%

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 among the top 5 most dangerous major towns 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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021