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Crime and Safety in Paddock Wood

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Paddock Wood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent, and is the 87th most dangerous overall out of Kent's 331 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Paddock Wood in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Kent's overall crime rate, coming in 25% lower than the Kent rate of 87 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Paddock Wood is the 257th most dangerous small town, and the 1,559th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2017, Paddock Wood was the worst small town in Kent for theft from the person, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2015 was also a bad month for Paddock Wood residents, when it was Kent's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 3 crimes at a rate of 0.37 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Paddock Wood are violence and sexual offences, with 294 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 36. This is 18% higher than 2020's figure of 240 offences and a difference of 6.65 from 2020's crime rate of 30. Paddock Wood's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 100% from 2020's figure of 4 crimes.

Paddock Wood 2022 Crime Scorecard

Top 20 Most Dangerous

Small Towns, Kent

3.2% lower, regional crime rate

South East

10% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Paddock Wood is 3.2% lower than the South East and 10% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Paddock Wood Crime Rate Over Time

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Paddock Wood Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Paddock Wood represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.

Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022

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Historical Crime Rates for Paddock Wood

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
202170566
202068550
201973594
201880648
201756457
201638311

Crime in Paddock Wood Compared To Kent

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Summary of Crimes in Paddock Wood This Year

 Paddock WoodKent 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour14818.2237,00419.89 9% safer
Bicycle Theft40.499640.52 6% safer
Burglary222.715,9703.21 18% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson749.1119,28110.36 14% safer
Drugs70.864,0152.16 151% safer
Other Crime242.965,3902.90 2.0% more dangerous
Other Theft435.2911,0375.93 12% safer
Public Order425.1713,7447.39 43% safer
Robbery20.251,0640.57 128% safer
Shoplifting232.838,8494.76 68% safer
Vehicle Crime313.827,9234.26 12% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences29436.2082,37144.27 22% safer

Paddock Wood Compared to Nearby Small Towns)

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Hythe96063.3410% safer
Sevenoaks1,42664.648% safer
Aylesford74665.267% safer
Minster-on-Sea1,15467.373.5% safer
Tenterden53368.312.0% safer
Paddock Wood56669.70-
East Malling and Larkfield1,02469.760.09% more dangerous
Hawkinge63272.013.2% more dangerous
Frindsbury Extra55072.984.5% more dangerous
Hoo St. Werburgh84682.9816% more dangerous
Edenbridge83585.5118% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Paddock Wood

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Recent Crimes in Paddock Wood

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Yeoman GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ewins CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fuggles CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Kent CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near GoldingsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Chaffinch WayUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near WoodlandsUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near New RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Station ApproachInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Warrington RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Chantler'S HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Bowls PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Ballard WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Paddock Wood Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour13172818 Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.620.860.620.49 Safer
Burglary3.33.13.72.7 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson121399 Safer
Drugs0.490.860.990.86 Getting worse
Other Crime2.02.62.13.0 Getting worse
Other Theft71055 Safer
Public Order974.35 Safer
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.370.490.490.25 Safer
Shoplifting15652.8 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.34.363.8 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences28243036 Getting worse

Changes In Paddock Wood's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Paddock Wood to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.083.9% safer
Paddock Wood69.70-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0523% more dangerous
Bristol90.5223% more dangerous
Coventry102.2432% more dangerous
Leicester111.5938% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6446% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9454% more dangerous

Crime in Paddock Wood During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Paddock Wood change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Paddock Wood saw a 414% increase in anti-social behaviour. Paddock Wood saw a large fall in criminal damage and arson during June, when it fell by 93% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-8%+127%+414%+82%+150%---21%+100%+63%
Bicycle Theft----------
Burglary+100%-25%------+200%-33%
Criminal Damage and Arson+150%-38%-53%-93%+60%-50%-14%-65%--47%
Drugs--+100%-------
Other Crime--75%-40%--67%+100%+200%---
Other Theft--80%-55%-73%-20%-25%--43%-+25%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order--60%-38%-86%+300%+100%-67%-40%+300%-
Robbery------+100%---
Shoplifting-17%-60%-50%-+67%--25%--33%-
Vehicle Crime--50%-20%--33%-25%+100%+50%+233%-
Violence and Sexual Offences+111%-38%+63%+75%-19%+50%+11%+89%+29%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Paddock Wood

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

How dangerous is Paddock Wood?
Paddock Wood is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in Kent.

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

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

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