Maidstone Crime Overview

Maidstone is the second safest major town in Kent, and is the 48th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Maidstone in 2020 was 87 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 2.2% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Maidstone is the 51st most dangerous major town, and the 774th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Maidstone had the worst crime rate in Kent for bicycle theft, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Maidstone residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 114 crimes at a rate of 0.95 per 1,000 residents. Maidstone recorded 41 reports of drugs during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.34 the worst for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Maidstone are violence and sexual offences, with 5,198 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 43. This is 2.3% lower than 2019's figure of 5,318 offences and a difference of 1.00 from 2019's crime rate of 44. Maidstone's least common crime is robbery, with 67 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 28% from 2019's figure of 86 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Maidstone This Year

 MaidstoneKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3,40328.3848,31625.978% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft960.801,1650.6321% more dangerous
Burglary3542.957,0893.8129% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,1829.8618,62210.011.5% safer
Drugs3843.204,2172.2729% more dangerous
Other Crime3743.125,1152.7512% more dangerous
Other Theft6195.1610,9545.8914% safer
Possession of Weapons900.751,3510.732.7% more dangerous
Public Order9598.0013,1587.0712% more dangerous
Robbery670.561,3090.7025% safer
Shoplifting5754.809,2254.963.3% safer
Theft From the Person700.588340.4522% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4814.019,0874.8822% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences5,19843.3576,37441.055% more dangerous

Crime in Maidstone Compared To Kent

Maidstone Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Royal Tunbridge Wells4,10867.5029% safer
Maidstone10,44987.14-
Ashford6,75089.692.8% more dangerous
Gillingham11,203103.1716% more dangerous
Rochester6,935104.2816% more dangerous
Chatham8,964110.9121% more dangerous
Margate8,491129.2433% more dangerous

Maidstone Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour20182128Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.11.41.10.80Safer
Burglary4.54.43.83.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson10101210Safer
Drugs2.32.02.63.2Getting worse
Other Crime2.32.43.53.1Getting worse
Other Theft8875Safer
Possession of Weapons0.640.711.10.75Safer
Public Order71298Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.710.950.720.56Safer
Shoplifting7774.8Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.980.840.980.58Safer
Vehicle Crime4.34.34.84.0Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences36424443Getting worse

Changes In Maidstone's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Maidstone to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7129% safer
Coventry77.4113% safer
Croydon83.224.7% safer
Sheffield85.811.5% safer
Bristol86.211.1% safer
Maidstone87.14-
Leicester97.4411% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8715% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2819% more dangerous
Bradford133.0234% more dangerous
Leeds137.1036% more dangerous

Crime in Maidstone's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Allington32235Eighth
Barming1,143106Fourth
Bearsted & Downswood24129Ninth
Grove Green38450Sixth
Loose Valley & Boughton Monchelsea38343Seventh
Maidstone West1,424114Third
Parkwood & Senacre1,573126Second
Penenden Heath49955Fifth
Ringlestone & Central Maidstone3,195267First

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 (90)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (976)
Bicycle TheftAllington (2)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (42)
BurglaryAllington (7)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (83)
Criminal Damage and ArsonAllington (35)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (279)
DrugsGrove Green (3)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (134)
Other CrimeBearsted & Downswood (6)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (150)
Other TheftGrove Green (18)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (178)
Possession of WeaponsAllington (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (37)
Public OrderBearsted & Downswood (21)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (327)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Grove Green (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (26)
ShopliftingLoose Valley & Boughton Monchelsea (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (359)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Allington (1)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (45)
Vehicle CrimeAllington (12)Parkwood & Senacre (101)
Violence and Sexual OffencesBearsted & Downswood (101)Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (1,457)

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 May, 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 criminal damage and arson, possession of weapons, and shoplifting.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+8%+133%+142%+40%-3%+2%+12%+32%+13%+39%
Bicycle Theft-50%-82%-25%-50%+20%+110%-33%-33%-75%+120%
Burglary+23%-+3%-50%-54%+25%-36%-24%-12%-37%
Criminal Damage and Arson-44%-29%-34%-16%-20%-3%-6%+10%-1%-36%
Drugs-27%-68%+36%+85%+36%-14%+56%+78%+44%+86%
Other Crime--13%-43%-41%+21%-13%-26%+23%--13%
Other Theft-42%-50%-38%-51%-33%+11%-31%+7%-41%-30%
Possession of Weapons-43%-74%+33%-36%-40%-57%-44%-31%-50%-44%
Public Order-1%-23%-18%-11%-17%+11%-5%+7%-13%-24%
Robbery+33%-50%+20%--40%--56%-11%+43%-43%
Shoplifting-22%-71%-57%-41%-20%-40%-49%-16%-38%+5%
Theft From the Person-63%-67%-71%-80%+22%+13%+10%-58%-88%-17%
Vehicle Crime+20%-38%-64%-63%+28%+26%-44%+43%-29%-43%
Violence and Sexual Offences-4%-10%-16%-14%+9%+24%-13%+12%-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 second 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).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021