Hythe Crime Overview

Hythe is among the top 10 safest small towns in Kent, and is the 153rd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Hythe in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 53% lower than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Hythe is the 377th most dangerous small town, and the 2,452nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Hythe was the worst small town in Kent for drugs, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.40 per 1,000 inhabitants. March 2019 was also a bad month for Hythe residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 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 401 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 26. This is 13% higher than 2019's figure of 349 offences and a difference of 3.43 from 2019's crime rate of 23. Hythe's least common crime is robbery, with 4 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Hythe Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Hythe This Year

 HytheKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour29519.4648,31625.9733% safer
Bicycle Theft80.531,1650.6319% safer
Burglary432.847,0893.8134% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson905.9418,62210.0169% safer
Drugs312.054,2172.2711% safer
Other Crime291.915,1152.7544% safer
Other Theft845.5410,9545.896% safer
Possession of Weapons50.331,3510.73121% safer
Public Order603.9613,1587.0779% safer
Robbery40.261,3090.70169% safer
Shoplifting483.179,2254.9656% safer
Theft From the Person50.338340.4536% safer
Vehicle Crime382.519,0874.8894% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences40126.4676,37441.0555% safer

Hythe Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Birchington21921.35161% safer
Kingsnorth38130.2984% safer
Kings Hill34537.2950% safer
Boxley37238.9243% safer
Frindsbury Extra31641.9333% safer
Hythe84655.82-
Tenterden43655.880.11% more dangerous
Walmer48659.466% more dangerous
Hawkinge53460.848% more dangerous
Aylesford73264.0413% more dangerous
Southborough80064.8714% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Hythe

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Hythe Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1081119Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.400.790.590.53Safer
Burglary4.44.03.62.8Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8676Safer
Drugs0.990.990.662.0Getting worse
Other Crime0.861.61.51.9Getting worse
Other Theft7666Safer
Possession of Weapons0.460.200.400.33Safer
Public Order3.464.24.0Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.130.260.400.26Safer
Shoplifting3.54.33.63.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.200.400.460.33Safer
Vehicle Crime2.82.93.82.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18242326Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Hythe to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Hythe55.82-
Barnet67.7118% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Hythe's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Hythe49166First

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 towns 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021