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.
Medium-Sized Towns, Kent
6% lower, regional crime rate
7% lower, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
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.
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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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Last updated: 11 May, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||722||17.66||37,004||19.89||13% safer|
|Bicycle Theft||17||0.42||964||0.52||24% safer|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||292||7.14||19,281||10.36||45% safer|
|Other Crime||100||2.45||5,390||2.90||18% safer|
|Other Theft||157||3.84||11,037||5.93||54% safer|
|Possession of Weapons||15||0.37||1,220||0.66||78% safer|
|Public Order||237||5.80||13,744||7.39||27% safer|
|Robbery||26||0.64||1,064||0.57||11% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||11||0.27||794||0.43||59% safer|
|Vehicle Crime||84||2.05||7,923||4.26||108% safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||1,613||39.46||82,368||44.27||12% safer|
|Medium-Sized Town||Total Crimes||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Tonbridge||2,832||68.55||0.74% more dangerous|
|Broadstairs and St. Peters||1,952||75.59||10% more dangerous|
|Sittingbourne||5,383||100.52||32% more dangerous|
|Dartford||6,222||105.61||36% more dangerous|
|Gravesend||6,514||111.08||39% more dangerous|
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|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near King Edward Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Greenhill Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Malvern Park||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Shopping Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Other theft||On or near St George'S Terrace||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Telford Street||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Canterbury Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Vinten Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Bridle Way||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Wye Green||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Gosfield Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Little Charles Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Drugs||On or near Dolphin Street||Further investigation is not in the public interest|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Blenheim Close||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Greenhill Bridge Road||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Hillbrow Avenue||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Orchard Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Oxenden Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|March 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Talmead Road||Action to be taken by another organisation|
|March 2022||Public order||On or near Station Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||12||14||20||18||Getting worse|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||9||9||7||7||Safer|
|Other Crime||1.9||2.3||1.9||2.4||Getting worse|
|Possession of Weapons||0.51||0.39||0.42||0.37||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.54||0.61||0.59||0.64||Getting worse|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||0.24||0.61||0.46||0.27||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||34||37||36||39||Getting worse|
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|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Medium-Sized Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Croydon||82.48||18% more dangerous|
|Sheffield||90.03||24% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||25% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||39% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||45% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||49% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||55% more dangerous|
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Herne Bay Parade||1,116||138||First|
|Herne Bay South & Greenhill||642||72||Second|
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.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-52%||-67%||-58%||+30%||-26%||-||-14%||+3%||+12%||-|
|Possession of Weapons||-||+50%||-50%||-||-||-||-||-||+200%||-|
|Theft From the Person||+50%||-||-||+50%||+300%||-||-||-33%||-67%||-50%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||-9%||-36%||-21%||-6%||+14%||+15%||+28%||+16%||+9%||+1%|