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Crime and Safety in Maidstone

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Maidstone is the third safest major town in Kent, and is the 42nd most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Maidstone in 2021 was 91 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 4.3% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Maidstone is the 46th most dangerous major town, and the 735th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2021, Maidstone had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 15 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.13 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2021 was also a bad month for Maidstone residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 141 crimes at a rate of 1.2 per 1,000 residents. Maidstone recorded 29 reports of drugs during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Maidstone are violence and sexual offences, with 5,653 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 47. This is 8% higher than 2020's figure of 5,213 offences and a difference of 3.67 from 2020's crime rate of 43. Maidstone's least common crime is robbery, with 53 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 28% from 2020's figure of 68 crimes.

Maidstone 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Major Towns, Kent

21% higher, regional crime rate

South East

20% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Maidstone is 21% higher than the South East and 20% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Maidstone Crime Rate Over Time

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Maidstone Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Maidstone 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 Maidstone

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20219110,947
20208710,397
20199711,647
20189611,455
20178410,096
2016627,424

Crime in Maidstone Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Maidstone This Year

 MaidstoneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,57221.4537,00419.89 7% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft850.719640.52 27% more dangerous
Burglary3152.635,9703.21 22% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,32711.0719,28110.36 6% more dangerous
Drugs2852.384,0152.16 9% more dangerous
Other Crime3763.145,3902.90 8% more dangerous
Other Theft6805.6711,0375.93 4.6% safer
Possession of Weapons860.721,2200.66 8% more dangerous
Public Order1,0358.6313,7447.39 14% more dangerous
Robbery530.441,0640.57 30% safer
Shoplifting5944.958,8494.76 3.8% more dangerous
Theft From the Person630.537940.43 19% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime3953.297,9234.26 29% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,65347.1582,36844.27 6% more dangerous

Maidstone Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells3,71361.0150% safer
Ashford6,85091.020.31% safer
Maidstone10,94791.30-
Rochester6,747101.4510% more dangerous
Gillingham11,987110.3917% more dangerous
Chatham9,392116.2121% more dangerous
Margate8,388127.6828% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Maidstone

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Recent Crimes in Maidstone

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Michael'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other crimeOn or near Wotton CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Bearsted RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Theft from the personOn or near Ashford RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Public orderOn or near Spring ValeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Wheeler StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Staplers CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Woodside RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hampshire DriveLocal resolution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Foley StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Saltwood RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Finglesham CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Public orderOn or near King StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Possession of weaponsOn or near St Michael'S RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Shelley RoadOffender given a caution
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bosman CloseUnable to prosecute suspect

Maidstone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17212821 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.00.780.71 Safer
Burglary4.53.82.92.6 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10121011 Getting worse
Drugs2.02.63.22.4 Getting worse
Other Crime2.43.53.23.1 Getting worse
Other Theft774.96 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.731.10.730.72 Safer
Public Order12989 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.960.690.570.44 Safer
Shoplifting774.85.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.830.980.590.53 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.24.84.03.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences42454347 Getting worse

Changes In Maidstone's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Maidstone's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
King George V Playing Field21---11.7
South Park1---210.76
St Philip's Church2516-5691

Comparing Maidstone to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93129% safer
Birmingham49.6084% safer
Barnet67.0836% safer
Croydon82.4811% safer
Sheffield90.031.4% safer
Bristol90.520.86% safer
Maidstone91.30-
Leicester111.5918% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0626% more dangerous
Bradford132.2831% more dangerous
Leeds150.9440% more dangerous

Crime in Maidstone's Neighbourhoods

Ringlestone & Central Maidstone is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Maidstone, followed by Maidstone West in second place, and Parkwood & Senacre as the third most dangerous area. Maidstone's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Allington, Bearsted & Downswood, and Penenden Heath.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allington37440Eighth
Barming1,146106Fourth
Bearsted & Downswood28134Ninth
Grove Green44358Sixth
Loose Valley & Boughton Monchelsea53160Fifth
Maidstone West1,618130Second
Parkwood & Senacre1,477118Third
Penenden Heath45049Seventh
Ringlestone & Central Maidstone3,126261First

Maidstone Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Maidstone for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourAllington (77)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (694)
Bicycle TheftLoose Valley & Boughton Monchelsea (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (31)
BurglaryBearsted & Downswood (6)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (73)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAllington (46)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (286)
DrugsBearsted & Downswood (6)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (99)
Other CrimeGrove Green (8)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (102)
Other TheftAllington (16)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (204)
Possession of WeaponsAllington (2)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (26)
Public OrderPenenden Heath (25)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (372)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Allington (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (22)
ShopliftingPenenden Heath (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (279)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Parkwood & Senacre (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (39)
Vehicle CrimeAllington (12)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (83)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBearsted & Downswood (110)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (1,510)

Crime in Maidstone During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Maidstone change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Maidstone saw a 142% increase in anti-social behaviour. Maidstone saw a large fall in theft from the person during November, when it fell by 88% compared to November in 2019. Maidstone saw consistent falls in the crime rate of several types of crime during every month of its Coronavirus lockdown, including other theft, possession of weapons, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+142%+135%+33%-5%+2%+12%+31%+9%+42%
Bicycle Theft-50%-82%-33%-43%+20%+122%-20%-44%-67%+120%
Burglary+38%-5%-18%-52%-51%+21%-34%-37%+7%-43%
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-36%-30%-15%-18%+5%-13%+3%-2%-37%
Drugs-24%-69%+36%+85%+36%-11%+52%+78%+40%+100%
Other Crime+4%-9%-47%-36%+29%-15%-29%+23%+7%-6%
Other Theft-40%-49%-40%-51%-35%+5%-32%-4%-44%-27%
Possession of Weapons-43%-74%+30%-36%-36%-57%-50%-38%-50%-44%
Public Order-5%-24%-19%-12%-15%+12%-11%+6%-15%-26%
Robbery+33%-50%+50%--40%+100%-56%-11%+43%-43%
Shoplifting-22%-70%-58%-42%-18%-40%-48%-18%-37%+2%
Theft From the Person-63%-67%-71%-80%+22%+13%+20%-58%-88%-17%
Vehicle Crime+25%-38%-67%-65%+44%+16%-44%+33%-22%-34%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-12%-16%-15%+11%+23%-12%+10%-8%-5%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Maidstone

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

How dangerous is Maidstone?
Maidstone is the third safest major town in Kent.

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

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

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