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Crime and Safety in Hythe

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Hythe is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 121st most dangerous overall out of Kent's 331 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hythe in 2021 was 63 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hythe is the 319th most dangerous small town, and the 1,970th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In January 2021, Hythe was the worst small town in Kent for drugs, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. June 2020 was also a bad month for Hythe residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for theft from the person, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents. Hythe recorded 3 reports of robbery during October 2019, making its crime rate of 0.20 the worst small town for robbery in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Hythe are violence and sexual offences, with 549 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 27% higher than 2020's figure of 401 offences and a difference of 9.76 from 2020's crime rate of 26. Hythe's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 150% from 2020's figure of 5 crimes.

Hythe 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 10 Safest

Small Towns, Kent

14% lower, regional crime rate

South East

21% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Hythe is 14% lower than the South East and 21% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Hythe Crime Rate Over Time

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Hythe Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Hythe represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Hythe

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202163960
202056846
201956843
201858875
201750759
201638577

Crime in Hythe Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Hythe This Year

 HytheKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour25917.0937,00419.89 16% safer
Bicycle Theft30.209640.52 160% safer
Burglary201.325,9703.21 143% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1238.1219,28110.36 28% safer
Drugs241.584,0152.16 37% safer
Other Crime221.455,3902.90 100% safer
Other Theft684.4911,0375.93 32% safer
Possession of Weapons20.131,2200.66 408% safer
Public Order734.8213,7447.39 53% safer
Robbery50.331,0640.57 73% safer
Shoplifting342.248,8494.76 112% safer
Theft From the Person40.267940.43 65% safer
Vehicle Crime332.187,9234.26 95% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences54936.2282,37144.27 22% safer

Hythe Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Kings Hill34837.6168% safer
Kingsnorth57345.5539% safer
Walmer47758.369% safer
Boxley56158.698% safer
Southborough77362.681.1% safer
Hythe96063.34-
Sevenoaks1,42664.642.0% more dangerous
Aylesford74665.262.9% more dangerous
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.376% more dangerous
Tenterden53368.317% more dangerous
Paddock Wood56669.709% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hythe

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Recent Crimes in Hythe

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Corunna CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near ReachfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Malthouse HillUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Douglas AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Romney WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Sutherland CloseLocal resolution
April 2022Other theftOn or near North Road WestInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Nicholas RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near South RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Malthouse HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Alexandra CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Wood RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sutherland CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Douglas AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Nicholas RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The FairwayUnable to prosecute suspect

Hythe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour8111917 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.790.590.530.20 Safer
Burglary4.03.62.81.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6768 Getting worse
Drugs0.990.662.01.6 Getting worse
Other Crime1.61.51.91.4 Getting worse
Other Theft6664.5 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.200.400.330.13 Safer
Public Order64.24.04.8 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.260.400.260.33 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.33.63.22.2 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.400.460.330.26 Safer
Vehicle Crime2.93.82.52.2 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24232636 Getting worse

Changes In Hythe's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Hythe's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
South Road Recreation Ground1--1621.7

Comparing Hythe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hythe63.34-
Barnet67.086% more dangerous
Croydon82.4823% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0530% more dangerous
Bristol90.5230% more dangerous
Coventry102.2438% more dangerous
Leicester111.5943% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0649% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6451% more dangerous
Bradford132.2852% more dangerous
Leeds150.9458% more dangerous

Crime in Hythe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hythe55374First

Crime in Hythe During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Hythe change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Hythe saw a 500% increase in drugs. Hythe saw a large fall in burglary during June, when it fell by 86% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-40%+418%+163%+140%+30%+100%+69%+110%-+12%
Bicycle Theft--+200%-------
Burglary-33%-80%-75%-86%-78%-75%+25%+250%+67%+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%-54%-60%+14%-50%-50%-55%-9%-9%+100%
Drugs+33%-+500%----+500%-+200%
Other Crime-50%+200%-33%-+200%+300%--33%-17%-
Other Theft-17%--30%-67%-21%+10%-30%-33%-+200%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+67%-25%-33%+20%-58%+125%-17%-43%-50%+250%
Shoplifting-40%+60%-50%-40%-80%+25%-33%--+50%
Vehicle Crime-50%-25%-25%-67%-50%-67%-45%---67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+9%-41%+3%+38%+56%+16%-3%+60%-23%+65%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Hythe

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

How dangerous is Hythe?
Hythe is among the top 10 safest small town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Hythe?
Hythe's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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