Herne Bay Crime Overview

Herne Bay is the second safest medium-sized town in Kent, and is the 119th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Herne Bay in 2020 was 62 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 37% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Herne Bay is the 73rd safest medium-sized town, and the 1,915th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2016, Herne Bay was the worst medium-sized town in Kent for burglary, with 47 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2015 was also a bad month for Herne Bay residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 10 crimes at a rate of 0.24 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Herne Bay are violence and sexual offences, with 1,375 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 34. This is 3.1% lower than 2019's figure of 1,417 offences and a difference of 1.03 from 2019's crime rate of 35. Herne Bay's least common crime is bicycle theft, with 13 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 77% from 2019's figure of 23 crimes.

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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 Behaviour78619.2348,31625.9735% safer
Bicycle Theft130.321,1650.6397% safer
Burglary761.867,0893.81105% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2686.5618,62210.0153% safer
Drugs581.424,2172.2760% safer
Other Crime761.865,1152.7548% safer
Other Theft1694.1310,9545.8943% safer
Possession of Weapons170.421,3510.7374% safer
Public Order2135.2113,1587.0736% safer
Robbery240.591,3090.7019% safer
Shoplifting1162.849,2254.9675% safer
Theft From the Person190.468340.452.2% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1172.869,0874.8871% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,37533.6476,37441.0522% safer

Herne Bay Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Whitstable2,00060.183.3% safer
Herne Bay2,54162.16-
Broadstairs and St. Peters1,72966.957% more dangerous
Tonbridge2,99972.5914% more dangerous
Sittingbourne5,12095.6035% more dangerous
Dartford5,77698.0437% more dangerous
Northfleet3,485115.9346% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Herne Bay

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Recent Crimes in Herne Bay

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Canterbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Canterbury RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cavendish RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other crimeOn or near Cavendish RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Sea StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021ShopliftingOn or near Sea StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sea StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sea StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near Mount View RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Other theftOn or near Bristol CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Clare DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near Prospect HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Prospect HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Other theftOn or near York CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Public orderOn or near York CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
August 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Central ParadeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
August 2021Public orderOn or near Telford StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Herne Bay Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour18111419Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.880.660.560.32Safer
Burglary5.03.13.21.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11987Safer
Drugs0.560.981.21.4Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.92.11.9Getting worse
Other Theft554.14.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.170.490.370.42Getting worse
Public Order4.4955Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.540.610.59Getting worse
Shoplifting4.63.952.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.340.240.560.46Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.93.43.22.9Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences28323534Getting 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 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Memorial Park2211-554.7

Comparing Herne Bay to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Herne Bay62.16-
Barnet67.718% more dangerous
Coventry77.4120% more dangerous
Croydon83.2225% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8128% more dangerous
Bristol86.2128% more dangerous
Leicester97.4436% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8740% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2842% more dangerous
Bradford133.0253% more dangerous
Leeds137.1055% more dangerous

Crime in Herne Bay's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Herne Bay Parade1,150143First
Herne Bay South & Greenhill64172Second

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. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Herne Bay's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+26%+105%+74%+102%+6%+65%-20%-15%+74%+100%
Bicycle Theft----50%--75%-67%--75%-50%
Burglary-82%-33%-69%-40%+75%--36%-50%-42%-38%
Criminal Damage and Arson-50%-66%-55%+27%-26%-20%-13%-+6%-4%
Drugs-67%+200%+160%+25%+33%-75%+67%+100%+25%-67%
Other Crime-14%-22%-22%-20%+50%+43%+17%-60%-33%-
Other Theft-46%-45%-+67%-37%-13%+75%+19%+13%+22%
Possession of Weapons-+50%-50%-------
Public Order+13%-24%-50%+156%+5%+50%-20%--17%-7%
Robbery-75%-+400%-60%+100%---33%+400%+100%
Shoplifting-78%-67%-72%-75%-21%-47%-56%+50%-58%-65%
Theft From the Person+50%--+200%+300%---33%-50%-50%
Vehicle Crime+100%-65%-17%+33%+213%-25%+33%-63%-73%-45%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%-36%-22%-12%+12%+18%+28%+20%+6%+2%

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 bicycle theft.

Last updated: 05 Oct 2021