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Crime and Safety in Hoo St. Werburgh

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Hoo St. Werburgh is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 55th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hoo St. Werburgh in 2021 was 83 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 5% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hoo St. Werburgh is the 145th most dangerous small town, and the 951st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In August 2020, Hoo St. Werburgh was the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() in Kent for vehicle crime, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 1.4 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2017 was also a bad month for Hoo St. Werburgh residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous SmallTown.ToInlineText() for other crime, recording 5 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Hoo St. Werburgh recorded 2 reports of possession of weapons during July 2015, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst SmallTown.ToInlineText() for possession of weapons in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Hoo St. Werburgh are violence and sexual offences, with 502 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 49. This is 24% higher than 2020's figure of 380 offences and a difference of 11.97 from 2020's crime rate of 37. Hoo St. Werburgh's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2021, the same as 2020's figure of 1 crime.

Hoo St. Werburgh 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

13% higher, regional crime rate

South East

12% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hoo St. Werburgh is 13% higher than the South East and 12% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hoo St. Werburgh Crime Rate Over Time

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Hoo St. Werburgh Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hoo St. Werburgh 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 Hoo St. Werburgh

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202183846
202068694
201977783
201883847
201765658
201653538

Crime in Hoo St. Werburgh Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Hoo St. Werburgh This Year

 Hoo St. WerburghKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25925.4037,00419.89 22% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft20.209640.52 160% safer
Burglary212.065,9703.21 56% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson11110.8919,28110.36 4.9% more dangerous
Drugs131.284,0152.16 69% safer
Other Crime474.615,3902.90 37% more dangerous
Other Theft525.1011,0375.93 16% safer
Possession of Weapons70.691,2200.66 4.3% more dangerous
Public Order585.6913,7447.39 30% safer
Robbery10.101,0640.57 470% safer
Shoplifting10.108,8494.76 4660% safer
Theft From the Person10.107940.43 330% safer
Vehicle Crime302.947,9234.26 45% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences50249.2482,36844.27 10% more dangerous

Hoo St. Werburgh Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Tenterden53368.3121% safer
Paddock Wood56669.7019% safer
East Malling and Larkfield1,02469.7619% safer
Hawkinge63272.0115% safer
Frindsbury Extra55072.9814% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh84682.98-
Edenbridge83585.513.0% more dangerous
Deal1,83487.064.7% more dangerous
Snodland1,04688.106% more dangerous
Swanscombe and Greenhithe1,63691.629% more dangerous
Faversham1,86192.5610% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hoo St. Werburgh

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Recent Crimes in Hoo St. Werburgh

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingsnorth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackman CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Miskin RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Main RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near HerdsdownInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Kingsnorth CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Elmwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Damson DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Kingsnorth CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Belfry DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HerdsdownInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Vidgeon AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Kingsnorth CloseFurther investigation is not in the public interest
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bourdon CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near Elmwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Blackman CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near HerdsdownUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cypress AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect

Hoo St. Werburgh Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour19203125 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.20-0.200.20 Safer
Burglary64.02.92.1 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1310911 Safer
Drugs0.781.10.781.3 Getting worse
Other Crime2.23.32.24.6 Getting worse
Other Theft4.64.24.55 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.690.690.390.69 Getting worse
Public Order12666 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.290.100.100.10 Safer
Shoplifting0.690.290.390.10 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.100.20-0.10 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.73.64.12.9 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences38443749 Getting worse

Changes In Hoo St. Werburgh's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Hoo St. Werburgh to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93108% safer
Birmingham49.6067% safer
Barnet67.0824% safer
Croydon82.480.61% safer
Hoo St. Werburgh82.98-
Sheffield90.038% more dangerous
Bristol90.528% more dangerous
Leicester111.5926% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0633% more dangerous
Bradford132.2837% more dangerous
Leeds150.9445% more dangerous

Crime in Hoo St. Werburgh During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hoo St. Werburgh change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Hoo St. Werburgh saw a 633% increase in anti-social behaviour. Hoo St. Werburgh saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during May, when it fell by 89% compared to May in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+31%+322%+633%+71%-13%--44%+69%+7%+130%
Burglary-60%+100%-75%-67%-50%--67%+20%-+50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+13%-17%-89%-67%+120%-+27%+80%-40%+83%
Drugs----------50%
Other Crime--83%-33%--75%+200%---75%+50%
Other Theft-67%+250%-75%-40%-67%-60%+133%-+300%+67%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order-14%-25%+400%+300%-45%-50%+300%+67%-+67%
Shoplifting----------
Vehicle Crime----50%-33%+133%-+200%+33%+33%
Violence and Sexual Offences-34%-28%-10%-24%-55%-4%+53%+33%-26%+34%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hoo St. Werburgh

What police force serves Hoo St. Werburgh?
Hoo St. Werburgh's local territorial police force is the Kent Police.

How dangerous is Hoo St. Werburgh?
Hoo St. Werburgh is among the top 10 most dangerous small towns in Kent.

What is Hoo St. Werburgh's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Hoo St. Werburgh are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Hoo St. Werburgh?
Hoo St. Werburgh's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

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