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Crime and Safety in Margate, Kent

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Margate is the most dangerous major town in Kent, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 333 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Margate in 2021 was 128 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Margate is among the top 10 most dangerous major towns, and the 268th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2021, Margate had the worst crime rate in Kent for drugs, with 25 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.38 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Margate residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for burglary, recording 38 crimes at a rate of 0.58 per 1,000 residents. Margate recorded 12 reports of possession of weapons during November 2021, making its crime rate of 0.18 the worst for possession of weapons in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Margate are violence and sexual offences, with 4,530 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 69. This is 1.3% higher than 2020's figure of 4,471 offences and a difference of 0.90 from 2020's crime rate of 68. Margate's least common crime is theft from the person, with 38 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 5% from 2020's figure of 40 crimes.

Margate 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Major Towns, Kent

44% higher, regional crime rate

South East

43% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Margate is 44% higher than the South East and 43% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Margate Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Margate 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 Margate

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20211288,388
20201338,741
20191419,274
20181449,443
20171258,218
20161006,593

Crime in Margate Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Margate This Year

 MargateKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,91329.1237,00419.89 32% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft460.709640.52 26% more dangerous
Burglary2634.005,9703.21 20% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson89113.5619,28110.36 24% more dangerous
Drugs2844.324,0152.16 50% more dangerous
Other Crime2583.935,3902.90 26% more dangerous
Other Theft5378.1711,0375.93 27% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons821.251,2200.66 47% more dangerous
Public Order78811.9913,7447.39 38% more dangerous
Robbery530.811,0640.57 30% more dangerous
Shoplifting3545.398,8494.76 12% more dangerous
Theft From the Person380.587940.43 26% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime2644.027,9234.26 6% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences4,53068.9582,36844.27 36% more dangerous

Margate Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Ashford6,85091.0240% safer
Maidstone10,94791.3040% safer
Rochester6,747101.4526% safer
Gillingham11,987110.3916% safer
Chatham9,392116.2110% safer
Margate8,388127.68-

Crime Over Time in Margate

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Recent Crimes in Margate

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Roselawn GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022BurglaryOn or near Sea View RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022ShopliftingOn or near Enterprise WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Other theftOn or near Union RowUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Talbot RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near ChurchfieldsUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Riverhead CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Michelle GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Other theftOn or near Clifton GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cowper RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Old School GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near NightclubUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ransome WayUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Cowley RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Meeting CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chapel Hill CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Dane RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Marine DriveOffender given a caution
March 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Birds AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
March 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Church RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Margate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour27284029 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.40.841.30.70 Safer
Burglary864.84.0 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson16161514 Safer
Drugs2.94.24.34.3 Getting worse
Other Crime3.73.84.33.9 Getting worse
Other Theft111188 Safer
Possession of Weapons1.21.41.21.2 Getting worse
Public Order17141212 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)1.71.61.30.81 Safer
Shoplifting5655 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.730.850.610.58 Safer
Vehicle Crime81074.0 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences68666869 Getting worse

Changes In Margate's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Margate to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Coventry39.93220% safer
Birmingham49.60157% safer
Barnet67.0890% safer
Croydon82.4855% safer
Sheffield90.0342% safer
Bristol90.5241% safer
Leicester111.5914% safer
Liverpool123.063.8% safer
Margate127.68-
Bradford132.283.5% more dangerous
Leeds150.9415% more dangerous

Crime in Margate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cliftonville West2,537222First
Dane Valley & Northdown Hill1,135140Fourth
Margate Town1,774220Second
Salmestone1,209150Third
Westbrook & Garlinge59576Fifth

Margate Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestbrook & Garlinge (101)Cliftonville West (668)
Bicycle TheftWestbrook & Garlinge (1)Margate Town (13)
BurglaryWestbrook & Garlinge (11)Margate Town (64)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWestbrook & Garlinge (51)Margate Town (202)
DrugsWestbrook & Garlinge (14)Cliftonville West (126)
Other CrimeWestbrook & Garlinge (26)Cliftonville West (75)
Other TheftWestbrook & Garlinge (41)Margate Town (119)
Possession of WeaponsWestbrook & Garlinge (3)Cliftonville West (33)
Public OrderWestbrook & Garlinge (35)Margate Town (178)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westbrook & Garlinge (2)Margate Town (20)
ShopliftingSalmestone (36)Westbrook & Garlinge (77)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Westbrook & Garlinge (3)Margate Town (13)
Vehicle CrimeSalmestone (28)Margate Town (53)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWestbrook & Garlinge (297)Cliftonville West (1,378)

Crime in Margate During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Margate change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in August, when Margate saw a 1,300% increase in bicycle theft. Margate saw a large fall in robbery during April, when it fell by 90% compared to April in 2019. Rates of other theft and public order both fell year-on-year for every month during Margate's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+106%+123%+59%+10%+25%+5%+15%+33%+67%
Bicycle Theft+150%-29%-14%-75%+200%+1,300%-50%-+225%+67%
Burglary-56%-36%-74%-7%-49%-9%-34%+17%-19%+131%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-30%+2%-23%-8%+8%-31%-17%-15%-13%
Drugs+17%+5%-25%-39%-13%+53%+192%-15%-21%+80%
Other Crime+17%-11%-33%-+10%+146%+53%+31%+5%+6%
Other Theft-42%-24%-45%-38%-18%-29%-28%+28%-17%-30%
Possession of Weapons+10%--25%+20%-40%+67%-13%--25%-40%
Public Order-22%-17%-13%-15%-1%-15%-9%+27%-11%-30%
Robbery+14%-90%-56%-71%-45%+56%+120%-82%+60%-20%
Shoplifting-18%-50%+42%+19%+6%+33%+40%-61%-39%-17%
Theft From the Person-33%---50%-50%-13%--43%--50%
Vehicle Crime-54%-33%-69%-61%-73%-23%-69%+12%+10%-68%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%+2%+9%+7%+12%+20%+3%+8%+7%+10%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Margate

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

How dangerous is Margate?
Margate is the most dangerous major town in Kent.

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

What is the least common crime in Margate?
Margate's least common crime is theft from the person (inc. pickpocketing).

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