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Crime and Safety in Herne Bay, Kent

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Herne Bay is the second safest medium-sized town in Kent, and is the 93rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Herne Bay in 2021 was 68 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 28% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Herne Bay is the 94th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,621st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2019, Herne Bay was the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for theft from the person, with 5 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2016 was also a bad month for Herne Bay residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous MediumTown.ToInlineText() for burglary, recording 49 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Herne Bay recorded 11 reports of bicycle theft during October 2015, making its crime rate of 0.27 the worst MediumTown.ToInlineText() for bicycle theft in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Herne Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 1,613 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 39. This is 9% higher than 2020's figure of 1,461 offences and a difference of 3.72 from 2020's crime rate of 36. Herne Bay's least common crime is theft from the person, with 11 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 73% from 2020's figure of 19 crimes.

Herne Bay 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Kent

6% lower, regional crime rate

South East

7% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Herne Bay is 6% lower than the South East and 7% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Herne Bay Crime Rate Over Time

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Herne Bay Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Herne Bay 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 Bay

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021682,781
2020652,671
2019732,971
2018732,991
2017712,886
2016512,085

Crime in Herne Bay Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Herne Bay This Year

 Herne BayKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour72217.6637,00419.89 13% safer
Bicycle Theft170.429640.52 24% safer
Burglary781.915,9703.21 68% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2927.1419,28110.36 45% safer
Drugs400.984,0152.16 120% safer
Other Crime1002.455,3902.90 18% safer
Other Theft1573.8411,0375.93 54% safer
Possession of Weapons150.371,2200.66 78% safer
Public Order2375.8013,7447.39 27% safer
Robbery260.641,0640.57 11% more dangerous
Shoplifting1112.728,8494.76 75% safer
Theft From the Person110.277940.43 59% safer
Vehicle Crime842.057,9234.26 108% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,61339.4682,36844.27 12% safer

Herne Bay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,02460.9012% safer
Herne Bay2,78168.04-
Tonbridge2,83268.550.74% more dangerous
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,95275.5910% more dangerous
Sittingbourne5,383100.5232% more dangerous
Dartford6,222105.6136% more dangerous
Gravesend6,514111.0839% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Herne Bay

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Recent Crimes in Herne Bay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near King Edward AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenhill RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Malvern ParkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near St George'S TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Telford StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Canterbury RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vinten CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bridle WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wye GreenUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Gosfield RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Little Charles StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022DrugsOn or near Dolphin StreetFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Blenheim CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Greenhill Bridge RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Hillbrow AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Orchard RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Oxenden StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talmead RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Public orderOn or near Station RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Herne Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour12142018 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.760.590.340.42 Safer
Burglary3.23.31.91.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9977 Safer
Drugs0.981.21.50.98 Getting worse
Other Crime1.92.31.92.4 Getting worse
Other Theft54.44.33.8 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.510.390.420.37 Getting worse
Public Order9556 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.610.590.64 Getting worse
Shoplifting3.952.82.7 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.240.610.460.27 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.03.53.02.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences34373639 Getting worse

Changes In Herne Bay's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Herne Bay's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Herne Bay that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Memorial Park2211-554.7

Comparing Herne Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.9370% safer
Birmingham49.6037% safer
Barnet67.081.4% safer
Herne Bay68.04-
Croydon82.4818% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0324% more dangerous
Bristol90.5225% more dangerous
Leicester111.5939% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0645% more dangerous
Bradford132.2849% more dangerous
Leeds150.9455% more dangerous

Crime in Herne Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Herne Bay Parade1,116138First
Herne Bay South & Greenhill64272Second

Crime in Herne Bay During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Herne Bay change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Herne Bay saw a 400% increase in robbery. Herne Bay saw a large fall in burglary during March, when it fell by 82% compared to March in 2019. Rates of burglary and shoplifting both fell year-on-year for every month during Herne Bay's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+17%+107%+78%+104%+3%+75%-12%-17%+81%+104%
Bicycle Theft----50%--75%-67%--75%-50%
Burglary-82%-40%-69%-40%+75%-13%-42%-44%-42%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson-52%-67%-58%+30%-26%--14%+3%+12%-
Drugs-67%+200%+180%+25%+33%-50%+67%+100%--33%
Other Crime-14%-22%-11%-33%+50%+43%--65%-33%-
Other Theft-46%-52%+8%+78%-38%-18%+75%+6%+27%+20%
Possession of Weapons-+50%-50%-----+200%-
Public Order--14%-52%+130%-+50%-23%--29%-18%
Robbery-75%-+400%-60%+100%---33%+400%+100%
Shoplifting-78%-68%-72%-76%-21%-47%-56%+50%-58%-65%
Theft From the Person+50%--+50%+300%---33%-67%-50%
Vehicle Crime+90%-68%+17%+33%+150%-40%+14%-56%-73%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-36%-21%-6%+14%+15%+28%+16%+9%+1%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Herne Bay

What police force serves Herne Bay?
Herne Bay's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Herne Bay?
Herne Bay is the second safest medium-sized town in Kent.

What is Herne Bay's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Herne Bay are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Herne Bay?
Herne Bay's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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