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Crime and Safety in Herne and Broomfield

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Herne and Broomfield is the second safest small town in Kent, and is the third safest overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Herne and Broomfield in 2021 was 1.6 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares similarly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 5539% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Herne and Broomfield is the 30th safest small town, and the 139th safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

The most common crime in Herne and Broomfield is other theft, with 5 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 0.52. This is 40% higher than 2020's figure of 3 offences and a difference of 0.21 from 2020's crime rate of 0.31. Herne and Broomfield's least common crime is burglary, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Herne and Broomfield 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Small Towns, Kent

4539% lower, regional crime rate

South East

4599% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Herne and Broomfield is 4539% lower than the South East and 4599% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Herne and Broomfield Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Herne and Broomfield 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 Herne and Broomfield

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211.615
20202.322
20192.221
20180.525
20170.626
20160.838

Crime in Herne and Broomfield Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Herne and Broomfield This Year

 Herne and BroomfieldKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour70.7237,00419.89 2662% safer
Burglary10.105,9703.21 3110% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson30.3119,28110.36 3242% safer
Drugs10.104,0152.16 2060% safer
Other Theft50.5211,0375.93 1040% safer
Public Order10.1013,7447.39 7290% safer
Shoplifting10.108,8494.76 4660% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30.3182,36844.27 14181% safer

Herne and Broomfield Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Birchington50.49216% safer
Herne and Broomfield151.55-
Bearsted25129.9995% more dangerous
Kings Hill34837.6196% more dangerous
Kingsnorth57345.5597% more dangerous
Walmer47758.3697% more dangerous
Boxley56158.6997% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Herne and Broomfield

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Recent Crimes in Herne and Broomfield

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bullockstone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Thanet WayFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
February 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Falcon CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
January 2022Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
December 2021Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Falcon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Thanet WayUnable to prosecute suspect
October 2021DrugsOn or near Braggs LaneOffender given a drugs possession warning
September 2021Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Braggs LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
September 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Braggs LaneUnable to prosecute suspect
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bullockstone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
June 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bullockstone RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
May 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Braggs LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2021Other theftOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2021BurglaryOn or near Braggs LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
January 2021Public orderOn or near Thanet WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2020Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Braggs LaneUnable to prosecute suspect

Herne and Broomfield Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour0.100.620.520.72 Getting worse
Burglary-0.210.210.10 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson-0.520.210.31 Safer
Other Theft-0.100.310.52 Getting worse
Public Order0.100.10-0.10No change
Violence and Sexual Offences0.410.831.10.31 Safer

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 Broomfield1.55-
Coventry39.9396% more dangerous
Birmingham49.6097% more dangerous
Barnet67.0898% more dangerous
Croydon82.4898% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0398% more dangerous
Bristol90.5298% more dangerous
Leicester111.5999% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0699% more dangerous
Bradford132.2899% more dangerous
Leeds150.9499% more dangerous

Crime in Herne and Broomfield's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Herne & Broomfield41142First

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 October, when Herne and Broomfield saw a 0% increase in anti-social behaviour. Herne and Broomfield saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during October, when it fell by 0% compared to October in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour----------
Other Theft----------
Violence and Sexual Offences----------

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 crime in Herne and Broomfield is other theft.

What is the least common crime in Herne and Broomfield?
Herne and Broomfield's least common crime is burglary.

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