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Crime and Safety in Gravesend, Kent

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Gravesend is among the top 5 most dangerous medium-sized towns in Kent, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Gravesend in 2021 was 111 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, Gravesend is the 31st most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 415th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2021, Gravesend had the worst crime rate in Kent for robbery, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Gravesend residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for vehicle crime, recording 72 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Gravesend recorded 4 reports of theft from the person during May 2020, making its crime rate of 0.07 the worst for theft from the person in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Gravesend are violence and sexual offences, with 3,144 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 54. This is 1.3% lower than 2020's figure of 3,185 offences and a difference of 0.69 from 2020's crime rate of 54. Gravesend's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 33 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 79% from 2020's figure of 59 crimes.

Gravesend 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 5 Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized 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 Gravesend is 35% higher than the South East and 34% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Gravesend Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Gravesend 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 Gravesend

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211116,514
20201176,863
20191287,505
20181317,706
20171227,125
2016925,379

Crime in Gravesend Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Gravesend This Year

 GravesendKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,65428.2137,00419.89 29% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft330.569640.52 7% more dangerous
Burglary2263.855,9703.21 17% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson79113.4919,28110.36 23% more dangerous
Drugs1712.924,0152.16 26% more dangerous
Other Crime2193.735,3902.90 22% more dangerous
Other Theft4096.9711,0375.93 15% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons530.901,2200.66 27% more dangerous
Public Order5429.2413,7447.39 20% more dangerous
Robbery711.211,0640.57 53% more dangerous
Shoplifting3325.668,8494.76 16% more dangerous
Theft From the Person520.897940.43 52% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4718.037,9234.26 47% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences3,14453.6282,36844.27 17% more dangerous

Gravesend Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Herne Bay2,78168.0463% safer
Tonbridge2,83268.5562% safer
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5947% safer
Sittingbourne5,383100.5211% safer
Dartford6,222105.615% safer
Gravesend6,514111.08-
Northfleet3,578119.037% more dangerous
Folkestone5,936121.328% more dangerous
Ramsgate6,112145.7624% more dangerous
Dover5,265156.9929% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Gravesend

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Recent Crimes in Gravesend

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022BurglaryOn or near King StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Havengore AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St James'S StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Arthur Street WestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near West Crescent RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022BurglaryOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Stone StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Portland RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Lapis CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022DrugsOn or near Barrack RowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near King StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Thomas'S AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St James'S AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Gunfleet CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Gravesend Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour26283828 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.21.00.56 Safer
Burglary8763.8 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16161413 Safer
Drugs1.82.63.32.9 Getting worse
Other Crime3.53.43.43.7 Getting worse
Other Theft111087 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.871.11.10.90 Safer
Public Order151199 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.72.01.61.2 Safer
Shoplifting6766 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.900.991.20.89 Safer
Vehicle Crime101088 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences56555454 Getting 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 2021.

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

Comparing Gravesend to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93178% safer
Birmingham49.60124% safer
Barnet67.0866% safer
Croydon82.4835% safer
Sheffield90.0323% safer
Bristol90.5223% safer
Gravesend111.08-
Leicester111.590.46% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0610% more dangerous
Bradford132.2816% more dangerous
Leeds150.9426% more dangerous

Crime in Gravesend's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Gravesend South & Coldharbour725106Third
Gravesend Town2,560236First
Singlewell70385Fourth
Westcourt1,008139Second
Windmill Hill62864Fifth

Gravesend Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWindmill Hill (168)Gravesend Town (557)
Bicycle TheftSinglewell (1)Gravesend Town (20)
BurglaryGravesend South & Coldharbour (14)Gravesend Town (73)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWindmill Hill (67)Gravesend Town (235)
DrugsSinglewell (11)Gravesend Town (92)
Other CrimeGravesend South & Coldharbour (21)Gravesend Town (67)
Other TheftWindmill Hill (38)Gravesend South & Coldharbour (113)
Possession of WeaponsWindmill Hill (3)Gravesend Town (30)
Public OrderWindmill Hill (49)Gravesend Town (250)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Singlewell (3)Gravesend Town (44)
ShopliftingSinglewell (6)Gravesend Town (257)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Gravesend South & Coldharbour (1)Gravesend Town (33)
Vehicle CrimeSinglewell (40)Gravesend Town (133)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWindmill Hill (302)Gravesend Town (1,152)

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%+91%+90%+14%-12%+40%+23%+5%+40%+84%
Bicycle Theft-80%-29%+33%+250%+80%+250%-50%-83%+17%-67%
Burglary+48%-33%-39%+14%+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.

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