Margate Crime Overview

Margate is the most dangerous major town in Kent, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Kent's 335 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Margate in 2020 was 129 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Kent rate of 85 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Margate is among the top 5 most dangerous major towns, and the 209th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Margate had the worst crime rate in Kent for burglary, with 30 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 inhabitants. May 2020 was also a bad month for Margate residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 97 crimes at a rate of 1.5 per 1,000 residents. Margate recorded 26 reports of drugs during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.40 the worst for drugs in Kent that month.

The most common crimes in Margate are violence and sexual offences, with 4,326 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 66. This is 2.8% higher than 2019's figure of 4,206 offences and a difference of 1.83 from 2019's crime rate of 64. Margate's least common crime is theft from the person, with 39 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 44% from 2019's figure of 56 crimes.

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Crime in Margate Compared To Kent

Summary of Crimes in Margate This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,50438.1148,31625.9732% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft861.311,1650.6352% more dangerous
Burglary3054.647,0893.8118% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson96414.6718,62210.0132% more dangerous
Drugs2774.224,2172.2746% more dangerous
Other Crime2734.165,1152.7534% more dangerous
Other Theft5348.1310,9545.8928% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons801.221,3510.7340% more dangerous
Public Order74811.3913,1587.0738% more dangerous
Robbery831.261,3090.7044% more dangerous
Shoplifting3355.109,2254.962.7% more dangerous
Theft From the Person390.598340.4524% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime4416.719,0874.8827% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences4,32665.8576,37441.0538% more dangerous

Margate Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Maidstone10,44987.1448% safer
Ashford6,75089.6944% safer
Gillingham11,203103.1725% safer
Rochester6,935104.2824% safer
Chatham8,964110.9117% safer

Crime Over Time in Margate

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Margate Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour33272838Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.41.30.821.3Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson15151615Safer
Drugs3. worse
Other Crime2. worse
Other Theft1011118Safer
Possession of Weapons0.671.21.41.2Getting worse
Public Order10171311Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.590.730.850.59Safer
Vehicle Crime6797Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences55666466Getting worse

Changes In Margate's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Margate to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7191% safer
Coventry77.4167% safer
Croydon83.2255% safer
Sheffield85.8151% safer
Bristol86.2150% safer
Leicester97.4433% safer
Birmingham102.8726% safer
Liverpool107.2820% safer
Bradford133.022.8% more dangerous
Leeds137.106% more dangerous

Crime in Margate's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Cliftonville West2,662233First
Dane Valley & Northdown Hill1,204149Fourth
Margate Town1,868232Second
Westbrook & Garlinge58074Fifth

Margate Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourWestbrook & Garlinge (155)Cliftonville West (922)
Bicycle TheftWestbrook & Garlinge (4)Cliftonville West (36)
BurglaryWestbrook & Garlinge (24)Cliftonville West (91)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWestbrook & Garlinge (68)Cliftonville West (298)
DrugsDane Valley & Northdown Hill (10)Margate Town (90)
Other CrimeWestbrook & Garlinge (27)Margate Town (62)
Other TheftWestbrook & Garlinge (27)Margate Town (135)
Possession of WeaponsWestbrook & Garlinge (1)Margate Town (23)
Public OrderWestbrook & Garlinge (17)Cliftonville West (261)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Westbrook & Garlinge (8)Cliftonville West (33)
ShopliftingDane Valley & Northdown Hill (3)Margate Town (109)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Dane Valley & Northdown Hill (3)Margate Town (17)
Vehicle CrimeDane Valley & Northdown Hill (51)Salmestone (85)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWestbrook & Garlinge (313)Cliftonville West (1,343)

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 1,200% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour+28%+107%+112%+54%+5%+22%+3%+12%+29%+60%
Bicycle Theft+150%-29%-14%-75%+275%+1,200%-50%-+225%+67%
Criminal Damage and Arson-8%-30%+2%-23%-4%+4%-29%-12%-9%-13%
Other Crime+17%-15%-34%-4%+5%+138%+64%+25%+5%+6%
Other Theft-42%-19%-46%-39%-19%-28%-31%+25%-18%-31%
Possession of Weapons+10%--25%+20%-40%+67%-13%--33%-40%
Public Order-18%-17%-11%-14%-5%-18%-13%+24%-11%-31%
Theft From the Person-33%---50%-50%-13%--43%--75%
Vehicle Crime-51%-34%-68%-59%-76%-20%-67%+13%--68%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%+1%+7%+10%+16%+21%+1%+5%+5%+15%

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).

Last updated: 07 May 2021