Hawkinge Crime Overview

Hawkinge is among the top 20 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 127th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hawkinge in 2020 was 61 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 40% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hawkinge is the 305th most dangerous small town, and the 2,027th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2017, Hawkinge was the worst small town in Kent for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.68 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2017 was also a bad month for Hawkinge residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.11 per 1,000 residents. Hawkinge recorded 3 reports of other crime during January 2016, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst small town for other crime in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Hawkinge are violence and sexual offences, with 313 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 274 offences and a difference of 4.44 from 2019's crime rate of 31. Hawkinge's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 1 crime.

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

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Crime in Hawkinge Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Hawkinge This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour21524.5048,31625.976% safer
Bicycle Theft10.111,1650.63473% safer
Burglary192.167,0893.8176% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson697.8618,62210.0127% safer
Drugs70.804,2172.27184% safer
Other Crime151.715,1152.7561% safer
Other Theft222.5110,9545.89135% safer
Possession of Weapons20.231,3510.73217% safer
Public Order475.3513,1587.0732% safer
Robbery20.231,3090.70204% safer
Shoplifting182.059,2254.96142% safer
Vehicle Crime192.169,0874.88126% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31335.6676,37441.0515% safer

Hawkinge Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Boxley37238.9256% safer
Frindsbury Extra31641.9345% safer
Hythe84655.829% safer
Tenterden43655.889% safer
Walmer48659.462.3% safer
Aylesford73264.045.0% more dangerous
Southborough80064.876% more dangerous
Sevenoaks1,45766.048% more dangerous
Paddock Wood55067.7310% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh69468.0711% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hawkinge

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Hawkinge Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour13111924Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.340.230.110.11Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6998Safer
Other Crime2.
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons-0.340.460.23Safer
Public Order4.383.85Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Vehicle Crime3.
Violence and Sexual Offences26323136Getting worse

Changes In Hawkinge's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hawkinge to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7110% more dangerous
Coventry77.4121% more dangerous
Croydon83.2227% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8129% more dangerous
Bristol86.2129% more dangerous
Leicester97.4438% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8741% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2843% more dangerous
Bradford133.0254% more dangerous
Leeds137.1056% more dangerous

Crime in Hawkinge's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank

Crime in Hawkinge During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hawkinge change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Hawkinge saw a 250% increase in vehicle crime. Hawkinge saw a large fall in shoplifting during August, when it fell by 93% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-82%+47%+100%+163%-39%-+50%+42%+73%+77%
Criminal Damage and Arson-+150%-60%+50%-64%+50%-45%-75%+80%-50%
Other Crime--50%-33%-75%+200%+50%---+50%
Other Theft+100%-80%---50%--75%-50%-25%-50%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--50%-+100%+100%+29%-33%+50%-40%-
Vehicle Crime----+100%-+250%-+200%-
Violence and Sexual Offences--35%-63%+22%+39%+119%+60%+30%+4%-

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hawkinge

What police force serves Hawkinge?
Hawkinge's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Hawkinge?
Hawkinge is among the top 20 safest small towns in Kent.
What is Hawkinge's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hawkinge are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Hawkinge?
Hawkinge's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021