Gravesend Crime Overview

Gravesend is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 21st most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gravesend in 2020 was 117 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 27% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Gravesend is among the top 20 most dangerous medium-sized towns, and the 300th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Gravesend had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 28 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.48 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2020 was also a bad month for Gravesend residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for robbery, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.29 per 1,000 residents. Gravesend recorded 74 reports of vehicle crime during March 2020, making its crime rate of 1.3 the worst for vehicle crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Gravesend are violence and sexual offences, with 3,186 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 1.8% lower than 2019's figure of 3,244 offences and a difference of 0.99 from 2019's crime rate of 55. Gravesend's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 59 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 24% from 2019's figure of 73 crimes.

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Crime in Gravesend Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Gravesend This Year

 GravesendKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,23238.0648,31625.9732% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft591.011,1650.6338% more dangerous
Burglary3526.007,0893.8136% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson82114.0018,62210.0128% more dangerous
Drugs1963.344,2172.2732% more dangerous
Other Crime1993.395,1152.7519% more dangerous
Other Theft4848.2510,9545.8929% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons621.061,3510.7331% more dangerous
Public Order5329.0713,1587.0722% more dangerous
Robbery951.621,3090.7057% more dangerous
Shoplifting3255.549,2254.9610% more dangerous
Theft From the Person711.218340.4563% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4838.249,0874.8841% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,18654.3376,37441.0524% more dangerous

Gravesend Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.9575% safer
Tonbridge2,99972.5961% safer
Sittingbourne5,12095.6022% safer
Dartford5,77698.0419% safer
Northfleet3,485115.930.98% safer
Gravesend6,865117.07-
Folkestone6,191126.547% more dangerous
Ramsgate5,826138.9416% more dangerous
Dover5,271157.1726% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gravesend

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Recent Crimes in Gravesend

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Lingfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lingfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Berkley CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Mungo Park RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Mungo Park RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dickens RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waterton AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Waterton AvenueAction to be taken by another organisation
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Truro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Truro RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Truro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Truro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Truro RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ruffets WoodUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect

Gravesend Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour30262838Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.21.41.21.0Safer
Burglary7876Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson18161614Safer
Drugs1.91.82.63.3Getting worse
Other Crime2.63.63.43.4Getting worse
Other Theft1111108Safer
Possession of Weapons0.780.871.11.1Getting worse
Public Order1015119Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.51.72.01.6Safer
Shoplifting7676Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.20.900.991.2Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1010108Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50565554Getting worse

Changes In Gravesend's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Gravesend's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Gravesend that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Abbots Field----625

Comparing Gravesend to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7173% safer
Coventry77.4151% safer
Croydon83.2241% safer
Sheffield85.8136% safer
Bristol86.2136% safer
Leicester97.4420% safer
Birmingham102.8714% safer
Liverpool107.289% safer
Gravesend117.07-
Bradford133.0212% more dangerous
Leeds137.1015% more dangerous

Crime in Gravesend's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gravesend South & Coldharbour710103Third
Gravesend Town2,698249First
Singlewell71987Fourth
Westcourt959132Second
Windmill Hill70272Fifth

Gravesend Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWindmill Hill (215)Gravesend Town (775)
Bicycle TheftSinglewell (2)Gravesend Town (33)
BurglarySinglewell (30)Gravesend Town (107)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWindmill Hill (74)Gravesend Town (249)
DrugsGravesend South & Coldharbour (9)Gravesend Town (101)
Other CrimeWindmill Hill (15)Gravesend Town (71)
Other TheftWindmill Hill (52)Gravesend South & Coldharbour (156)
Possession of WeaponsGravesend South & Coldharbour (4)Gravesend Town (23)
Public OrderWindmill Hill (44)Gravesend Town (269)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Gravesend South & Coldharbour (1)Gravesend Town (65)
ShopliftingWindmill Hill (3)Gravesend Town (222)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Westcourt (1)Gravesend Town (55)
Vehicle CrimeSinglewell (50)Gravesend Town (111)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWindmill Hill (344)Gravesend Town (1,200)

Crime in Gravesend During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Gravesend change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in March, when Gravesend saw a 800% increase in possession of weapons. Gravesend saw a large fall in bicycle theft during October, when it fell by 83% compared to October in 2019. Rates of public order and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Gravesend's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+29%+92%+91%+14%-12%+40%+23%+5%+40%+85%
Bicycle Theft-80%-29%+33%+250%+80%+250%-50%-83%+17%-67%
Burglary+48%-33%-39%+9%+33%-13%-22%-47%-25%-21%
Criminal Damage and Arson-14%-36%-32%-24%-18%-16%+14%+9%-22%-44%
Drugs-+78%+57%-9%+21%+25%-44%+36%+136%-15%
Other Crime+31%-33%-32%-44%+27%-26%+11%+92%-17%+10%
Other Theft-9%-40%-51%-26%-10%-27%-38%-20%-13%-24%
Possession of Weapons+800%+17%+125%-22%+25%-50%-38%-71%-71%-50%
Public Order+5%-3%-31%-2%-2%-40%-39%-26%-45%-41%
Robbery+50%-80%-75%-46%-8%+67%-56%-69%-30%-56%
Shoplifting-6%-61%-74%-23%-38%-38%-49%+39%-28%-18%
Theft From the Person-13%-50%-20%-75%+25%-+50%-43%+25%+33%
Vehicle Crime+64%-48%-42%-44%-5%-49%-28%+87%-38%-3%
Violence and Sexual Offences-1%0%+1%-1%-11%-5%+31%-7%-14%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Gravesend

What police force serves Gravesend?
Gravesend's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Gravesend?
Gravesend is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent.
What is Gravesend's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Gravesend are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Gravesend?
Gravesend's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021