Herne and Broomfield Crime Overview

Herne and Broomfield is the second safest small town in Kent, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Herne and Broomfield in 2020 was 16 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 442% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Herne and Broomfield is among the top 20 safest small towns, and the 1,807th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crimes in Herne and Broomfield are violence and sexual offences, with 97 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 10. This is 12% higher than 2019's figure of 85 offences and a difference of 1.24 from 2019's crime rate of 9. Herne and Broomfield'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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Crime in Herne and Broomfield Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Herne and Broomfield This Year

 Herne and BroomfieldKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour424.3448,31625.97498% safer
Bicycle Theft10.101,1650.63530% safer
Burglary50.527,0893.81633% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson232.3818,62210.01321% safer
Drugs30.314,2172.27632% safer
Other Crime20.215,1152.751210% safer
Other Theft80.8310,9545.89610% safer
Public Order40.4113,1587.071624% safer
Vehicle Crime90.939,0874.88425% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences9710.0376,37441.05309% safer

Herne and Broomfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bearsted9411.2340% safer
Herne and Broomfield15215.72-
Birchington21921.3526% more dangerous
Kingsnorth38130.2948% more dangerous
Kings Hill34537.2958% more dangerous
Boxley37238.9260% more dangerous
Frindsbury Extra31641.9363% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Herne and Broomfield

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Herne and Broomfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour3. worse
Bicycle Theft-0.410.100.10Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2. worse
Drugs0.21-0.100.31Getting worse
Other Crime0.410.101.10.21Safer
Other Theft1.60.831.60.83Safer
Public Order0.720.721.40.41Safer
Vehicle Crime2.
Violence and Sexual Offences99910Getting worse

Changes In Herne and Broomfield's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Herne and Broomfield to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Herne and Broomfield15.72-
Barnet67.7177% more dangerous
Coventry77.4180% more dangerous
Croydon83.2281% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8182% more dangerous
Bristol86.2182% more dangerous
Leicester97.4484% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8785% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2885% more dangerous
Bradford133.0288% more dangerous
Leeds137.1089% more dangerous

Crime in Herne and Broomfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Herne & Broomfield28529First

Crime in Herne and Broomfield During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Herne and Broomfield change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Herne and Broomfield saw a 400% increase in anti-social behaviour. Herne and Broomfield saw a large fall in burglary during August, when it fell by 67% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-50%+50%+100%--+350%+200%-50%+400%+33%
Criminal Damage and Arson----50%-67%--25%+100%--
Other Crime---50%-------
Other Theft-----50%---50%+100%-
Public Order----------67%
Vehicle Crime-----50%-----
Violence and Sexual Offences-14%+20%+25%+125%--50%+60%-20%+86%-38%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Herne and Broomfield

What police force serves Herne and Broomfield?
Herne and Broomfield's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.
How dangerous is Herne and Broomfield?
Herne and Broomfield is the second safest small town in Kent.
What is Herne and Broomfield's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Herne and Broomfield are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Herne and Broomfield?
Herne and Broomfield's least common crime is bicycle theft.

Last updated: 07 May 2021